Beacon Fell – Shortcut to Mushrooms

This September, Rowan started school.  Despite being really exciting times for all of us, in all honesty, I also felt quite aggrieved.  No longer could I just take a day of work and go off exploring with him.  And our Friday adventure days are no more.  Rowan really loves school though, and has settled into his routine far quicker than I have.  Weekends suddenly seemed really full, with no time to do anything.  By the end of September, I had reached the stage where, no matter what, we WERE going to get outside and enjoy being in nature.  Beacon Fell, on the edge of the Forest of Bowland, near Preston was to be our destination.  Not only is there a sculpture trail to follow, but it is also a dark skies location and I wanted to have a look around before we make our way up for a night time excursion at some point in the future.

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Wainwright Walk 4 – Kentmere Round Plus One

At the end of August, I was really excited to be out in the Lakes with my lovely friend Kathryn again.  Back before our children arrived, we had volunteered with Fix the Fells together, regularly making the journey up the M6 to spend the day with brilliant, passionate people repairing or maintaining the upland paths.  (You can find out more about the great work they do here.)  This time, our destination was Kentmere, to try and tackle the “more challenging than we had walked in ages” Kentmere Round.

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Whitby, Day One – Fossil Hunting

Back in August, I decided I wanted to take Rowan away for a couple of days before he started school.  Rick doesn’t get as many holidays as me, so leaving him at home with Rocky and Pebble, we headed to North Yorkshire and the lovely seaside town of Whitby.  Traffic on the A64 meant the drive took a lot longer than we thought, so we arrived much later than we had planned.  We were determined to make the most of our time there though.  After dropping our things at the bed and breakfast, we set out to explore the town.

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