Wednesday, 3 June 2009

More sunshine, More time to enjoy the outdoors

Wow, it's June already.

A quick rundown of walking festivals this month;

The Gower Walking Festival includes 47 guided walks at day and night taking in the history and wildlife of the stunning peninsula between the 6th and 21st June. More details at

Bishops Castle walking festival in Shropshire runs from the 9th - 11th June with 11 guided walks including Railway walks, Iron Age forts and woodland walks. Details at

Langport Two-Day waling festival runs over the 13th and 14th June. Eight walks through the Somerset countryside run over the 2 days. Contact the organisers via for further details.

Rothbury and Coquedale Midsummer Festival in Northumberland runs during the week commencing 13th June. The walks cost £7 and all funds raised will go to the Northumberland National Park Good Nature Fund. details at

The 13th & 14th of June is the date for the Muirkirk Walking Festival in East Ayrshire. Visit for further details.

Herefordshire Walking Festival runs in the same week as the Rothbury festival and includes 61 guided walks so there's bound to be something to suit whatever your ability. Walks cost £3, children walk free.

Details of the Peak District's Historic Borders Walking Festival can be found at This walking festival includes walks and cycle rides in the peak district with the "longest walk on the longest day".

There are loads more events running up and down the country and if we have missed something you think should be mentioned please drop me a line at

I am still traipsing up and down the ridgeway - sometimes with the kids, sometimes not. This week saw a 7 mile stretch nicely tucked under our belts as we walked between Goring and East Ilsley. Sunburn was aquired and the dog managed to get a blister! I had no idea dogs could get blisters. This weeks walk is weather dependent and looks like it will probably be a stretch of Ridgeway between Chinnor and Nuffield, part of which is under trees to shade us from the forecast rain.

At the shop; we have taken delivery of more kids backpacks. I'm delighted to say our best selling pack, the Vaude Puck 10, is back in stock. The Puck 10 is the perfect pack for nature detectives as it comes with it's own magnifying glass and seating mat for sitting very still waiting for bugs to come out. My son has been using his for the last year to carry everything from his packed lunch at school to binoculars and gaiters when he is out exploring. We have also added the Ayla 6 pack in a variety of colours - the red arrived this week and is certainly my favourite.

Get in touch; As always I love hearing about the outdoor adventures you ar ehaving with your family so please share stories, walking & camping tips or recipes, or general chat via any of the following methods;

We also have a Camping Kidz facebook page which we are trying to make a little more interesting - I've created a few discussion boards here were we can share camping tips and recipes so if you have something to share why not get in touch here. Or if you have a question or subject you'd like to discuss add it to the discussion board.

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