Fresh air and the great outdoors

With three boys I am always on the lookout for ways to have fun outside with them. They have boundless energy and a curiosity to explore. I feel our best times together are when we are outdoors whether walking, camping or frantically digging dams at the beach.


My boys digging away at the beach

Last weekend the weather was beautiful – bright, dry and crisp – so we were determined to make the most of it. We went on a walk using a great little guide that my parents gave us. Making Tracks is a fun activity walking pack created especially for children. It contains 12 interesting and easy to follow short walks in the North York Moors. Other packs area available covering the Lake District, the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales.


Making Tracks activity pack

The design is beautifully hand-illustrated with child-friendly maps and images.


Lovely artwork

We have done of few of the walks from the packs now and all have been hugely enjoyable. This weekend we did the walk from Thornton-le-Dale to Ellerburn, a beautiful hidden dale with an old church dating back to the 11th century.


The church at Ellerburn


Looking back at Ellerburn

The boys had a great time paddling in the stream that the walk follows. But no matter how many times I tell them not to wade too deep, they always seem to get water over the top of their wellies and end up with soggy feet – or worse.


Ted getting drenched

We have done a few of these walks including Falling Foss, Roseberry Topping and Hutton le Hole and all have been walks that have taken us off the beaten track to enjoy some stunning scenery.


Roseberry Topping aka Yorkshire’s Matterhorn


Worth the climb – the view from the top of Roseberry Topping


The Hermitage at Falling Ross


I wonder who lives here? A door in the tree at Falling Foss



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