I do enjoy a good walk but getting my daughter similarly enthused isn’t always straightforward. Traditional walks for us grown ups often revolve around a stop at a recommended hostelry. Giving a child-friendly twist to the format, I decided to see if I could entice Tilly on a walk with a family friendly pub as the goal.
A recent visit by family gave me a rare opportunity to go for a good walk in the nearby countryside. It was a hot day so I opted for a largely wooded route, although the path skirts around fields at times, offering fine views over the valley. I hardly saw another soul on the walk with it being a weekday afternoon but I did have a chance encounter with someone quite unexpected: a fox.
Colder, wetter weather is limiting outdoor activities with the little ones but get the boots out and there’s simple fun to be had by squelching down a muddy path. I took Tilly out on a rare sunny afternoon to explore our nearby countryside and give her some much-needed walking practice.
Monday is walking day, when I treat myself to a short period of time off in a week otherwise taken up by entertaining a busy toddler. Having previous been a keen walker, the past 18 months have seen an almost completely curtailment of my walking activities due to the demands of parenthood. I’m thrilled to have time for walks again as part of my new stay-at-home dad schedule. Each week (circumstances allowing) I’ll be sharing the highlights from my Monday walk. It’s an opportunity for some quiet thought, appreciation of nature and with a bit of luck I might get some exercise to boot.