We used to walk a lot, before the children. Footpaths, bridleways, cycle routes, costal paths, hill walks, even a mountain (the easy path up Snowden and the cafe was closed!) We walked just us two, or with friends; remember Peckwood, Church Langton, Cheddar Gorge, Derbyshire, the Lake District? We were’t avid walkers, not map-round-your-neck pole wielding walkers, (as yet) but we enjoyed getting out in the fresh air and exploring new places on foot.
And then we had children and it kind of dropped off a bit, limited to toddling around the woods or a few favourite short walks we knew. This usually involves walking a long way but not progressing very far; zigzagging from the snail over there to that muddy puddle the other side and back to the snail again; 2 steps forward one step back.
We still progress at a childhood ‘awe and wonder’ pace (and we learn a lot from them when we are patient). The children are 2 and 5 and we’re extending the distance we can cover and a tea room or cafe at the end is always a helpful incentive. So I’ve started this blog to record some of our walks and inspire us to try new things. Maybe also to capture our wider ‘walk’ with the kids as they grow. I can’t promise I’ll keep it up or post regularly – I’m terrible at sticking with my ‘good ideas’ but I’ll give it a go.
We live in Cornwall (what better place to explore?) so most of our walks will be around our local area, but maybe a few beyond.