One of the things I love most about getting out and about exploring is discovering new places on my doorstep. One day last month Sophie and I went for a walk down a little lane near our house. We’ve walked down it once before with Jessica but only for a short distance before Jessica got tired and wanted to turn back. This time we had a full day ahead of us and I was determined to explore the lane further, especially as I’d discovered there were a few geocaches to find along the way!
It was a beautiful warm sunny day; one last lingering moment of summer before Autumn finally took over. Sophie had put on her fairy wings and brought her fairy wand and was ready to find magic in the woods.
We found our first conkers and filled a pot ready to take back home and put in the corners of the bathroom to keep the spiders at bay. For the last couple of years I’d tried and failed to find a horse chestnut tree locally so was very happy to discover this one! We also found our first geocache nearby.
As we walked along the footpath through the long grass we could hear crickets chirping although couldn’t quite spot them. Eventually we managed to see one sitting on a blade of grass although Sophie was more interested in hunting for sticks and leaves!
The walk then took us into the woods where we came across a “witch’s cottage” – a disused and derelict house in the middle of the woods. Places like this always make me wonder about the history behind them – who lived there, why did they leave and why was the house left to fall into decay. We managed to get close enough to peek through the windows and see the fireplace and the inside of the house.
The walk through the wood eventually lead to a lane which joined the main road leading back home again, where we managed to find a second geocache, having failed to find several others along the route. I’m sure most of the ones we missed were there, I just didn’t manage to find them before Sophie made it clear she wanted to move on!
It was quite a long walk for little legs and I have to say I was very impressed that Sophie coped so well with it. It’s probably a little too far for Jessica though and the path is definitely not buggy-friendly so will definitely need hubby to come with us if we ever try it again with Jessica – that way she can ride on Daddy’s shoulders if she gets tired!