This year has been a fun filled year of adventures all over the country. We had a few holidays, made lots of new friends and stayed active and outdoors for most weekends of the year. I have compiled a list of our favourite hikes of 2019. Why not have a read and tell me what your favorite is?
Our Favourite Hikes in 2019
Mam Tor- The Peak District
Our first Hikerkidz meet was in January, and so our little community of hiking children across the UK was born. We were joined by other families who shared the same interests and benefits of getting outside. We had a very windy, but enjoyable day out at the base of Mam Tor and to the landslip.
Solomons Temple – Buxton
Snow fell and covered Buxton with wonderfully fresh powder. We took our sleds up to the temple and found a large hill to power down. The kids had an absolute blast and the pictures look as though we were skiing in the alps!
Old Man of Coniston
March was a fantastic month for getting out and about, and our Lake District virginity was broken with a wild camp on the Old Man of Coniston. We hiked up to the summit, then grabbed our tents and walked halfway back up for a cold but fun night under the stars. The Lakes are truly beautiful and the scenery is outstanding. We caught the bug for wild camping and achieved another camp later on in the year.
Hikerkidz 2 happened. We met at Luds Church and 12 children ran around happily in the middle of the Peak District. We made new friends and explored the beauty of Luds Church and the secrets that lie inside. A wonderful walk that should be taken by any walker, big or small.
May is a hard month to choose from, as we had a holiday in Cornwall, with lots of places that we explored. Ultimately, I think the coastal walk from Hayle to St Ives was the best as we took in so much from the journey. We walked with our parents and the kids while completing a Treasure Trail map which kept us entertained on our stroll. Cornwall is beautiful and there are so many hidden beaches left for us to explore.
Another wild camp this month, at Higger Tor in the peak district for Wild Night Out. A campaign where as many people as possible sleep under the stars for a night. So much fun and we got to hone our wild camping skills a bit more!
Snowdonia for adults!
Myself and Dicky took ourselves to Snowdonia for a night as my mom took the kids to the beach. We camped at Llyn Gwynant campsite and took a leisurely stroll up Snowdon the day after. As we had no children, we made it in good time and the views were magnificent from the top. A lovely adult day to connect with each other as husband and wife.
The Lake District gave us a home for a few days and we crammed in as much as we could. Finley tested his new snorkel at Ennerdale Water and we went paddle boarding with Lake District Paddle Boarding. (Highly recommend if you ever want to attempt it). Our best hike was Catbells with cascading views of the valleys around Derwent water.
Get Outside Day
We took a HikerKidz meet and combined it with National GetOutside day. We led a group around Chee Dale in the Peak District and got absolutely soaked! The Monsal Trail Tunnels gave us shelter from the rain to have our lunch and we made some new friends along the way.
Plas Y Brenin
Another small holiday took us to Wales for a long weekend. We explored coastal paths then stopped off near to Moel Siabod and had a stroll around there. Classic welsh forests and mountain views were gawped at, as we made our way around a small 2 mile route. Just enough to burn off the over indulgences from our holiday!
Loughrigg Fell and Rydal Water
If you are ever in the Lakes,you must visit Rydal Caves. Man made holes dominate an area next to Rydal water and lure you in via the stepping stones. There are thousands of small fish to be fed and near to the cave, a trig point to be found. Loughrigg Fell is a great walk, slightly steep in places, but the views make up for that!
We ended the year with another Hikerkidz meet at Mam Tor. An iconic hill in the Peak District is an easy one for all ages. The weather gods blessed us with sunshine and low winds which really helped keep spirits up. 22 children turned up with their parents and we all had a good stroll along the ridge line. The kids mingled, laughed and rolled their way along! A fantastic day out which will surely be repeated in the new year.
What has been your best hike of 2019?