Saturday 18 January 2014

#CountryKids An afternoon out in Kendal

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Some days even when you feel everyone needs to relax there comes a point when you just have to get the family out the door to save your sanity! Today was one of those days with the children starting to get on each other's and my nerves an excursion was required....

So we dug my daughter's bike out from the shed and I pumped up the tyres:

girl on bike

Her little brother prefers 2 feet to 2 wheels so he opted to "jog" and I had to put my running shoes on to keep up:

boy running

Having to carry a rucksack of library books didn't make it the easiest of runs for me and I also took chances to pause and photograph them as they shot ahead:

running and cycling by the River Kent

We padlocked my daughter's bike to the convenient bike rack outside the library and returned all the books:

Kendal library

Then the rucksack was re-filled with books my son spent a book token on and some drinks to take to the park. We reclaimed the bike and negotiated the market place and some cobble stone streets to get us down to the river:

running by River Kent

My daughter didn't enjoy cycling on cobbles they made her arms all wobbly! She was much happier on the river path:

cycling by River Kent

It's a lovely stretch to go down with plenty to look at on the way:

Miller Bridge, Kendal

By the time we got to the park my daughter's hi-vis vest was showing signs of how many puddles she had cycled through:

muddy hi-vis vest

The park was a lot busier than on our visit last weekend but there was still plenty of room for my little monkeys to burn off some energy:

girl dangling from climbing frame

boy on swing

It was a shame that the park benches were all very wet so we couldn't sit down for a drink:

But the children were far too busy to want to pause any way:

boy on zip wire

We were just in time to be able to nip into the neighbouring cafe for a warming hot chocolate before they closed:

Though I was good and just had a coffee (do you like the way my daughter set up this still life!):

Abbott Hall cafe

When we came out my son was still full of energy:

Museum of Lakeland Life

So we took the canal path route home which was about 3 km from the park. Although my daughter took a wrong turn on her bike and ended up going a mile in the wrong direction... hopefully a mistake she won't make again. I look forward to more trips like this one.


  1. Memories are made of this!

  2. the great thing about blogging is they are preserved well online too :-)

  3. Aaahhh what a beautiful place yo house for a bike ride x

  4. Sara (@mumturnedmom)25 January 2014 at 00:11

    What a lovely cycle route, and what a great afternoon! #CountryKids

  5. Coombe Mill (Fiona)25 January 2014 at 00:37

    Looks like a great use of an afternoon and much better thn staying insde when you have active kids. It always looks so beautiful around you, even the library has so much going for it right by the river. I hope you have many more library trips like this one.

  6. Great memories from an ordinary erand #countrykids

  7. You are so right. Getting everyone out of the house makes everyone feel so much better

  8. Sarah @apartyofseven25 January 2014 at 07:22

    so beautiful where you live. lovely afternoon

  9. That's one way to keep fit! #CountryKids

  10. What a scenic place for a run and a bike ride especially when kids have so much energy,


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