I love going for a walk along the canal. It always brings back happy memories of going on a narrowboating holiday with hubby in our pre-children (and pre-marriage!) days. We keep saying that one day we’ll go again with the girls. We’ve yet to really make any firm plans to do so. In the meantime though, I just enjoy going for walks along the canal with my girls instead.
With Jessica at school, it was just me and Sophie enjoying a walk together. She likes seeing all the boats moored up along the canal and pointing out the ropes that “stop them floating away”. A walk with Sophie is never quite complete unless there are dandelions to pick along the way. As usual she managed to gather a small dandelion bouquet along the way!
There were also lots of bindweed flowers along the tow path. I used to call them “Granny-pop-out-of-beds” as a child. I showed Sophie how to squeeze the base of the flower to make it pop out. She loved it so much that she wanted to stop and pop every flower within reach which made for quite a leisurely pace!
Naturally when we reached the canal bridge, we had to stop for a game of Poohsticks. Sadly it doesn’t work very well with the canal as there is no tide to help the stick drift under the bridge. I think half the fun for Sophie is just throwing the stick in though!
We stopped to take a closer look at the canal itself. There were water lilies to see, snails and damselflies on the lily pads and we spotted a pond skater skimming the surface of the water.
I had hoped to find a couple of geocaches en route. The one we passed on our walk wasn’t very easy to find though. Trying to hunt whilst holding a little hand and making sure a little person doesn’t go too close to the water can be challenging! I gave up quite quickly – it’s one to look for on another day instead!
This year we’re taking part in #30DaysWild – a challenge from the Wildlife Trusts to get outside each day in June, do something wild and connect with nature. You can find out more about #30DaysWild here.