The thing that scared me most about becoming a dad was that I’d become boring and stop doing all the stuff that made my life fun. Turns out the opposite is true – I’ve become a big kid and rediscovered so many things I’d forgotten I loved!
While I was thrashing around in a giant ball pit at Leo’s Fun Zone yesterday (and secretly having the time of my life) something suddenly hit me: our baby boy already has way cooler stuff, and is doing way cooler things, than I’ve ever done.
An oasis of calm in the Northamptonshire countryside, with miles of walking trails, huge lakes, loads of wildlife, and plenty of activities for explorers of all ages.
A rolling clifftop walk that follows the South Downs Way from the seaside town of Eastbourne, past Beachy Head lighthouse to the sand and shingle beach at Birling Gap.
While walking to work this morning, I saw a ridiculously cool sunrise that reminded me of all the things I love about being outside. Then my mind started racing, and before I knew it I was sitting down at my desk writing this…
A family wildlife safari for explorers of all ages at RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes nature reserve.
This is a lovely circular walk from the pretty seaside town of Wells-Next-The-Sea, taking in a busy harbour, a beautiful stretch of beach, and finishing with a stroll through tall pine trees.
Since my little boy can’t stand up yet, never mind ride a bike, this is a dad-only outdoor challenge for now. Biking 1500 miles in 12 months? I must be insane.
I found out quickly this winter that cold ears = unhappy baby. Which is why this daft beanie hat from Isbjörn of Sweden has been an invaluable addition to Sonny’s outdoor wardrobe.
Probably the ultimate English starter peak for any young mountaineer, Catbells is a beautiful little hill with magical views across the northern Lake District.