So we’re officially in autumn now. I love this time of year. So many beautiful colours on the way, and yep, it might be raining a bit more – but that’s what coats are for isn’t it? What has everyone been up to since the kids started back at school? Have you managed to squeeze in any adventures? Me and the boy took Anma up her first Wainwright and had a fab day on a lovely, sunny last weekend of summer.
After having such a fab day out in the Langdales, me, Angela and Beth decided another day out in the Lakes was long overdue. The October weather forecast was pretty changeable, with some strong winds and rain forecast. We decided that we would go ahead – we’ve got waterproofs! Given the forecast, we were careful with our choice of walk, opting for Coniston Old Man for a clear route and relatively short day.
Well it’s nearly the end of the summer holidays – what has everyone been up to? We have just returning from an amazing holiday on the Isle of Arran (again). We went last year, and completely fell in love with the place. And the idea to go to this lovely Scottish island was from one of the posts on the #AdventureCalling linky.
Newborough Beach is somewhere we have visited regularly – each time looking enviously towards Llanddwyn Island. I had always believed it was out-of-bounds to us as its status of a nature reserve meant we couldn’t take the barking furry pair. However, the opportunity arose when me and Rowan were at the caravan with my Mum and Dad, and Rick (who has fewer holidays than me) had stayed home with the muttlers and several packets of Tunnock’s teacakes for company.
It’s #AdventureCalling time again! Co-hosted by Lauren from The Helpful Hiker and me, also Lauren, from Exploring the Landscape, #AdventureCalling is the linky to share your outdoor antics. And with school holidays upon us, this could also be the place to find some inspiration for brilliant days out over summer.
Welcome back to #AdventureCalling, the linky with an outdoor theme, co hosted by Lauren from The Helpful Hiker, and me. Last time, Lauren was hoping for some sunny weather for her camping trips after a bout of rain. This weekend has been glorious – hope everyone managed to make the most of the sunshine. I’m currently hobbling about after shuffling round a 23k Lakeland Trails race on Saturday. But it was so worth it!
With its dramatic mountain scenery to the north, and rolling green fields in the south, Arran is said to be Scotland in miniature. The A841 circumnavigates the island in 55 miles and there is lots to look out for along the way, whether you have ten minutes or a couple of hours. Below are some of the many other things we enjoyed whilst out and about on our honeymoon.
Welcome to #AdventureCalling, the linky with an outdoor theme, co hosted by Lauren from The Helpful Hiker, and me, also Lauren, from Exploring the Landscape. I’m really excited to be joining Lauren with this. I’ve been linking up with #AdventureCalling as often as I can for a while now, and have got some really good ideas from reading everybody’s posts, including our honeymoon in Arran last year. But before we move on, all the best to David at Potty Adventures – good luck with your new adventures. Continue reading
Amongst the books we found in our hire cottage on Arran, was one called “Arran for Families”. It was a brilliant little book – fully illustrated with easy to read information about places to visit on the island. On a showery day, we decided to visit two of the destinations we found within its pages – the Giant’s Graves and Glenashdale Falls.
Most of my previous walking has been done in the Lake District. When I open the OS map to plan a walk, it is criss-crossed with green and black dashed lines indicating footpaths and right of ways. This was not the case when I opened a map of Arran. Contours and streams were there, and lots of other symbols, lines and colours that make maps so brilliant to look at – but not too many footpaths. I guess the Scottish Outdoor Access Code means that much of the landscape is one big right of way (within reason). But it came as a bit of a shock when I was trying to plan a day in the hills for us. After consulting my guide book, I decided that Coire Fhionn Lochan would be the walk for us.