Child minding tales- a walk to Heddon’s mouth

Regular readers, will know how I love to get children out and about whenever possible.One outing, that comes to mind, was when I took my youngest son. then aged 12, a child minded child, age 8 and went, with another child minder and her son, 12 on an afternoon walk to Heddon’s mouth, via the Hunters Inn

The Hunters Inn, as the name suggests, is a hotel.

We drove there, ( note, that I had written permission from the child minding child’s parents, to take her out in my car) leaving my car in the car park, we then walked pasted the hotel, where there were several peacocks wandering around the grounds.

. The path which is in a deep valley follows a river to the sea.

We walked together along the path, where I spotted and pointed out a heron looking for fish. At one point we had to cross the river over a wooden bridge, where the children had fun playing pooh sticks, while I chatted to my friend. As we walked further we also saw a mountain goat, high above us, on the hill. To get onto the pebble beach, we had to cross the river once again, the older boys decided to use some stepping stones

and my son managed to get his feet wet, On witnessing this, the rest of us took an alternative route.

Next we found a sheltered spot to sit on the beach, while the children tried their hands at skimming stones into the sea

(always take great care of children near any water). I remembered my dad telling me, when I was a girl, that round, flat stones are the best for this, so I shared this information with them all.

Half an hour, or so, later, we headed back to the car park, taking pleasure from the scenery, as we walked.

When we arrived at the car, we had an ice cream, before driving home.

For the cost of an ice cream each and the petrol it took for our journey, we had a good, educational, fun afternoon out and as it meant my son had a good few hours away from his x-box, I would say it was a good result!

I would like to thank my dad. Ken Smith and my friend Tina Day for allowing me to use their photographs in this post.

As always questions/comments are welcome.




10 Comments on “Child minding tales- a walk to Heddon’s mouth

  1. We love this walk there is so much to see and do no matter the weather. In the summer we stop for a paddle in the stream
    and then again in the sea, in the colder months we find different nature items. It’s so enjoyable for all the family.

  2. What a lovely blog. I felt like I was doing the walk with you, one of our favourite walks with the family dogs . Children never get bored on these type of walks as there is always something different to see around the next corner. Loved all the photos , brilliant!

  3. This sounds like such a beautiful walk and we love our weekend rambles too. Having a dog makes us get out. I like to see the boys with red cheeks and happy faces, enjoying nature and unplugged! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

  4. What a lovely walk! I love it when my teens agree to come on a walk with me – we live close to the gorgeous South Wales coast and so we have plenty of choice. Thanks so much for sharing with us at #TweensTeensBeyond

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