Another one of our favourite local ambles is around Damflask Reservoir. It’s a lovely 3 mile round walk perfect for lazy days as it is pretty much the only flat walk our side of Sheffield. It is also super accessible as the track is gravelled - I used to bring Jasper round here in the pram when he was a little, little for his sling or carrier.
Little Trekkers Ambassadors
We must have the best customers in the World. They have been telling us for years about all the great things they get out and do with their families and we thought it was about time the World knew about it. This is not a ‘Places to go with the kids’ resource in a traditional sense. There’s lots of good websites out there already that can tell you the opening times and entry costs into the many hundreds of attractions that there are across the country.
This is about real experiences, in real places, by real families who get out there in this magnificent country of ours and do stuff. Great stuff! Stuff that you will look back on and remember for the rest of your life. Places that you may never have thought to go, things that you may never have thought to do. Told by those who have been there and done it, and want to pass it on to inspire other families to do the same. These are our Little Trekkers Ambassadors. They lead the way ….
Something we’ve wanted to do for a long time is to take the children canoe-camping. This would open up lots of tantalising possibilities: a descent of the Thames, the Wye, or the Spey; a journey through the Great Glen, across Rannoch Moor; or an adventure into Knoydart or to Suilven.
We got a bike seat for Dora as soon as she was old enough. We took her out twice, had a lovely time, and then winter came. And it just seemed to stick around for ever! We’re generally all-weather kind of people, but it’s not fair to stick Dora on the back of a bike when she’s not moving, she’s not only exposed to the elements but moving through them at some speed (however slow!) and it’s wet and cold and windy.
We’d been waiting for an opportunity to climb Ben A’an, a ‘small hill’ in the Trossachs overlooking Loch Katrine, but we were cursed with low cloud and damp, uninspiring weather. It takes weather that is unsafe – rather than merely unpleasant – to put me off climbing a hill, but it seems silly to make the children toil up a hill when there’s no prospect of a view from the top.
It was the first day of Spring and we woke up again to another dump of snow. One of the joys of snow in Britain is the novelty of it but this year we have had so much (We have loved it, although not so sure about everyone else).
Not everyone loves a moorland landscape. The vast, seemingly empty wilderness can feel overwhelming, and perhaps unexciting. They look beautiful in September when the heather is in full bloom, but are they a good place to explore with kids at other times of year?
Continuing our trip exploring areas of Wales we hadn’t been to before, we made a quick stop in the Gower. Unfortunately our relaxed attitude of just turning up at campsites backfired and we had a few fruitless stops before stumbling across the gorgeous Skysea campsite in Port Eynon. You can see the sea from the campsite – and walk onto the beach - what more could you want?!
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.
Stannage Edge is a mecca for climbers, runners and ramblers alike and is one of our favourite quick Sunday strolls. It doesn’t matter how many times we come up here, each time it looks different but equally epic.
Well spring is here and it's back to walking or cycling to school as much as possible. You can't beat our walk (well maybe you can, but ours is pretty awesome).
Last year, the boys had such a great time canoeing on Loch Awe that they decided it should henceforth be known as ‘Loch Awesome’. News that we were going canoeing there again was greeted with whoops of glee. It was a while since we’d been out in the canoes, so we decided to make things easy and put in by the railway bridge at the northern end of the loch near Kilchurn Castle just as we had on a previous trip.
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.