With Christmas just days away and storm Barbara beginning to make an appearance, I’m not sure how many outdoor adventures we're going to have in the next few days. Hopefully we can have a small walk on Boxing Day to walk off the turkey, depending on how bad this storm really will be.
Last weekend we had a small trip to one of our favourites, Bolton Abbey. I actually wanted to go and discover the Valley of desolation and then on to Simon’s Seat but with the daylight hours being so much shorter, and with the little legs in tow we decided to just walk to the first waterfall. It’s a famous sight that I keep seeing many photos of and down a tiny winding path and then over a troll bridge we found the view. A cold foggy day and the crowds stayed away and we had the wonderful views of the waterfall all to ourselves. We’ll leave the bigger walk onto Barden moor and then Simon’s seat for a better day.
Having seen the waterfall, we walked along the opposite river bank and discovered there was a pantomime themed trail. The kids loved it and even sat in a sleigh and were provided with hats by a kind Elf!
As Christmas approaches we’ve managed a few trips with friends including a walk by the canal at Bingley. Six exuberant children just before Christmas by a canal might sound like a recipe for disaster but no one ended up in the water, thankfully!
I can’t believe my blog is 11 months old! At the start of last year, I had no intention to write a blog, walk all over the place or be planning a trip to China! It really shows how far the rehab of my hips has come and I’m so excited for what next year holds. My own wellbeing from walking is evident in that I now actually sleep at night! I’m so proud of my family for joining in too, we’ve visited some fabulous places and are all so much fitter as a family, my little people can walk miles.
That just leaves me to say Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year, I hope you’ll follow me on my adventures and who knows I might even bump into you!
Just north of Otley, in the Washburn valley are the Yorkshire Water reservoirs of Swinsty and Fewston surrounded by woodland and great footpaths it’s just our sort of place for a family adventure.
There are three car parks to choose from and we parked at the middle car park, (which has toilets and an ice cream van serving hot drinks!) planning a big looped walk around both reservoirs. The weather was dry and actually warm at a balmy 10°!
We set off at a good pace, conscious that the winter sun that was struggling to break through wouldn’t be around for as long. We’re determined to get out walking for as long as we can, but to keep up my fitness I’m trying to get in more sessions at the gym. It’s really not the same walking along on the treadmill but I need to keep my mileage up and my legs strong.
The paths around the reservoirs are easy, with only a few steep inclines, and surrounded by woodland with some very impressive pine trees. “Now they are trees!” my Son commented. We breathed in great lungful’s of the pine scent and fresh air, now you can’t get that in the gym.
The kids were able to run ahead along the paths playing with my walking pole pretending it was a twirling baton or a sniper rifle. They were completely splattered with mud all up their legs but were having great fun. My son even did a little tree hugging!
The scenery was beautiful and we loved the reflections on the water. We had heard that King Fishers have been spotted in the area but we didn’t see any when we visited, although we seemed to have numerous Robin’s escorting us but none wanted to pose for a picture.
In just under three hours we had walked around both reservoirs and really enjoyed our walk of just over 10.3 km and there were hours of daylight left, phew.
The route is popular with joggers, walkers and dog owners and more information about accessibility can be found on the Yorkshire Water website where there are details of other reservoir walks.
All views are my own and I’ve received no incentive to write this.
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I'm a 'thirty something' Yorkshire Mum of two, recovering from two hip arthroscopies and hoping to get fit for a new challenge. My aim is to also get my kids out into the countryside and get fitter as a family. Follow my blog about hips, trips, training and getting my kids outside!
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