Baby Beth has just turned one. In the run-up to her birthday I had the usual researching frenzy for outdoorsy gifts as well as ideas for generous friends and family asking for present inspiration. We eventually opted for a convertible trike that goes from parent-guided push-along to a fully toddler powered set of wheels. Beth …
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
Walk Distance: 3km
Walk Duration: 1hr 20 at toddler speed (!) , about 50 minutes at a normal pace.
Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer 171 Chiltern Hills West; OS Landranger 165 Aylesbury and Leighton Buzzard
Suitable for: Children in slings or carriers, good little walkers (the uphill stretch is steep but short – our 3 year old walked …View full post
Walk Distance: 6.8km
Walk Duration: 2 1/2 hours (or longer if walking the whole way with a toddler)!
Ordnance Survey: OS Landranger 173 Swindon & Devizes; OS Explorer 157 Marlborough & Savernake Forest;
Suitable for: Dogs, Off-road buggies (take the road on the final stretch back to Ogbourne St. George, babies in carriers, good little …View full post
Walk Distance: 2 km
Walk Duration: 1 hour with a slow mini walker though you can do it considerably faster at normal walking speed.
Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer 141 Cheddar Gorge & Mendip Hills West; OS Landranger 172 Bristol & Bath
Suitable for: Babies in carriers, good little walkers, all the family.
Walk Features: …View full post
Walk Distance: 1 km
Walk Duration: 35 minutes at toddler speed, including view admiring time!
Ordnance Survey: OS Landranger 101 Scarborough; OS Explorer 301 Scarborough, Bridlington & Flamborough Head (although the walk is very short and on paved paths so an OS should not be necessary).
Suitable for: babies in slings, good little walkers (a …View full post
Walk Distance: 2.3 km
Walk Duration: 1 hr at toddler speed (it took us 1hr 30 with plenty of time for watching the seal pups & visit to info centre included).
Ordnance Survey: OS Landranger 157 St. David’s & Haverford West; OS Explorer OL36 South Pembrokeshire
Suitable for: Babies in carriers, older children, good …View full post
Walk Distance: 3.7 km
Walk Duration: 1 hour 15 at toddler speed, half a day if stopping off to visit tourist attractions.
Ordnance Survey: Whilst OS maps of London to exist, any good city street map of London will suffice.
Suitable for: Pushchairs, babies in carriers, good little walkers, older children.
Walk Features: Many …View full post
Walk Distance: 2.5km
Walk Duration: 1hr 15 (with little walkers. Longer if stopping to explore the cave and views!)
Ordnance Survey: OS Landranger 150 Worcester & The Malverns; OS Explorer 190 Malvern Hills & Bredon Hill
Suitable for: Babies in carriers, good little walkers, older children.
Walk Features: Fantastic views, Britsh Camp Iron Age Hill …View full post
Walk Distance: 1.3km
Walk Duration: 1 hour (at toddler pace & with long picnic / photo stops). Could be walked in half the time easily!
Ordnance Survey: Ireland OS Discover 70
Suitable for: little legs (but watch them near cliff edges); babies in carriers, anyone able to climb. n.b. the Coumeenole Headland Walk has one high …View full post
From several feet of of powdery, crisp snow back to a greeny-brown drizzly mush. Returning to the UK from Switzerland last week was a bit of a shock to the system, even if it is quite nice not to have to take half an hour to dress the girls before venturing out the door! Patrolling …
This time last week I was feeling rather relieved at having a) made it past the Swiss Airlines’ check-in scales after numerous repacking attempts and b) arrived safely in Zurich after flying solo with aforementioned neo-scalebusting luggage, a 3 year-old and a baby. All without, I hasten to add, losing any bags or children. The …
There’s nothing like a long distance walking challenge for seeing the best of the UK countryside and giving you a goal to motivate you into your walking boots. The UK has some fantastic National Trail as well as hundreds of slightly shorter trails criss-crossing the land, all of which you can find the official details …
This week, whilst out on the regular potter with Roo and Baby Beth, I have also been doing some plotting. I’m not a great one for New Year’s resolutions of the traditional kind but I am quite fond of a challenge. This year I fancied something to help motivate me …
Florida is the archetypal place for a family holiday. With its sandy beaches, theme parks and endless sunshine, not to mention Disneyland and the Kennedy Space Centre, it is not difficult to see why so many families flock there every year.
Now I’m a big fan of sunshine, particularly …
With the Big Garden Bird Watch 2015 nearly upon us (not signed up yet? Check out this post…) and with Roo eager to give her brand new red Christmas binoculars a thorough test run, it has been all about the birds in this house recently. Last weekend we took it one step further and …
Walking is a fantastic past-time – a great, non-competitive form of outdoor exercise that allows contemplation, exploration and adventure. Every now and then though it’s nice to add in a bit of spice and setting yourself a challenge. One way of doing that is to join an organised event as an individual or team and …
With two huge weather systems moving into the UK this weekend, the Daily Mail is unsurprisingly getting very excited about wind, snow and a meteorological end of the world, metaphorically speaking. Or perhaps not. It is the Daily Mail after all. For us though that means the chance to make the most of the …
It’s chilly outside and the bird feeders are busier than ever. That must mean one thing – it’s time for the Big Garden Bird Watch again!
Every year the RSPB coordinates a community effort to survey which feathered visitors are visiting our gardens and to track trends in growth or …