Articles tagged with: family walks

On the edge at Sheigra

On the edge at Sheigra

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If you live in the North-West Highlands the flipside of looooooong spring & summer days is looooooong autumn & winter nights. And yes the weather. Of course we live by the saying 'There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing' but even the best of Spotty Otter gear does not always help with that often half-hearted sense of adventure ...

Autumn Tryptych (Part 1)

Autumn Tryptych (Part 1)

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One thing we always like to do at this time of year is to go and see the trees in all their autumn glory. I wrote something similar this time last year, but am unashamedly going to say it again: if you haven’t yet been for an autumn walk amongst the leaves, then you really should go now.

Starling Spectacular

Starling Spectacular

Across the length and breadth of the UK, between October and March, you have the chance to see what is surely one of nature’s most magnificent sights: a ‘murmuration’ of starlings. Tens, or perhaps even hundreds of thousands of birds, all swooping and diving and looping across the dusk sky before settling down to roost for the night.

An ‘Alpine Adventure’ at Sand Point

An ‘Alpine Adventure’ at Sand Point

When, a few years ago, we discovered Brean Down, we noticed another ‘interesting-looking’ promontory called Sand Point. Brean lies to the south of Weston-Super-Mare, while Sand Point lies to the north of it, near Kewstoke. The forecast for the New Year’s Day Bank Holiday was good, and Sand Point had the attraction of being a slightly shorter drive than Brean Down, so it was the perfect moment for a visit.

Going the Full Distance

Going the Full Distance

About six months ago, when it was still winter, James and I took part in a sponsored hill walk. If I’m honest, I don’t normally go in for this sort of thing as I prefer the hills to myself, but it was in a beautiful landscape, James was keen, and it was for a good cause.

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