Living Arrows 42/52 (2019)

Last week Toby and Gabe finished school on Thursday. They had an inset day on Friday so half term started early for us. On Friday morning we packed up the car and headed up to the Lake District for the weekend.

We had been invited to review a Hobbit Hole at The Quiet Site on the side of Ullswater for the weekend,there’ll be a full review coming soon, but for now I just wanted to share a couple of photos from our weekend for this week’s Living Arrows post.

We only had a short journey up to the Lakes (it’s about 90 minutes from where we live to Penrith) we decided to make the most of our first day with a trip to Whinlatter Forest.

We’ve been to Whinlatter quite a few times before. The last time we were there we did the Gruffalo Trail. There is currently a Zog trail which follows the same route as that one, but having already done the Zog trail at Grizedale Forest, we decided to do the new Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trail instead.

The boys love to play in the woods, and are happy to walk a fair distance but it’s always helpful to have something to keep their interest while we do it. The Glow Trail was good fun and probably my favourite of the various ones we’ve done. I’ll do a full post about it soon too, probably after we’ve been to see the film this week, but for now I would say if you have one near you it’s definitely worth a visit.

Gabe enjoying a walk in Whinlatter Forest
Gabe enjoying the Farmageddon Glow Trail at Whinlatter Forest

On Saturday we went to see the waterfall at Aira Force – I’ve got loads of photos from there that I’ll share in another post. It was quite a trek for the boys up to the waterfall but they both did really well again, and we managed to avoid the rain for the second day in a row.

On Sunday before we drove home we stopped in a lay by next to Ullswater and went down a little beach to throw some stones. It just wouldn’t be a trip to the Lake District for us without a bit of stone throwing!

Toby on the shores of Ullswater in the Lake District
Toby on the shores of Ullswater

I’ve got so many pictures from the weekend of Toby pulling silly faces but we did manage to catch a few where he managed a nice smile. I know I say it a lot but our boys really do thrive being outdoors. They may ask for their tablets and want to play Minecraft all the time, but actually when we get them outside they love it.

Like I said, the Lake District is only an hour or so away from us, and now the boys are a bit bigger we really are determined to start making the most of the great outdoors we have almost on our doorstep.

We haven’t got much planned for the rest of half term now. The boys have convinced me to take them swimming today, and then I think we’re going to the cinema tomorrow. Other than that we’re having some quiet days at home to hopefully charge everyone’s batteries enough to make it to Christmas!

If you’re on half term this week too I hope you’re having a lovely time, and if it’s not until next week then I hope you make it through the last few days of school stress free!

This is my ninth year taking part in this linky celebrating childhood, based on a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” .

If you’d like to see the rest of my Living Arrows posts you can find them all here.

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