- 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
Thre's four of us - Sarah, Paul, Oliver (5 yers) and Alice (2 years). We live in Herfordshire. We're often found heading to other places for weekends and holidays.
Favourite place in the world:
The west coast of Scotland. We love how beautiful it is with the combinations of mountains, sea and spectacular beaches. I'd be hard pushed to say which our favourite place is there but anywhere on the Outer Hebrides would be near the top of the list. As anywhere in Scotland is a very long drive from Hertfordshire, then this is a rare but much enjoyed pleasure.
Favourite things to do outdoors:
I'm a keen hillwalker. When I'm not pesuading my own children to walk somewhere, I'm persuading teenagers to put their best feet forward and not get lost as a Duke of Edinburgh Scheme leader.
We also love cycling. Oliver is super speedy on his bike so we are always on the look out for some safe but enjoyable family cycling.
We also like camping, watching wildlife, gardening and exploring new places.
I’ll be honest that the idea of going to an ‘adventure park’ or ‘theme park’ usually wants to make me run screaming to the hills in the other direction. My usual tactic is not to tell the children that these types of places exist as selfishly I would rather go for a walk, bike ride or any other outdoor activity.
We’ve just returned from a weekend camping in Norfolk. Oliver is super speedy on his bike and is capable of a decent length ride so we spent some time looking for family cycling options before we went. As Oliver is only 5, we prefer routes that are off-road but relatively easy as he’s on a bike without gears still.
Oliver and visited one of our favourite haunts at the weekend – Graveley Fruit Farm near Stevenage. I’ve been going there since I was a child to pick strawberries, raspberries and other soft fruit. When we moved back to Hertfordshire nearly three years ago, this was one of the places that I was very keen to rediscover.
Sunday was the day that the Olympic torch was travelling through Hertfordshire. Oliver has been learning about the Olympics at school so was very keen to see it. The torch wasn’t coming through where we live (except on its bus) so went to Norton to see it. This involved a walk from my parents where we could park.
We were camping near Rydal Water in the Lake District over the Jubilee holiday weekend. We’ve camped there several times over the last five years with a group of friends. A couple of years ago, the group of children made bark and leaf boats to sail on the river running through the campsite. This year, they were very keen to build more!