Sunday, 4 October 2015

Walk along the Roman Road (part 2)

We parked at Babraham where the Roman Road crosses the A11 at Worsted Lodge. We walked along for a couple of miles in glorious sunshine before turning back. The hedgerows were full of the most delicious blackberries (we wished we had brought a bag to pick them) and small birds darted in and out in front of us.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Dahlia Festival at Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey in Lode, Cambridgeshire is holding its annual Dahlia Festival. It runs until 4th October. Even if you are not a big dahlia fan, it is a fun focus for a visit, because of the bright colours and imaginative way in which they have created the displays around the lovely grounds.  I loved the pompoms hanging in the trees as well as one thousand little vases/test-tubes have been pushed into the ground in a line making up the Dahlia Line which we enjoyed following.

G also found a friend in the fallen leaves  - she really is amazing at finding nature.  

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Wimpole walk and 40s weekend

Today in glorious sunshine we went for a walk to the folly and back.  there was also their 40s weekend so we enjoyed listening to a brass band whilst admiring some vintage cars and looking at an Anderson shelter.  There were more activities on offer but we had got their a bit late and wanted to make the most of a walk in the sunshine!

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Rockpool Safari/Coastering and crabbing

Today the big girls went off to walk, scramble, climb, swim and cliff jump around the Blue Lagoon, whilst P, E and me went on  a Rockpool Safari to Nine Wells, led by TYF, where we enjoyed scrambling round rocks finding various jelly fish, sea weed and shell fish followed by hot chocolate cooked in a cave! 

After a quick picnic near the Cathedral in St. Davids we walked to Port Clais. When we reached the harbour we joined a National Trust organised crabbing where we caught loads of shore crabs with bacon as bait. 

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

The Southwood Estate Coast to Coast walk

Today we spent the morning flying kites, playing beach cricket and swimming at the beach before a brief but heavy rain shower meant we beat a wet but hasty retreat back to our cottage.

Later on my parents, me and P went on a walk round a  a 2.5 mile circular route between Maidenhall car park and Pinch Hill, Newgale. We started from Maidenhall car park (Ordnance Survey Landranger 157 map, SM 857 202), crossed over the road and turned left through the field gate, following the edge of the field where crops where growing.
Then we ccontinued through the metal inset gate and along the edge of the next field, following the way markers. We found a wooden hand gate at the bottom of the field which we passed and followed the edge of the lower field round to the left.
Then we went through a wooden hand gate in the fence descending down the bank of bracken to reach a perfect pooh-stick bridge across the stream at the bottom.  
We followed the way markers up a field and then down before entering the woodland and crossing a stream.  Beside the stream crossing was a magnificent ash tree, coated with moss, ferns and lichens.  
 We continued to follow the waymarkers across the field beyond the woodland, we crossed a third stream  before climbing to a marshy area to reach a metal inset gate in the field boundary. The path then became a fenced corridor where we saw a mouse.
Then we came to a small quarry site and followed the path north, to the right, descending the coastal slope to walk up the beach (and play in the surf!).
We then walked along the road home (although you could follow the coastal path).

Tuesday, 25 August 2015


Today the girls enjoyed a ride from Nolton stables. They rode through the woodland (although they all said they would have preferred the beach ride! Never mind!).  It was well organised with the ride divided into three groups (walkers, trotters and canterers) and even E got a trot.  As soon as they dismounted they all asked when they could go again!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Whale and Dolphin spotting

Today we had an amazing boat ride - althugh we didn't see any whales we certainly saw lots of other amazing wildlife.  It started well with purposes swimming under the boat; we then visited the RSPB island of Grassholm, home to over 39,000 pairs of breeding gannets, the 3rd largest Atlantic gannet colony in the UK and watched them flying over us.  Then we went out into the rich waters of the Celtic Deep where we enjoyed seeing a puffin and 2 different dolphin pods (including a 6 week old calf).

 Then we looked round St Davids where we enjoyed looking round the cathedral, a pub lunch and an amazing ice-cream.  
 Later this afternoon we went to Newgale beach which is  2 miles of sand backed by a huge pebble bank formed after a BIG storm in 1859. The girls enjoyed paddling, body boarding, kite flying and sand castle making.