The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame is a particular favourite of Roo’s. Living near the section of rural Thames that inspired the book and exploring its many footpaths and familiar wildlife daily, it was always going to hit close to home for our mini-nature-enthusiast-come-book-worm. Roo also loves a particularly beautiful tableaux …
Walk Distance: 1.8km
Walk Duration: 1hr (allow an extra 30 mins at toddler pace or with view/play breaks)
Ordnance Survey: OS Landranger 133 North East Norfolk; OS Explorer 252 Norfolk Coast East
Suitable for: babies in carriers, little walkers, older children, all the family. Off-road and sturdy regular pushchairs can be used on a shorter …View full post
Walk Distance: 5.8km walk to the Hollywood sign and back
Walk Duration: Allow around 3 hours with mini hikers.
Maps: There are various paper maps available including some basic ones from the Griffith Park Visitor Centre but none I’d recommend particularly over another. You can find …View full post
Walk Distance: 2.6km (basic loop) or 5.2 km (including detour to New Manor Farm)
Walk Duration: 1hr 15 for the basic loop at preschooler pace, with plenty of view admiring time; allow 2-3 hours if heading to New Manor Farm – you’ll want to leave plenty of time …View full post
Walk Distance: 3.44km including the diversion to the rock pool, 2.7km for just the main loop.
Walk Duration: 1hr 50 at pre-schooler pace (the toddler was in the backpack for most of it). Included a short time at the rock pool. Warm autumn conditions.
Tom Harrison Maps – Malibu Creek State Park 1:31,680 ; …View full post
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
“Welcome to ‘Holiday Dreaming’ – a new monthly series of posts in which I hope to bring inspiration for adventurous and outdoorsy holidays for active young families.
Being an avid researcher by nature and training, and a huge enthusiast for travel, I am always planning new family holidays with a ‘wild’ twist. …
The Nature Discovery Centre, run by the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust at Thatcham has been cropping up a lot in the last six months of so, mainly when looking for outdoorsy and wildlife activities to take Roo and Beth to. Despite its lure, being a little further than …
Do you want to know the magic solution to a slug infestation? Get some frogs!
Joking aside, frogs are seriously helpful little creatures to have in the garden, as are their amphibious relatives – toads and newts. All of them enjoy a diet of small insects, insect larvae and slugs, …
On our winter weekend escape to the north Norfolk coast I wanted to stay somewhere that was a complete retreat, where we could cosy ourselves away as the early winter evenings set in and from which we could make easy forays into the local countryside to blast away the winter gloom. …
Ducks and children – could there be a better match for early childhood fun? I’m not entirely sure how the tradition of going to feed the ducks began or how far back in history. I don’t know whether it is the comedic way ducks waddle, their noisy quacking or their unquestioning acceptance of …
Read a childhood classic such as ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and you’d be forgiven for thinking that children naturally spend their time running carefree through miles of glorious countryside in pursuit of adventure.
This romantic ideal of childhood has grown evermore distant as society has moved on. These days over 80% of the …
I woke up this morning to a beautiful orange sunrise (definitely of the ‘Shepherd’s warning’ variety) and to the sound of the birds singing. It’s still a bit early in the year for a full-blown dawn chorus but despite the nippy temperatures I’ve definitely noticed an increase in volume of …
…continued from Part 1: Griffith Park & Hollywood – From the Stars Above…
Hollywood and the Stars Below
After days spent exploring the high ground that towers iconically over Hollywood’s famous streets, it was time to head back down from the hills. Back down at the bottom of the canyons our drive …
When we returned to Los Angeles for the third week of our month in California we were curious to head inland. The first week of our stay had been based in the trendy and eclectic LA seaside hub of Santa Monica but I longed to get a bit closer to …