1) The Mini Pump Track at Haldon Forest Park The mini pump track at Haldon Forest Park is a great spot to take younger children - those confident with balance bikes really enjoy the free wheeling thrills, and those learning to pedal can cover a good distance in a small area. It's located close to … Continue reading 5 places to learn to ride a bike around Exeter
Right back at the beginning of the year, I decided to plan to try and work towards taking our bikes a bit further afield for some longer rides. I looked into areas with lots of recommended family cycling routes and searched for accommodation close by. As long term members of the YHA we have explored … Continue reading A Family Break at YHA Ilam Hall – picnicking, paddling and peddling in the Peaks
This lovely family walk begins in Ilam. We stayed at Ilam Hall with the YHA and were able to park at Ilam Park for free as we are NT members. You can park closer to Dovedale (and miss out on the walk but charges apply and it gets very busy). We followed the 2.5km route … Continue reading Dunster Hill to Dovedale – peaks and paddling
One of the huge benefits of staying in the Youth Hostel at Ilam Hall was the selection of amazing walks available right from the door. On our first day in Ilam, we decided to explore the immediate parkland and followed the suggested 1.6km circular route available in a leaflet from the National Trust, who run … Continue reading Ilam Park with Children
Carsington Water is a large reservoir owned and managed by Severn Trent Water. It is located just outside the boundary of the Peak District National Park, easy to find and well signposted from nearby roads. The main car park near the Visitor Centre costs £5 for all day parking and while the machines only take … Continue reading Cycling Around Carsington Water
The Manifold Trail is a family friendly cycle route that follows the route of an old railway. Named in The Guardian's 'Britain's Best Bike Rides' it is mostly level, well surfaced an almost entirely traffic free. There are car parks at both ends of the trail (Waterhouses and Hulme End), with other additional joining points … Continue reading Peddling in the Peak District – the Manifold Trail
We first visited this excellent climbing centre when we took part in the 5x50 Challenge a couple of years ago, and we had a brilliant family tuition session with the wall and instructor to ourselves. This holiday, there was a special promotion running for children to climb for £2.50, so we booked the children and … Continue reading The Wall in the Hall at Old Heathcote School Community Centre, Tiverton.
We love a good set of stepping stones! Whilst we invariably end up with children and dogs in the water, it's good to at least start with a hop across! This lovely set are located just outside of Chagford, close to Chagford Swimming Pool. Whilst there is a small car park next to the pool, … Continue reading Rushford Mill to Dog Marsh Bridge
A walk in the woods takes a completely different turn if there's a den to build, or pre made dens to play in and use as shelters for enjoying our snacks in. Here are some of our favourite den-rich spots: Combe Wood, Honiton Combe Wood is just outside Honiton, and while small it is perfectly … Continue reading Woods to Build Dens in!
Occombe Farm is a lovely spot, free to park and free to enter, with animals to see, a nature trail and a fab cafe. There are lots of picnic benches and spots, a toilet block and loads of space to play plus an old tractor to climb on. Sadly the wooden play equipment is no … Continue reading Enchanted Occombe