More bikes and parks – skills forever changing

A stunning sunrise to start a beautiful day

We meet up with Omi for a ride around Askham Fell. Lots of bumpies, mud and puddles for Evie to get excited about cycling through.

A fun shadow pic of the three of us!

Evie decides that it should be a duathlon, so we did some running around in the bomb holes, before we cycled them.

Windswept but happy we wave bye bye to Omi and head to Keswick for toddler swim.

After swimming we have mainly failed biking on the balance bikes, but Evie and Sam have fun anyway.

More important to them is the park, where they master the rope club to get up to the middle slide…. …..which nowadays is far more exciting than the small slide!

And then the round and round and up and down see saw is successfully completed independently.

These kids are rocking it !

Ferry and walk roundtrip – Glenridding to Howtown – 02/02/20

Yet another wet day, we decide to head out but stay low. And for something a bit different we jump on the Ullswater steamer.

Evie gets an ice-cream treat to go with our hot drinks on this cold wet day!

Plenty of ferry to be explored at we steam down the lake. We even get to change boats at Aira Force, so double the exploring to be had!

Flying her flag in the wind with a good lake view.

Once off the ferry it’s time to start walking. Evie wants to walk to but we manage to persuade her that a carry is good for a little while.

One we get up above Sandwick Evie is determined that it is very much time for her to walk!

So this is her section of the Ullswater way, maybe not all today for her!

Time for a nana. Need to get the energy levels back up again!

Evie walks the shore line as I swim widths of the bay in the short spell of dry that we get. Then it is time to pack up and keep going.

Evie determined for more walking – especially in the streams and rivers. Tim speeds ahead to get the car so that we can get home before its dark!

A wet but fun day out!

Elterwater- a very wet one – 31/01/20

Arranging a meet up with my friends Hazel and Beth, with a balance bike to keep Evie amused, we set off on a flat river path walk along Great Langdale Beck from Elterwater to Skelwith Bridge.

Evie is desperate to walk the walk – not this time little Bean. The river is rampaging on just the other side.

Our plans are thwarted – the path and the river have become one. Evie thought it looked exciting to bike into but was soon stopped. so turnaround we must.

Back into the car and all wet we head to Grasmere for some food instead. What a washout!

New Year’s Day 2020 – Ullswater

A different day to yesterday with regards the weather, colder and damper. We set off for a stroll and a bike from Glencoyne on Ullswater , as it is a nice undulating little org.

Daddy and Evie have good chats as she bikes along, with the odd carry.

Then onto the beach to watch…

Her crazy mummy meet her crazy friends for a crazy New Years swim!

Happy 2020

New Years Eve 2019 – Lonsdale Fell, Skiddaw Little Man and Skiddaw

We wake up to a stunning New Years Eve day. So we pack the bags and get going out of the house and head to the car park on top of Latrigg. With no definite plan as all walks are now dependent on Evie’s mood, we head off along the flat path of Lonsdale Fell.

Evie takes multiple trips through the river before we are allowed to move on.

Back in the pack to make a bit more progress we head up the very steep nose of Lonscale Fell.

Not before long Evie protests very loudly to being in the pack so we stop and have some food. Evie walks a little further and the progress is so slow that we consider turning back.

However within moments of being back in the pack she falls into a deep sleep. So I take my chances and put on a pace and keep heading upwards.

Making the decision to add in that little additional climb, we go through some snow patches to get to the top of Little Man. May be a long time before we find ourselves back up here so high again so may as well.

Finally we make it to the top. It’s been a long hard carry in the pack but Evie stayed asleep all the way to the top, which is the only thing that made it achievable.

A spot of food in the shelter, but even with our layers it was too cold to hang around for long.

Time to descend, I think Evie realised how cold it was as she put up no resistance to going back in the pack. And then we played horsey horsey most of the way back down the hillside to keep her amused.

A paraglider put enjoying the views as well.

Finally when we were down to warmer climes Evie gets out of the pack and gets a good walk down, jumping the rocks and other borders and running around.

The light doesn’t get much better looking back on the hills as we take our final few steps.

Look mummy – you must need one of these!! We enjoy a hot chocolate before getting back in the car. Its been a big day out and we are both tired. What a way to say goodbye to an amazing 2019

Christmas family Small Water walk – 22/12/19

A few days before Christmas and a visit from part of the extended family. What better than to don the proofs and head up to small water, with Evie Bean striding her way into the lead!

Evie has a good chat to Barb on the way up

Before getting back in the pack for a rest.

