We are counting down the days until we head to California. As it gets closer the reality of flying long-haul solo with an in-lap infant and a soon-to-be 4 year old is dawning on me. Whilst I try and wriggle my flight-averse legs under a hopefully slumbering toddler, my husband will be lording …
Walk Distance: 2.2km
Walk Duration: 1hr 30 (at preschooler walking speed and allowing clambering up rocks & admiring the view time). Half this time at a normal pace!
Ordnance Survey: OS Landranger 157 St. David’s & Haverford West; OS Explorer OL35 North Pembrokeshire
Suitable for: Babies in carriers, little legs (with a bit of …View full post
Walk Distance: 3.4km
Walk Duration: 1hr 15 at a slow preschooler pace including lots of stops and toddling by the 16 month old.
Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer OL28 Dartmoor; OS Landranger 191 Okehampton & North Dartmoor
Suitable for: Babies in carriers, older children. The uphill return walk and the fact there is some significant lane walking …View full post
Walk Distance: 6.5km (slightly less if you are returning to a different ferry point on Bryher. Closer to 7km if you walk along the whole of Bryher ‘s south coast rather than up and across Samson Hill).
Walk Duration: 3hrs 30 (with a walking 3 y/o and baby in carrier, including stopping time). Allow a …View full post
Walk Distance: 1.3km
Walk Duration: 30 minutes at a steady pace. Allow 50 minutes if walking with toddlers.
Ordnance Survey: OS Landranger 26 Inverness & Loch Ness & 20 Beinn Dearg & Loch Broom , OS Explorer 437 Ben Wyvis & Strathpeffer. If you stick to just the route on this walk though …View full post
Walk Distance: 3.5km (or 2.6km if going there-&-back via King Edward’s Road)
Walk Duration: 50 mins- 1hr 30 depending on how long you take to stop, scramble up rocks and explore the beaches on the way!
Ordnance Survey: OS Landranger 203 Land’s End & Isles of Scilly, OS Explorer 101 Isles of Scilly
Suitable for: …View full post
Walk Distance: 3.9km
Walk Duration: 1hr 45 at relaxed preschooler speed, not including a stop at the excellent Chequers Inn
Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer 171 Chiltern Hills West; OS Landranger 175 Reading & Windsor
Suitable for: Good little walkers, babies in carriers (but if you have weak knees be aware there are a couple of …View full post
Walk Distance: 4.5km
Walk Duration: 1hr 15 at a relaxed pace, including brief bird watching/ snack stop.
Suitable for: Babies in carriers, little legs. Longer routes offer perfect paved track for pushchairs and cyclists of all ages.
Walk Features: Huge unspoilt sandy beach, sand dunes, lake with plenty of wetland bird watching, bison/highland cows & perfect …View full post
Walk Distance: 7.8km
Walk Duration: 2hr 20 (with a fairly speedy 3 year old and 1 year old in carrier, 3 hours including picnic stop).
Ordnance Survey: OS Landranger 173 Swindon & Devizes; OS Explorer 157 Marlborough & Savernake Forest;
Suitable for: Babies in carriers, good little legs, possible with all-terrain pushchairs and mountain bikes.
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Walk Distance: 6.4km
Walk Duration: 1 hour 40 at a steady pace (with 1 year old in carrier, no toddler & no pub stop!)
Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer 171 Chiltern Hills West, OS Landrager 175 Reading & Windsor
Suitable for: Babies in carriers, good little walkers, all the family. There is also the option to …View full post
Walk Distance: 4.2 km (There-&-back-again route), 4.4 km ( circular route)
Walk Duration: 1hr 20 (in snow & with sledges and time for snow-play)
Maps: Swiss topographic maps available in 1: 25 000 & 1:50 000 – see http://www.toposhop.admin.ch/ .
Suitable for: Off-road pushchairs, sledge walking, chlldren in carriers, good little walkers and all …View full post
The Baby Routes house has gone a bit bonkers over hedgehogs this year. These curious little creatures are a British countryside favourite and yet when was the last time you saw one? Increasing amounts of roads to cross, reduced vegetation, more fences and boundaries and the use of pesticides and slug pellets have all made …
Travel is one of my great loves. Discovering beautiful and fascinating new places, learning about a new culture and discovering a million little granules of knowledge that you’d never have acquired at home – these are just a few of the reasons why I love exploring the world. Travelling with kids makes that experience even …
Autumn is upon us in all its gleaming conker and whirling leaved glory. Despite the wonders of the season and the promise of winter fun ahead, most of us have the odd little pang about the end of summer as we put away the barbecue. If you’re one of those people prone to winter …
Roo is back to preschool again and is now going several days a week. It’s hard to believe that next year she will be going to school full-time and the switch to pre-school has brought it home to me that our time with just the two of us is ticking away. Given her autumn …
A month ago we headed out of the house with the usual assortment of hiking boots, baby carriers, water bottles and rain coats. Our destination for the day was just south of Swindon and our aim to continue our family challenge of walking the Ridgeway National Trail in family-friendly chunks.
We started walking the Ridgeway …
It’s happened. September is here and with it autumn seems to have come scurrying along at its heels. Whilst I’m reaching for an extra jumper and wondering how long I can leave it before putting the heating on, outside one of the most richly rewarding seasons is kicking off. We don’t have to go far …
Close your eyes and imagine an artist’s palette of Agapanthus Blue, Tresco Aquamarine, Dappled Seal Grey, St. Martin’s Sand Gold or Hotentot Pink. Perhaps throw in some Storm Black, Sea-Mist Silver and Heather Green. If you’ve been to the Isles of Scilly then this is no doubt how those glorious …
A few weeks ago, I leapt at the chance to volunteer a review of The Ultimate Guide to Green Parenting by Zion Lights, as part of a project by The Wild Network. If you’ve not heard of Project Wild Thing or The Wild Network and you believe in getting kids away from screens and …
As the rain hammers on the window as I write, my mind is back in the sunshine of the Yoghurt Rooms campsite two weekends ago. We were there for Escape to the Countryside – a small, back-to-nature family festival held on organic Busses Farm in rural Sussex. Roo spent most …