- Environmental Education and Wildlife
- Sled Dog Racing
- Community Farms and Small Holdings
- Camper Van Adventures
- Sailing Adventures
- Shetland Islands
- Cumbria and the Lake District
- Republic of Ireland
- Northern Ireland
- South West
- South East
- Channel Islands
- East Anglia
- North West
- North East
- South Wales
- Mid Wales
- North Wales and Anglesey
- Scottish Highlands and Islands
- Mainland Scotland
About Me & Mine
Hi, my name is Helen McLean and I live in Sunderland with my husband Stewart and our two boys Benjamin (Ben) aged 8 and Alexander (Alex) aged 1. Collectively we like to refer to ourselves as team McLean. As busy working parents with a young family we like nothing more than to leave the demanding domestic chaos of everyday life behind and get outside.
Favourite place in the world:
I'm struggling to pick between the Lake District and the Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland. They are both absolutely stunning places. We spend a vast majority of our time in the Lake District as a family, however my Hubby proposed on the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge in County Antrim which makes it a little bit special for me.
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Definitely camping! Come rain or shine you will usually find team McLean spending quality family time on some family friendly campsite and I'm not talking about big commercial sites. We prefer basic sites where things like the location, views and surrounding area make the site a little bit special. Camping and children basically just go together and to be fair observing our boys having simple fun is very much an underrated pleasure of being a parent.
Team McLean absolutely loved camping at Fisherground, Eskdale. After a rather terrifying drive over Hardknott Pass we arrived safe and sound. The weather wasn't particularly great but our boys don't seem to mind getting wet. There is something a little magical about Fisherground, with an adventure playground, pond complete with tyre rafts and it's very own steam locomotive station it's a family paradise.