Walking at Castle Crag – The Great Outdoors

I’ve just watched that video – the one that has, ironically, gone viral today, about how much we lose from our lives by being constantly attached to laptops, phones and tablets in the name of “social” media. And yes, blogging can be included in that too. We miss so much, and I am sure we are all guilty of it – I know I am. But I am so glad that this weekend has been spent enjoying quality time with my family. I’ve had the nicest weekend that I can remember for along time. There has been no arguments to speak of between the castle crag 1children, we’ve enjoyed each other’s company and we have laughed and learned from each other. In a nutshell, it’s been fab.

We are so lucky to live where we do, and today Mr, the boys, Bonnie the Poodle and I decided to head to the hills to tick off a couple of things from the 50 Things To Do Before You Are 11 3/4 from B’s new National Trust book. We are already au fait with
the thinkergeocaching, but B decided that anything he’d done before he got the book didn’t count towards ticking them off, so we figured we’d take the chance of a dry day in the Lake District to find a few. We parked up at Rosthwaite in Borrowdale and set off for Castle Crag. It’s a walk we’ve done before, although the children were much younger, so we didn’t reach the summit, which is accessed by a rather tricky slate covered path (Castle Crag was home to a now disused quarry). It’s not high – a mere 951 feet – but it’s a very pretty hill, with stunning views on a clear day (unfortunately today was very hazy). It is a great crag to climb, nevertheless, and if you are walking with small children, or just don’t fancy the final push up the scree, you can loop around and come back to the main path.

skimming stones Last time we walked this route, we came at it from the Grange end, but this time we headed past the tearoom at Rosthwaite. We stopped to play at the river, where we tried to teach the children how to skim stones, then walked back towards Keswick along the bank of the River Derwent. The walk ended up being about 4 miles, and including the time we spent eating our lunch and looking for geocaches (we found 4!), it took us a shade under4 hours. We don’t like to rush. It’s not about whizzing round castle crag 3it as quickly as possible, it’s about enjoying the scenery, playing along the way, teaching the children the (very few) things we know about the flora and fauna and generally having a good time.

the view

I find days like this so relaxing. They really serve to remind me of how lucky I am – I have two wonderful children, a fantastic husband, our whole futures ahead of us, and all the time in the world to enjoy them. So that’s what I am going to do. It’s too easy to waste evenings tapping away on a keyboard, pausing only to change channel on the TV, barely speaking, other than to ask if anyone wants anything from the kitchen. That’s not living – just existing. To coin a phrase, I’m choosing life. So if you don’t see me tweeting for a while, you know why.

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