A family walk

Now that the children are older, we have started doing some longer walks (5+ miles) with them. Walking is something that we all enjoy as a family because it allows us to combine spending time together, physical exercise, an interest in nature and of course adventure! This was one of our most recent walks on a rare sunny day! We set off from Mortehoe towards Lee Bay, walking through farms and fields before eventually joining up with the coast path.

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We stopped for a picnic lunch at Bennett’s Mouth, which is between Bull Point and Lee Bay. We were in a hurry so before we left we grabbed some bits from Lidl bakery (Aaron loves the vegetable pizza slices and I like the goat’s cheese and pesto focaccia) along with cheese, peperami sticks, yogurts in squeezy packs and fruit. Not our normal picnic food but quick, easy and not terribly unhealthy.

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After lunch we followed the coast path back towards Bull Point lighthouse and Rockham Beach. There were steep paths and hundreds of steps going up and down the headlands. I’ve been working out recently and feel a lot fitter, but oh boy it was hard work! Aaron struggled but Tabitha has great stamina and steamed ahead of all of us!

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Once we arrived back at the carpark in Mortehoe, we drove around to Woolacombe to treat ourselves to icecreams and waffles! Colin and I have been eating Big Chief waffles since we were teenagers doing beach mission, although we don’t often go to Woolacombe in the summer now due to the crowds of holidaymakers.

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Why is the idea so much worse than the reality?

I recently watched the Project Wild Thing film. It made me think about how getting out into nature sometimes seems like too much effort, but once we are out there it makes us feel so much better. Today the children were really reluctant to leave the house, but we ended up having a fantastic time.

First we walked along the old railway embankment.

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Meet King Rosie and Sir Aaron Eagle Knight!

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Aaron asked to stop so that he could climb the trees and scramble up and down the bank. Tabitha watched him for a while and then wanted to join in. I bit back the urge to tell her to be careful and not to slide down on her bottom. Clothes can be washed, her confidence is more important.

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There were eight horses in the field today, we eventually coaxed most of them over except for a mare and foal who kept a wary distance.

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Aaron wanted to look for fungi in the hedgerow. We didn’t spot any, but we did see some Herb Robert still flowering.

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We met a ginger cat who rolled over to be tickled as soon as we approached.

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We heard a load buzzing sound nearby and saw what looked like a wasp attacking a bee. We watched them fighting for several minutes.

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Despite their reluctant start, the children didn’t want to go home, so we went to the playground for a while. We were physically tired by the time we got home but mentally refreshed and rejuvenated!

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