Continuing our half term in the Lake District after the bank holiday with friends we moved around quite a bit. Allonby for a coastal fix for both toddler and dog (pebble throwing and sea swimming), Whinlatter for some mountain biking (Jamie), Derwent Water for some road biking (me), Keswick for a quick walk up Latrigg for the views and Pooley Bridge for some more walking alongside water in a conveniently ‘on the way home’ location.
Articles tagged with: family walks
Today we really wanted to go and explore some areas down Fife or Lothian way, but we get beautiful weather so seldomly that we had to follow the sun – inland it was, then! We’ve passed through Ballater many times en-route to other places but never explored it properly. Jon suggested that as we’ve spectacularly failed to do any family walks during National Walking Month that we go for a bit of a bimble around one of the many circular walks around Ballater.
National walking month is over half way through now and whilst we have been out and about lots, we have only done a few walks as a family. So when Granny and Grandad arrived the boys decided that they wanted to take them hunting for treasure on one of their favourites up Fairy Hill.
One of the things we had to get used to on our recent Austria wanderings was that one does not simply stomp through Austria without a plan. Or directions. This is the country that has proper paths and signposts and they paint way marks on trees and generally it's very difficult to get lost (even for somebody like me who cannot follow any directions). Just as well I grew up in Austria! I only caught on to my 'getting lost easily' challenge when I was well grown up and started to live outside Austria!
James has been really getting into his walking recently and given the choice he’ll usually pick a day in the hills as his activity of choice. He has been steadily knocking off a few munro’s (though not quick enough for his liking!). Whilst getting out and doing the actual walking is pretty easy given he’s so keen, it’s the logistics of it all that seem to be the difficult part for us.
Having a new addition to the family doesn't have to stop you from enjoying the outdoors. Our little lad is 10 months and we have been hiking with him around the UK and Europe since he was four weeks old; here is what we have learned.
“But what happens when it’s raining? How do you get them to walk then?” Once I’ve described how, with a bit of determination and imagination, it’s perfectly possible to get the children to go for that walk, there’s usually an immediate follow-on question about how to achieve this in wet weather. The answer is ‘More of the same!’
Our recent mini break wasn't all about glamping it up in a posh tent for the weekend....we were keen to get out every day and enjoy what the spectacular Dromoise countryside has to offer.
There is no school on a Wednesday afternoon across the majority of France. The idea is, that children use this time to pursue any hobbies or sports that might interest them. In the past, the older boys have signed up to judo at the beginning of the year and that has been our Wednesday afternoons accounted for. This year, however, we thought we'd leave them free to do whatever takes our fancy at the time; be it skiing, cycling, walking, swimming or simply hanging out with friends.
Although I’m writing this on a particularly rainy day, May really has been pretty glorious so far, giving us some perfect weather for adventures. The good weather, #NationalWalkingMonth and new shoes from Little Trekkers (Meindl Responds for the 7yo) inspired us to plan an epic walk. Most often we head out from the house on foot and walk around our local area, but for this walk we decided to try something new. We even had to pick up a new OS Map as we were heading over the border to Wiltshire (sounds more dramatic than it was, we only drove for 30 minutes to the starting point!).
Ah, a sunny bank holiday! And what’s more, a really hot one!! It was absolutely perfect timing to try out Dora’s new Keen Newport sandals from Little Trekkers.
May is National Walking Month and it’s got me thinking about how we’ve managed to make going for a family walk not only normal, but also enjoyable for our two boys. I’m no expert by any means, but I thought I’d jot down some thoughts on raising happy walkers based on our experiences. I’d love to hear your ideas too!