At the end of March, a few weeks before my 29th birthday, I decided to set myself a challenge.
Over the last 12 months my family and I have been on our fair share of walks, but they’ve been the same 3 or 4 on rotation; and all flat, circular routes. So, I have decided to walk 30 different walks before I turn 30 on 8th April next year.
Thankfully, the weather has been pretty great since then, lending itself to some lovely walks.
Walk 1 -Rydal / Grasmere Loop
We parked up in Rydal, walked alongside Grasmere and into the village before looping back round to the car. Of course, we stopped in Grasmere to buy gingerbread!
Walk 2 – Winder Fell (The Howgills)
This was a fabulous hike down memory lane, as we started in Sedbergh, where I went to school. We parked up in the town car park, before heading straight up Winder Fell, where you will find faster internet speeds than in your house. This was a much quieter walk than in Grasmere, as The Howgills are secretly nestled between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. It was great to feel like we were really in the wilderness.
We descended and had a well earned cold pint in local pub, The Dalesman. Perfect!
Walk 3 – Eaves Wood and Pepperpot (Silverdale)
And so to today’s walk. We had a time limit today, so we decided to stay local. In the spirit of not doing the same walks as normal, we ventured to a National Trust car park just outside Silverdale and found ourselves enjoying a truly delightful walk through Eaves Wood and up to the Pepperpot. I now that sounds ridiculously twee, but the birdsong and stillness was wonderful.
Again, some amazing views out over Morecambe Bay.
So glorious was the weather, we went to Arnside for a brew and toilet stop, collected some chips and sat on the beach for a late lunch.
I think our daughter enjoyed her first trip to the beach.
I’ll try and let you know how I get on with my challenge over the next 12 months… only another 27 walks to go!