The Golden Hinde – A Step Back in Time

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell whether you actually remember something, or your memory is based on looking at old photos.  As a kid, whilst on holiday in Devon, we visited the Golden Hinde.  I’ve seen photos of me wearing my Coca-Cola T-shirt, exploring the ship with my sister – climbing the steep steps to the fore deck and wondering if I could climb the rigging.  Fast forward around 40 years, and on a visit to London, I knew Rowan would really enjoy the replica of this historic ship, berthed at St Mary Overie Dock, not far from London Bridge.

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#AdventureCalling – April 2021

Who’s excited about being able to travel a bit further afield and start exploring the wild places again?  I know I am!  Our local, open spaces have provided some much needed outdoors time, but honestly, I can’t wait to visit somewhere new.  Saying that, we visited a not been to in recent memory, local National Trust site recently and had a really fab time.  We strolled through the woods and gardens, Rowan spotted birds and Rocky handled all the other dogs brilliantly – what a brave doggo!

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#AdventureCalling – December 2020

Can you believe it’s December already?  It’s certainly been a unusual/difficult year for most of us, but hopefully you have been able to get outside, maybe exploring local areas a bit more.  We’ve recently been to local parkland watching the deer, and I’ve also found a quiet local field that has great visibility.  Having visibility is fab for me and my two fearful mutts as they get a bit of off lead running and I can keep an eye out for other “scary” dawgs whilst watching their happy faces as they charge about.  It’s certainly better than pavement pounding.

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Kingscross Point – Kings, Vikings and a Surprise Fort

Long summer days mean it’s possible to really make the most of where you are visiting on holiday.  After chilling on the beach by the Preaching Cave in Kilpatrick, we drove round the southern edge of the island to Sandbraes, just past Whiting Bay.  Parking alongside some playing fields in front of the Whiting Bay and Kildonan Church (postcode KA27 8RE) just off the A841, we bundled out of the car for our second stroll of the day, this time, to Kingscross Point.

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North Glen Sannox – White Horses

In 2018, our honeymoon took us to the Isle of Arran, off the west coast of Scotland.  We fell in love with the place.  So much so, we were back again the following year, this time bringing along my Mum, Dad and sister, Karen.  Whilst driving around during our prior visit, I kept noticing a path running alongside a river in the mountainous north of the island.  It was so inviting, and it was now time to see where it led.

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Robin Hood’s Bay to Boggle Hole – Imps and Fossils

Last summer saw us back in Whitby for a few days.  (yep – I am THAT behind on writing things up – good job I have notes and lots of photos!)  Previously, we had wanted to take the cliff top walk from Robin Hood’s Bay to Boggle Hole, but I had been too poorly.  After exploring the town the night before we had woken to glorious sunshine – today would be the day.

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Wainwright Walk 16 – Bowfell and Rossett Pike

I love it when someone goes hill walking for the first time and gets the bug.  After walking the Langdale Pikes and the Old Man of Coniston, I was out with Beth again, this time to tackle Bowfell on another hot day.  Nigel also joined us as we set off early from Manchester to arrive at the National Trust car park by the Old Dungeon Ghyll pub (LA22 9JY) by about 10 am.  After toilet stop and a check to ensure plentiful supplies of suntan lotion, we set off towards Stool End (snigger) farm.  Our route would take us along both the valleys we could see, but whilst the tops of Mickleden were clear, clouds shrouded Crinkle Crags at the head of Oxendale.

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Conwy Castle – Meeting King Philip

Time for another castle!  We’d had a brilliant day out at Harlech earlier in the year, so while me and the boy were staying with Anma and Grandpa at the caravan, we took the opportunity to pootle round another.  Grandpa loves castles too, so he joined us for our day out – this time to Conwy Castle.  We parked up at Morfa Bach car park (postcode LL32 8FZ) and paid £4.50 for over four hours parking – Conwy is a big one.  And with Rowan all kitted out as a knight, we headed through the pedestrian tunnel towards the imposing walls.

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