Longshaw Estate & Padley Gorge

Walk – Longshaw//Surprise View/Bolehill Quarry/Padley Gorge Length – 4 miles approx Good for kids – Yes This weekend we decided to go for a walk with Robs brother and our Sister in Law (Damian and Rachel), and their children Josh (age 13) and Mia (aged 5). We wanted a fairly easy walk for the kids, so chose an old favourite – Padley Gorge. We found … Continue reading Longshaw Estate & Padley Gorge

Hello Fresh – An Honest Review

Stuck in a rut So I’m not the best cook in the world and Rob simply doesn’t cook at all. Add into this mix the fact that the kids eat their dinner at their childminders on 4 nights each week and you can easily see why we ended up eating the same boring meals on rotation each night of the week. Monday had become spag … Continue reading Hello Fresh – An Honest Review

The Cottage at Wilson House – Barningham

I’m slightly reluctant to write this blog post as I don’t really want to share this little find with too many people. This little cottage is an absolute gem and a perfect little hideaway for a quiet family break. The Cottage at Wilson House is a converted barn, located on a working farm in Barningham, County Durham and is just above the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  … Continue reading The Cottage at Wilson House – Barningham

Rowtor Rocks – Birchover

We decided this weekend to go on the hunt for the Druids Caves in Derbyshire (or Rowtor Rocks as its more locally known).  My friend Anna and her two girls, Molly and Jessie came along too – fab for Isla as Molly is her bestie 🙂 Rowtor Rocks are in the village of Birchover. Rather than head straight into Birchover, we decided to park in Elton village, … Continue reading Rowtor Rocks – Birchover

National Trust Membership – Should I Join?

To hopefully help you decide whether or not membership to the National Trust is worth it, I’ll tell you about our experience so far….. So we’ve been members of the National Trust for over a year now. We’ve thought about joining for many years, but have always talked ourselves out of it – mainly for the following 3 reasons: Cost per year is too expensive … Continue reading National Trust Membership – Should I Join?

Calke Abbey – The ‘Unstately’ Stately Home

Calke Abbey has to be one of our favourite places to visit.  We’ve been National Trust Members for over a year now and I’d say we’ve probably visited Calke around 5 or 6 times at various times of the year.  You can easily spend a full day here exploring the house and grounds.  We feel that this National Trust property has a great family balance, giving … Continue reading Calke Abbey – The ‘Unstately’ Stately Home