Money Well Spent

I remember when my parents would suggest going on a beautiful, countryside walk, especially when we were on family holidays. My dad would be armed with walking leaflets, clearly mapping out the 2 or 3 mile route and off we would we set on a leisurely morning or afternoon stroll, or that was the plan! Unfortunately, in the days before google maps and 4G, our walks were often rather doomed – those clearly mapped out routes became vague and badly signposted, leading us onto paths previously unchartered. A route that should have taken a few hours inevitably turned into 5 hours and a few miles turned into many more.

My clearest memory is of a walk around Robin Hood’s Bay, we set off in bright sunshine in the appropriate attire for such a beautiful day, got inevitably lost en route and caught in a torrential down pour. In true British style, the weather returned to a beautiful summer’s day and we walked back into the village looking like we’d been for a dip in the sea fully clothed, much to the confusion of locals and tourists alike. So I understand why my children often display the same reticence when I suggest going on walks – which oddly enough is one of my favourite things (maybe marrying someone with a degree in Outdoor Education and a great sense of direction has helped me overcome any demons!). Of course I ignore my children’s cries of woe and we go on walks anyway, especially as 5 minutes in they have forgotten why they didn’t want to go in the first place.

One of the best investments we have made over the past year is National Trust membership. The houses are beautiful and rich with history, the gardens and grounds are stunning and it is so family friendly! Our children have absolutely loved exploring the houses, taking part in treasure hunts and dressing up, as well as learning about how people used to live. There’s so much to see and do that we keep returning to the same places over and over again, as well as using the opportunity to stop off at places on our journeys around the country.

 

So if you’ve got some spare money burning a holeĀ in your pocket, or you want an excuse to get out more and see the beautiful sights this country has to offer I would definitely recommend National Trust!

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We made an exciting discovery at the weekend of an Iron Age hill fort near where we live. It was really exciting to show the children where the mud embankments still stood firm even to this day, bearing record of defences in times past. It’s almost unimaginable all of the many things that have happened in times past, in the places we stand today. Places so peaceful and serene, that were once vicious and merciless battlefields.

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In survival mode, campfires were erected with the delicacy of ‘warmed’ jaffa cakes served to keep morale up for the soldiers defending their fort!

It always amazes me how many hours of fun can be had with a few sticks and a huge imagination.

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This is working out to be a great project to fit in with some other goals/habits I would like to improve and add to this year, including using my camera more and exploring more places together as a family. I always face the same response from the children when suggesting a walk, but within 5 minutes of getting out of the door they are having a whale of a time (this is an improvement on past experience, when within 5 minutes one of the children would have gone splat in the squishiest mud puddle known to man!).

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Absolutely love our National Trust membership! It’s a real incentive to get out and about and discover some beautiful walks, learn about historic buildings and how they played their part in the rich tapestry of this land, along with the people and families who lived in them.

M – loves to climb trees and plans on living in her own treehouse one day.

E – has a great imagination and loves the magical world of Pegasus, unicorns and of course Harry Potter (as guided by her older sister).

D – loves to meet all of the friendly dogs we see on our walks…something we feel lacking on our walks is our own dog (maybe we could just borrow someone else’s for such occasions!).

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