Ribble Valley Walk: Pendle Hill

On Mother’s Day we were very lucky to have beautiful sunshine so we decided to head up Pendle hill for amazing views. You can find a short video of our walk here. Kitty was still very much in the throws of chickenpox so in the interest of public safety we headed out early morning to avoid the crowds! We approached from Pendle Road between Downham and Barley. This was to avoid the inevitable busieness of Barley and also we find this path a rather beautiful alternative.

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Pendle Hill in the distance
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Trees disguising the climb ahead!

It was so peaceful listening to the streams trickling and the sheep in the distance and sunshine made it all seem more beautiful. Kitty took great pleasure in saying hello to each and every sheep we encountered!

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The hike up offered amazing views as we started to climb, which are a perfect excuse to stop for a rest. As it starts to climb our path joins the one from Barley. It’s pretty steep in places so really gets the heart racing, especially with 15kg of daughter on your back. I’ll allow the views to speak for themselves:

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On the ascent, you HAVE to stop to admire the view several times..

 

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When the going gets tough; make daddy do the carrying!

 

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Hang on to your hat daddy

The views up Pendle Hill are incredible throughout the seasons and vary immensely making it a worthwhile hike to do again and again. From the clear views we had in spring with the buds appearing on the trees, to the beautiful purple heather in summer, to the golden leaves in autumn and finally to white crisp snow in winter; it’s always worth a trip.

There are several routes up Pendle Hill  you can take and our favourite is from the picturesque Barley. You can find more details of this route here. What is your favourite time of the year to go? Do you have a hike near to your home you enjoy retuning to like we do? We’d love to hear from you so do get in touch using the contacts page or the comments below.

K

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Eco-Exchange Challenge #52weeks

As you may already know we’re keen as a family to live with consideration to the environment. We want to do more than we’re already doing and thought a great way to continue to drive change is to set ourselves a challenge – an eco-exchange Challenge over 52 weeks.

We intend to exchange something we use in our every day lives for something which is more environmentally friendly. Each week we will post about a new exchange which will then be a permanent change in our lives. Please subscribe using the link below to see how we get on. By the end of the year we’ll have made 52 changes, 52 ways we are doing less to harm or more to help the environment.

What would be even better is if we manage to recruit some of our readers to join in. You may wish to make the same changes as us or may have your own ideas. What changes come to mind to you? Or do you have a product that is a greener option for a household? Are you game for the eco-exchange challenge? We’d love to hear from you!

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K & R

Guerrilla Gardening

So, as a family we like to a spread positivity to our fellow person, help the environment and have fun. We have dabbled a few times in guerrilla gardening which helps us to address all of these goals.

So what is guerrilla gardening? Essentially planting seeds or bulbs in a patch of land that is otherwise unloved. This provides the beauty of flowers and nature to pretty much anywhere you could think of.

One little project of ours was guerrilla daffodil planting on a round-about near our house. It is lawned which is usually kept short by the council and offers little in the way of visual appeal, inspiration or support to the environment. Armed with some small spades and 6kg of daffodil bulbs we went out and got planting in January.

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Gruffalo gardening tools- essential guerrilla gardening equipment

 

 

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“I found a wiggly worm”

 

Now in March we’re really pleased to see they’re growing. The round-about is exposed to wind and cold so these daffs are late starters! But now they provide early pollen for insects such as butterflies and bees and we’ve heard many of our neighbours comment on the flowers and speculate as to where they’ve come from. Pretty satisfying.

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The first daffs coming through

 

Anyone can get involved, simply find a patch of land that isn’t privately owned and get planting. You can even throw wild flower seeds onto any patch of rough soil and watch them go – poor quality soil is where wild flowers thrive best. Some examples of good spots include road sides (as long as it is safe to do so) and the edge of car parks.

Have you been involved in any projects in your area? Have you done your own guerrilla gardening? Where would you like to see some more flowers? We’d love to hear from you so please get in touch!

K & R

Ribble Valley Walk: Brungerly Bridge

We had the luxury of a sunny spring Friday off work so the baby bear and I headed out for a walk along the River Ribble. We usually plan short walks under 5 miles as Kitty likes to get out and explore and this can add a lot of time to a walk! It is a truly beautiful route as the pictures attest but nothing compares to being there in person.


We started near Low Moor and headed along Ribble Way past several small holdings. These brings a lot of entertainment to a 2 year old.

“Where are the horses mummy?”
“I found them!”
“Chickens!”
The loudest donkey I’ve ever encountered

 

We then headed down the path past the river which was really high due to the recent storms. The trail is really picturesque.

Kitty was keen to explore the woods and we took our time winding through the trees and splashing in the steams created by the recent downpours.


The views at Brungerly bridge were breath taking. We sat and enjoyed them for quite some time before throwing stones in the river.



It was so peaceful and had everything a toddler could wish for from animals to muddy puddles. We’d highly recommend it.

You can find our route on the Lancashire Telegraph website here.

Do you live in the Ribble Valley? What are your favourite spots? What about if you live elsewhere in the U.K? Is there somewhere you’d recommend us to visit? We’d love to hear from you so feel free to comment or get in touch via our contacts page.

 

 

Gisburn Forest: Gruffalo Trail

A couple of weeks ago the bear and I headed out on a Gruffalo hunt. Forestry Commission England has set up interactive trails across the UK targeted at under five’s based on the Gruffalo story.

The trail was about a mile in  total including the walk from the car. Wellies are a must and there’s no access for prams or wheelchairs.

We followed the trail into the woods and there were clues along the way as to which character you would encounter. I’d also downloaded the Gruffalo app before going which meant we could bring the characters to life on the route. Some people may even manage a snap with their favourite character, not us though.

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Behind…

 

 

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Pushing past…

 

 

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Close enough!

Kitty loved the excitement of watching the animals on the app but loved the forest trail even more. I can’t blame her it was beautiful!

For more information about the Gruffalo trails please see the Forestry Commision England website.

K