Going out in our canoes is always fun, but a journey brings the bonus of a real sense of achievement. We had lots of great days on the Helford River last summer, but the one I most enjoyed was the descent of the tidal part of the river from Gweek to the sea.
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Another place we really like to visit during ‘Snowdrop Season’ is Colesbourne Park in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds. It opens for just ten days each year to allow people to admire the snowdrops. We didn’t manage to go last year, and so we were determined to make up for it this year.
Hurrah! Our Bog Boots arrived, and super smart they are too (or should I say were, for reasons which will become clear). The 7yo chose the black ones and was happy to have Darth Vader boots again (his previous wellies were black too).
Batsford Arboretum is a firm favourite with our Little Trekkers. More compact than Westonbirt and Stourhead, it has an intimate and welcoming atmosphere, and you really do feel at liberty to wander amongst the trees. Set on a hillside with superb views over the surrounding countryside, it’s a fantastic setting.
Back in the summer – which now seems impossibly long ago – we were trying to get used to going out in two canoes. One particular day, we thought we would again trolley the canoes the mile to the creek on the Helford River, and explore downstream. We calculated that, although it would be a neap tide, we should still have enough water to launch as long as we didn’t faff too much.
A few of the places we really like to visit are open only during ‘Snowdrop Season’. One of these is Welford Park, near Newbury. News that the cold weather had produced perfect conditions for the snowdrops there was enough to make us hotfoot it over to see them.
I was recently inspired by an article I read about how we are now raising our children in captivity - this notion really struck a chord with me - perhaps because of my own upbringing in the sprawling concrete jungle of Hong Kong, or perhaps because sometimes it just is 'easier' to turn on the TV and let your kids while away their childhood.
After the success of our 18-mile walk in February, I began to think about other big adventures that James and I might have together during one week of the summer holidays.
To be honest, getting the kids out for a dog walk can be brutally tough at times. We know that once they're out they have the best time, enjoying the freedom of the open countryside, the excitement of playing in the woods, and simply getting as muddy as possible. They, however, don't seem to remember that and can put up an almighty battle.
James and I have a long-distance walk coming up soon and, to be ready for it, we have been ‘getting some miles in’. The other day, I was pondering what we might do, and thought of walking to Avebury.
The start of a New Year always makes me want to get outside and blow away the cobwebs.