On Saturday, the children and I, along with my Dad, took a short trip over the M62 to Bingley. It was all part of the #WalkWithWynsors outdoor event. The idea being that they want to encourage families to get out walking together, whatever the weather.
I’ll admit that sometimes when the weather is less than impressive the last thing on my mind is getting wrapped up and heading out for a walk. However, the children love going out for ‘rainy walks’ and jumping around in puddles so I do try to indulge them. As the old saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing. Although I’ll admit I was tempted to turn the car around as the snow and sleet came down as we made the short journey across the M62!
So with our wellies and various layers of clothes we joined some other bloggers and the lovely Cedric from Bingley Walkers are Welcome for a short stroll around the canal in the lovely town of Bingley.
We met up outside Bingley train station and the children were very excited to be given a bag of bits from the Canal & River Trust complete with some ‘quack snacks’ – the perfect food for keeping the ducks healthy.
Mr D and Miss E have been talking about their quack snack packs since getting home and I’m under strict instruction to refill them for our next walk. You can read more information here on making your own quack snack packs. Our little bags are safely stored away and will be filled this week I am sure for our next stroll.
We set off and it was lovely to get out in the fresh air and to see all the children having great fun stomping and splashing in puddles. I think walking along the canals is always a great way to get a sense of an areas past and Cedric was able to explain lots of little bits and pieces about the history of the canal and the area, including the sorts of things that would have once been transported along the canal.
After we had been for our walk we headed off to the Potting Shed to get a bite to eat – a treat for us as usually it’s a flask of coffee or hot chocolate and a sandwich before we head home.
I’ve resolved to get myself a new pair of wellies and to take the children out more often along our own canals here – we are lucky to be a very short walk away and we really don’t get out down there often enough as a family. So I think this Christmas Damian and I will be investing in wellies for those wintery walks along the canal. I can’t wait until Mr H is big enough to join in the fun too.
To read more about the #WalkWithWynsors campaign as well as to see the fab wellies and other outdoor clothing they stock just pop along to their website. Mr D and Miss E love their new wellies and I am sure they’re going to see a lot of use over the coming weeks as I intend to keep my promise of more walks out and about – whatever the weather may be like.