Sitting on the shores of small water with Rose enjoying a snack, whilst Jude runs to a patch of snow up high just to get a handful.

Evie then walks all the way down and sits in the odd bog!

After all that effort time to head back for some food!

Askham Fell – 15 Dec 2019

Waking up to snow, we’ve arranged to meet up with Lou, Iwan and Evan, so we agree to go and search out the snow, as there was none in Pooley Bridge itself.

We may not be heading high but we managed to find some crunch underfoot on Askham Fell – just wished I’d had a sledge with me!

Lou and Evan heading up

Iwan, Tim (with a perfectly good backpack) and Seamus waif for us whilst Evie rides my shoulders, being now too tired too walk. heading down, there’s a good sized table at Granny Dowbekins cafe and Christmas Sandwich Specials to be enjoyed. Clearly well deserved from our epic winter walk!

Red Screes, Raven Crag and Middle Dodd – 30/11/19

One of those days that is so much better than you could ever even imagine – as soon as it is light everywhere is a picture of winter perfection.

After driving down through some beauty, turned fog, and then up a dicey and slippy Kirkstone Pass, we load up the packs and set off from the pass car park.

Not long into the walk, Evie’s favourite thing – ice! So with her and Oliver given icicles to suck on we start up the path.

Where steps turn into full on scrambling, throw in a bit of ice and we had to be pretty careful up some of the ‘path’

Making it up to the icy cairn of Red Screes

The views were phenomenal

A spot of lunch in the shelter before we continue our walk to the nearby top of Raven Crag

Summit pics

Evie surveys the very large icy puddle with funky wind blown ice patterns on top.

Enjoying the walk between the two, with lots of banks to scramble on, ice puddles to skate on and an enjoyable flat top to run on.

We make it to Raven Crag (only about 500m from Red Screes). And then they want to keep going!!

Wrong way, so we call them back…. turnaround point.A beautiful view over Windermere though.

They are back in the packs, tired and sleeping, so Claire and myself decide to make a mad dash down to Middle Dodd. We get there, take the compulsory pic, and turn back around up to where we came from!

It was worth the down and up though. More beautiful views and with sleeping minis we actually get a decent chat…

The frosted grass – not often you get it this good.

Once finished we have just enough light left in the day to get to Ullswater.

A cold swim for mummy with the swans whilst Evie, Oliver and Claire enjoy freezing ice cream for doing so well today.

Does it get any better?

The Knott and Rest Dodd – 10/11/19

It’s a stunning day, crisp and clear with a sprinkling of snow on the tops. We are wrapped up warm and ready to go, setting off today from the car park in Hartsop.Evie does some route planning with Omi to make sure we are on the correct path.

And she walks, slips and slides her way up. There are some really icy patches. Here we are on top of The Knott. The temptation to continue round high is huge, but we don’t quite have the time.

Evie discovers the chocolate, and there is no getting it off her! She is determined even though it is almost solid!!enjoying a good run around on the tops before we head back down.Evie plods down, following this little path along by the wall. She does exceedingly well.

I look back with astonishment! At 19 months old she walked all the way down that wall. How much her walking is coming on. our 2nd summit, Rest Dodd. Time for more snacks before heading back down to the car.

A brief stop at Hayeswater, so good stone throwing to be done..

And her crazy mummy has another refreshing swim! literally JUST before we get to the car, Evie Bean falls fast asleep – what an energetic day it’s been.

High Hartsop Dodd and Little Hart Crag – 27 October 2019

On a grey day but high enough to see the tops, with Sally to join us , we finally decided on these lower Wainwright’s with a variety of route options to have a go at today. A steep climb up the nose of High Hartsop Dodd brought us to these fantastic views through the rocks.

There was also a super view back down the valley, looking at where we set off from – Brothers Water.

All cheese for the first summit of the day!!

The views never fail to amaze me and I love the lines of the fells within the views.

Time for Evie to do some waking with a small down before more up between the summits

It’s cold up here and we made the correct decision not to do any of the ‘biggies’ on this day. Here we are at Little Hart Crag, where we ate our lunch and then made the decision to head down. The third potential summit (Middle Dodd) looked that little bit too far extra , especially as as Evie was by this point very keen to walk as well.

More cracking views, this time down towards Windermere before we head onwards .

We start the great decent – opposite would be the ascent to Middle Dodd – so tempting….

Evie very independent in her walking.Finally back at the bottom. But mummy – look at the lake!

Could it get more beautiful? Maybe we didn’t get the third Wainwright in, but we did get to see this, throw stones and enjoy a very refreshing swim!!