Category Archive: Random ramblings

A bit of this, a bit of that...blogtastic variety!

Jun 11

Kit Review: Mummitroll Rain Suits by Tiny Trolls of Norway


Sometimes the weather puts up a barrier to just simply opening the door and getting out there. A physical barrier that, fortunately, is usually easily removed by putting on the right layers or protective clothing. 

When it comes to hiking, we are fairly well practiced at finding the right …

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Dec 23

Baby Routes shortlisted in Trespass Blog Awards!


It’s been quite a year here at Baby Routes – not least for the arrival of our third mini-hiker in September. We’ve walked miles and miles of new routes (many still to be added to the walking routes section of this site) including along Hadrian’s Wall, the Farne Islands and wild Northumberland, a …

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Oct 24

All Change

How is it Autumn half term already?

The last time I posted I was still sporting a humongous baby belly and basking out in what seemed to be an endless summer. Now the leaves on the oak tree in the garden are falling and we are overrun with apples (send your dessert apple recipe ideas …

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Jun 15

Wildlife Wednesday: 30 Days Wild Challenge – Days 8-14

The 30 Days Wild challenge for the Wildlife Trusts has been continuing this week in the Baby Routes household. After all the activity of our first week, it’s been another busy wildlife week here with nocturnal garden explorations, making plaster casts of deer tracks and some pond-dipping and microscope action. There’s also been …

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Jun 15

Outdoor Activities: Making an Animal Track Cast

After coming across the idea in a wonderful book of nature activities I picked up from a charity shop, I’ve been eager to try out making an animal track cast out of Plaster of Paris of some of those tracks we find out on our family walks. We gave it a first shot …

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May 16

And the winner is…

Thank you so much for all your entries to win an iHere Smart Key Finder and Selfie Remote. I’ve enjoyed reading all your comments and with over 600 entries I am relieved to know I am by no means alone in having difficulty keeping track on my keys sometimes!

There can only be one winner …

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May 02

Review & Competition: iHere Smart Key Finder & Selfie Remote

If you ask my close friends and family they will tell you that I am forever losing my personal possessions. Not on a permanent basis. Just long enough to make me late for the train or cause moderate panic as I convince myself that the very-expensive-to-replace keys to our holiday …

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Jan 06

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all!

We have had a wonderful festive period in the Baby Routes household and even managed to slip in a very muddy but view-tastic New Year’s Day family walk back in the ever-beautiful Chew Valley, including a hike up to our first trig point of the year!

As …

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Sep 12

The Ridgeway National Trail: Heading north at last!

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 …

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Aug 19

Wildlife Wednesday: Blackberry Season!

This last week for us has heralded the start of that most glorious time of year – blackberry picking season! We’ve been out gorging ourselves on Britain’s best and most bountiful wild berry twice this week and have a huge pot of blackberries in our fridge waiting to be turned …

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