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Walking With Children Part 2

An advantage of living in a relatively small country like Scotland, is you are pretty close to a lot of beautiful and wild places. One of my favourite areas of Scotland is the Trossachs. The Trossachs are a bit like a miniature version of the Highlands, but easily accessible from Scotland’s central belt. Last weekend we visited Loch Lomond on the west side of the Trossachs. Loch Lomond, has many beautiful places to walk with children, of different ages. We found ourselves on the east side of the Loch. The east side incorporates the West Highland Way, so there are many well maintained paths, with good access for buggies. Now I must make a confession. After planning a beautiful Lochside walk, through woodland, we ended up not moving far from the Loch shore! It has been discovered an 19 month old little boy can have no greater fun than throw stones into water! The older children climbed on the rocks, and old tress. So although we did not go far a great time was had by all… I plan a return trip at some point! For the more adventurous, and slightly older child there is Conic Hill- not one for buggies. Conic Hill is located beside the National Park Centre at Balmaha. Conic Hill is on the West Highland Way, so little hill walkers can feel very grown up! For more information about Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park visit their website. Also in the Trossachs is the Queen Elizabeth Forest. The best times to visit are the autumn- when the woodland is a blaze of colour, and in May when the forest is a carpet of blue. With the late Spring this year we were very blessed to see the bluebells in all their glory. The David Marshall Lodge near Aberfoyle is a good base from which to walk. There are many paths through the forest, which are buggy and young child friendly. Near the lodge there is even a waterfall in the wood. Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...

Walking With Young Children Part 1

I am passionate about nature and taking children into beautiful places. I believe the glory of God is made manifest in creation, and therefore being surrounded by nature can only be good for a child’s soul (as well as healthy for their body). Science bears this out. Being immersed in nature has been proven to have a positive impact on mental health. Scotland has many beautiful wild places to explore with children. I look forward to the day I can take them hiking up more adventurous places. But until then we content ourselves with more tame adventures. As Scotland is relatively small, you do not have to travel far to find somewhere wild and beautiful. Therefore I am always looking for new and exciting places to take the children: wild and beautiful places where they can run free. Locations I chose do have a theme of woodland, and rivers… what can I say I like trees! One problem I do have is finding such places that are buggy friendly! Searching for new places to explore throws up many amazing places, but I need them to be accessible to little legs and a buggy! Here is a list of my recommendations, for wild beauty in Scotland: 1. Lord Ancrum’s Wood There are many lovely walks around here. The River South Esk provides opportunity for wading in welly boots, and plenty of trees to climb. And a large part of the wood is buggy friendly. Map and more information from the Forestry Commission 2. Pentland Hills Glencourse Reservoir Walk This walk is nestled amongst the Pentland Hills. Very pretty. For More information see my previous post: Walking in the Pentlands 3. Vogrie Country Park Another great place to walk with children, also has a fantastic adventure playground. Situated outside Edinburgh. Has many paths suitable for young children and pushchairs. 4. Mugdock Country Park Situated not far from Glasgow, this country park is huge. There is a variety of different habitats from moorland to woodland. Great for walking with children of all ages. It is also on the West Highland Way. 5. Innerleithen: Pirn Hill Pirin Hill is the site of ancient Iron Age Fort. I have pushed a buggy to the top- hard work, but satisfying! This is an easy hill for little legs to manage. Around the foot of the hill there are also tracks which are a bit less intense than pushing a buggy up to the top! 6. Glen Garry Pine Wood The Pine Forests of this part of the Highlands consist of remnants of the ancient Caledonian...

Weekend Wonders

It looks like Spring has finally arrived. The air is filled with the sound of birds singing, the sun is out, the sky is blue. Time to get out and about! Here are some fun activities to try this weekend! 1. Visit a Local Wood Woods are coming alive again in the Spring. Birds are nest building, and buds are beginning to open. It is a wonderful time to let children run free, climb trees and be immersed in nature. A fantastic site to visit and sign up to is the Woodland Trust’s Nature Detectives. The Nature Detectives site is full of fun activities, as well as really good educational material to help parents get their kids out and personal with nature. You can sign up to their newsletter with regular updates, and downloadable sheets. I am a big fan of their identification sheets, that help children looks for plants and animal species, at the times of the year they are most likely to see them! 2. Get Out in the Garden Although it is mid-April, we have not planted anything yet. The time is still perfect to sow seed potatoes, or bring some much need colour with some flowers. Here are some ideas: Mum’s Net 3. Some Spring Cleaning?? If you can face it! Homeschooling all week, means the weekend is a naturally good time to catch up with household chores. And if you can face it, you will have that lovely smug feeling afterwards, that you have achieved something with your weekend! Here is a glass cleaner recipe Enjoy your weekend- whatever you find to do!! Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...

Wild Weekends

I try to do something wild at the weekends with the kids. I like to try and have adventures out in nature, expose them to different environments, different places. This is not always possible! Often they have to settle for the local country park- but we are very blessed by having a great country park up the road. I love trees- always have- always will! I grew up climbing them, walking in woods, and looking at them. I am a firm believer in the benefits of trees, and woodland, to the mind, body and soul! So this weekend it was a woodland walk. We visited our local country park. Although it is only just September we did see a few signs that a change of season is upon us. The children climbed trees. They were not the only ones. All children should climb trees, it teaches risk assessment, it’s strengthens the muscles, and it’s just fun! Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...
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