Discovering the UK – Dartmoor

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The camper van is sitting at the end of the garden looking a little forlorn. It is still used over the winter but only as a second car. It is demoted. Just a vehicle. No longer a home, no longer an engine of escape.  I miss it during the winter months.  The escape, the exploring and the quiet times with the family.

But why let the end of the camping season stop us from exploring this beautiful country we live in? Continue reading

Adventures required.

Autumn sunlight Beech wood

Once again our camping season is over, we have done what is necessary to winter the Bongo and thoughts turn towards autumn walks, dark evenings and an excuse to buy a new walking jacket….However, whatever my intentions I always find that we spend a lot less time outdoors in the winter, less time getting away from the busyness of everyday life, less time just being a family. So this year I have a plan to increase the number of adventures in our lives even in winter!

I love to walk and now the girls are a bit older we have managed some good little adventures – last spring we walked up Snowdon. It was cloudy, wet and cold at the top but it felt like a real achievement and wet my appetite for more, more, more!

So now I am on the look out for family adventures, blogs like The Family Adventure Project and Alastair Humphrey‘s provide great inspiration.  I’m thinking small, big and medium sized adventures. Last night we walked home from school a very long way round just to get a little bit more time outdoors, looking at and appreciating nature. So a small adventure to start us off. But what will be next?

I am considering a guided canoe tour of Bristol Harbour, rock climbing, a night time walk….what else? Please share your family’s favourite adventures whatever size they are!

Top 7 campsites to visit this Summer

I don’t often accept guest posts as I like to make sure I bring you totally relevant material. However, when Trekwear approached me with this I was more than happy to accept it. These campsites look fabulous!

Not all these campsites allow campfires but are in such stunning locations I may have to bend my rules.

My favourite is number 5.  Very cool!

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The untold wonders of waterproof trousers.

IMG_8266During the first week of the Easter holidays we visited the Lake District.  As we all know the UK has many areas of beautiful countryside but I must admit the Lake District is one of my favourites.  However, it is also the second wettest area of Britain.

‘Yes, it may well rain’ I explained to my children as I booked the holiday, secretly believing we would be lucky and enjoy a week of unusually warm, spring loveliness.  However, as the date approached for our departure it became evident that spring sunshine was highly unlikely. Continue reading

When you can’t camp…

Brean Down

Wow! It has been pretty glorious the last couple of weekends hasn’t it?  The camping itch has been getting hard to ignore. But lets face it is only March, and though we’ve had some warm days, nights are still pretty chilly. Although we love camping we aren’t all that hardcore.  The campervan does not have heating and even if it did, I don’t generally like sitting around in it in the evenings.  So whilst we have been very tempted we haven’t quite committed to the start of the camping season yet.  So, in order to calm the itch a little we have been taking the Bongo out on the weekend for one day adventures. Continue reading

Planning

The days are lengthening , or so it is rumoured, hard to tell amidst the mid-winter storms. We are on the way towards a new season of camping adventures.  Visitor numbers to my blog always leap on New Year’s Day as thoughts turn towards holidays.  I am no exception. Planning for the season’s camping is a many layered thing. Continue reading