|My daughter on top of Loughrigg|
I know from talking to friends online that they too struggle to find walks that are family friendly from local walking groups. Often the members of existing groups have got walks that work well for them i.e. short mid week walks with a pub lunch at the end and then long walks at the weekend. These are fantastic if either you don't work or you have children old enough to do long walks.
A rough rule of thumb is that a child should be able to hike as many miles as their age. Of course some can do a lot more and some struggle to get that far. This makes it hard for groups to cater for families.
So I am contemplating setting up a families walking group either through the Ramblers or separately to cater for families in the south of Cumbria and north of Lancashire to get out walking. I may be completely mad but it seems the only way to get walks to suit on a regular basis! But I need to know what families want from an organised ramble:
- plenty of play stops
- things to spot en route
- den building
- tree climbing (may not sit well with the insurance!)
- buggy friendly
- closeness to toilets
- anything else..
So I am opening this up to my lovely readers for your ideas and suggestions! Meantime we will sound out the ramblers as to the feasibility of starting a specialist group for families in this area. Watch this space..