13.1 of 500 Miles completed

Today the school my Grandchildren go to had an Inset Day, so my daughter and I braved the icy winds, wrapped the children up and off we went to Arne

walking at Arne

an RSPB Nature Reserve near Wareham, Dorset. Little Miss M (5) and I set Strava on my phone so we could measure how far we walked. We are aiming to walk 500 miles together – you can see the origin of this challenge here.

Now Little Bro (5) is prone to complaining about going on a ‘walk’ at the best of times, and on the car journey there, he was starting to say he wasn’t going to walk as it was too cold, so I asked him if he liked hot chocolate. “Oooooh YES!” he said.

So evil Granny replied, “When we get to the playground you will all be able to have a hot chocolate (I’d packed a flask full), but anyone who makes ANY complaints WHAT-SO-EVER will not be getting any hot chocolate”.

I call this incentive!

As soon as Big Bro and Little Bro met their cousins they were off and running and having a wonderful time following the Nature Trails forgetting they were on ‘a walk’, even before we got to the playground (which was about an hour from the start) Little Bro said, “this is actually quite fun.”

Arne, Poole Harbour, Natrue Trail

Poole Harbour from Arne

The walk takes you through woods, down to the beach overlooking Poole Harbour and then through woodland again to the woodland playground.

By the time we got to the playground my phone battery was getting low so I didn’t take any more photos but this is a photo from a visit last summer

woodland playground

We all had a hot chocolate and the children clambered about happily playing a Star Wars inspired game for about half an hour – then back to the RSPB centre to get stickers for filling in the Nature Trail questionaire.

Little Miss M and I had clocked up 2.6 miles – making our running total 13.1 miles. Little Miss M and the other children covered at least twice that distance with their running back and forth looking for acorns, berries, flowers and shells on the beach.


Joining in with Cee’s Which Way Now Challenge.

And today this fabulous quote and picture seen on Alisa Burke’s blog

quote about woods


43 responses to “13.1 of 500 Miles completed

  1. Pingback: 500 miles with Granny | Wild Daffodil

  2. That sounds like a great place to visit, I wish we had a RSPB reserve nearby. I like the idea of using your phone to record the distance walked, that is something grandchildren can relate to.

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    • It really is fabulous Brian, always something different to see. The children love to see how far they have walked and it gives them incentive to go further next time. The map of our path is such a brilliant way for them to get interested in map reading.

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  3. I came here for scrap happy, but I’m commenting here.
    This is such an amazing journey you have begun. Your children will remember this when they are older. When I taught in an inner city school in California I used to share my hiking adventures with my little 1st and 2nd graders. They always looked at me blankly and asked: Why do you do that teacher? Their parents never took them anywhere but the store, the swapmeet, MacDonald’s or the movies. Well, I will correct that statement. At least they took them to visit the relatives!

    You have put a smile on my face!

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    • Hi Lynda! I’m so glad to know you popped in from Scrap Happy.
      I used to work with kids with behavioural difficulties and although we live in a very rural county, some of the kids I worked with never left the town. I asked an 8 year old girl for her 3 wishes and one was to see a real sheep – we took a 30 minute drive from town and walked along a footpath through a field of sheep – you should have seen her face – I took photos and videos of her with the sheep, she spent some time trying to get really close to them. Her Mum told me afterwards that she spends hours looking at the videos of herself in the field of sheep.
      A little time in nature can work wonders!
      Your comment in turn gave me a smile too! πŸ™‚
      Thanks for dropping by. ❀

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  4. Thanks for making me a part of your family trip – I thoroughly enjoyed it especially the hot chocolate drink πŸ˜€

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  5. I think this is a fabulous idea! I don’t think there are any woods walkways near me, in spite of all the woods, but maybe I can find another place or places around town and challenge myself. I think I’ll start with a goal of 100 miles, though. =) And wait until it stops raining in about ten days. =P Thanks for the inspiration.

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    • That sounds like a great challenge.
      It will probably take the rest of my life to complete this particular challenge, I have visions of Little Miss M helping me and my walking stick to complete the last few miles in my dotage – I’m 65 now, and she is 5.


  6. We love Arne. 500 miles together is a great challenge! Did you see any Sika deers?

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  7. love the photo of the kids all lined up on the bench, admiring the view ^^ And I’d have come along if I knew you were going to take a flask of hot chocolate!

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  8. “This is actually quite fun”–little kids crack me up! I hope, next time, he remembers the fun and looks forward to the walk (or the “sploring”–I love that!) The 500 mile goal is amazing–think of the moments you’ll share across those miles!

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    • Ha!Ha! Yes they crack me up too Kerry. Both boys were very keen to tell their Mum how much they had enjoyed our walk – they loved seeing the miles going up on Strava and to see a map of where we had been too was great for them.
      I’m keen to see where Little Miss M and I go on our 500 miles – I’m enjoying recording it on the blog – I’m not usually very good at keeping records, but doing it this way is fun!


  9. Hot chocolate in a flask, that takes me back!

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  10. What an awesome day off!?

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  11. What a beautiful place! Even with my creaky knees, I would gladly walk there for hot chocolate. πŸ˜‰

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  12. Excellent incentive!

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  13. Murtagh's Meadow

    Looks like a great walk. Like you i often bring some form of chocolate bribery- sorry ‘incentive’ along to help younger ones complete their walk!

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  14. Well done Sandra – slow and steady wins the day! When she was little, Younger Daughter used to say “My legs are all walky” soon after we had crossed the road from our house when we were walking anywhere… πŸ˜‰

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  15. Wonderful to take children out in nature. Good for you.

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  16. How wonderful more miles towards the 500. You will do this. And naughty Granny! Poor little bro. We never went walks we went sploring!

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  17. What a lovely walk with grandchildren πŸ™‚

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  18. Oh your which way photos look so inviting to me. Wonderful post. πŸ˜€

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  19. I like your incentive strategies – and the outcomes speak for themselves πŸ™‚

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