Getting ’em walking

When my husband decided it would be a good idea to take the kids to Snowdon over Easter, I must admit I was nervous. I’m always nervous about anything which involves taking our family out of its comfort zone. I worry about travelling and I worry more than I should about the kids getting ill or hurting themselves (although, in my defence, my kids do have a pretty good track record in hurting themselves – we’ve already had two trips to A&E this year).

But there was another issue. Could they do it?

I’m told lots of people do Snowdon, that it’s not really a big deal. We’re fit and healthy. We could do it, right?

I run regularly, including half marathons, as well as walking a lot in day-to-day life. I can do it!

My husband plays football and goes through phases of running and cycling. He has also done Snowdon before. He can do it!

My eldest is the least of my worries. Although he’s not a prize-winning high achiever like his siblings, he is quietly resilient. If he puts his mind to something and wants to do it, he will do it. He’s used to long hikes with Scouts and has done Snowdon before. He can do it!

My younger son is fit and energetic. He can run for hours up and down a football or rugby pitch. But he doesn’t actually like walking. And he can be pretty stubborn when forced to do something he doesn’t want to do. Will the excitement of walking in mountains be enough to get him motivated?

My daughter is fit and energetic too. She enjoys walking in the local hills (because she can run down them), but she does tend to get bored after a while. And she is only 8. Are her legs strong enough and does she have the stamina for a mountain?

So I wasn’t sure if we could manage it or not. I needed to stack the odds in our favour and get us walking.

First things first – walking boots. I am 40 years old. I have never had a pair of walking boots. My Doc Martens have always done the job perfectly well.

With the family kitted out in boots, we needed to break them in AND get fit and ready for Snowdon.

A week before Snowdon we went for our usual walk up the hills, which is only about 45 minutes. On the same day I also made the kids walk to the shops and back rather than drive – that’s only about three quarters of a mile each way.

My daughter wanted to go swimming as she’s determined to practice and pass her swimming course next time. The pool is about a mile and a half away. I decided to test the water (see what I did there) by mentioning that we walk to the swimming pool and back. I thought there would be moans and groans. But they were excited! My daughter woke up on the morning and told me she’d been thinking about the walk and had worked out who many times we would need to cross the road! The novelty of doing something different made it exciting and they liked the idea that they were getting fit and ready for Snowdon.

The next walk was tough. We did our usual 45 minute hill walk but we parked on the road at the bottom of the hill and walked all the way up – doubling the duration of the walk and adding in a ridiculously sleep hill into the bargain. My daughter struggled a bit – she kept stopping, she was thirsty and she had to strip all her layers off. I must admit, I was slightly nervous about her ability to manage Snowdon. The boys just kept going the whole time and were always ahead of us, which was a bit disappointing as I wanted us to walk Snowdon as a family, not with them (and Daddy) marching off and me shuffling behind with my daughter.

But we made it! Hopefully we’ve done enough to get ready for Snowdon.

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Now I’ve got ’em walking, I need to keep it up. It’s great that they are getting even fitter, enjoying fresh air and nature and we’re avoiding wasting money on petrol and clogging up the environment with the fumes.

Mum of Three World

 

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. As long as you choose a good day and set off early they’ll be fine. We did it 3 or so years ago with our two and they probably found it easier than us. Views are great from the top and well worth it. You can also buy certificates from the cafe on top that says they climbed Snowdonia.

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    • That’s good to know, thanks very much, Christine 🙂

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  2. Great preparation and a lovely post- I am planning to walk 16 miles on Monday (an annual pilgrimage organised by our diocese) and my children want to come too. My daughter will do it easily but my son has disabilities and I’m concerned he won’t make it – but like you thought we’ll give it a go – we do have the luxury of a back up car though if he can’t finish!!! I will post back on this linky next week if he makes it! #loudnproud

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    • Good luck to you and your kids with that, Afra! Look forward to reading about it next week.

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  3. You’ll all be fine! I lived in a small village, called Waunfawr, right at the bottom of Snowdon and walked up and down that mountain numerous times as a child. It’s such a lovely walk. #Loud’n’Proud

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    • Wow, that’s impressive. I guess it’s not a big deal if you live nearby.

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  4. Wow, this is quite some challenge! I’ve no idea how far it is actually but I think you’re children (and you) will be so proud of your achievement once it’s done. And at least they’ve got something amazing to write in the ‘what I did in the holidays’ essay when back ag school!

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    • They certainly will, thanks very much, Suzanne! It will be quite an achievement for all of us I think.

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  5. OOOH loving this.
    Your blog is looking very sparkly lovely xxx

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    • Thanks very much, glad you like my new-look blog1 🙂 x

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  6. Sounds like they are doing brilliantly with the preparation! Looking forward to hearing about the climb itself x #loudnproud

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    • Thanks very much, Sara! All will be revealed on Loud ‘n’ Proud next week. x

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  7. I’m sure with all your preparation that you will be able to climb Snowdon. It#s wonderful that you are going to be doing it as a family venture #loudandproud

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    • Thanks very much, Louisa 🙂

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  8. Congratulations! Our eldest is only a year younger than your daughter, and we walk everywhere (what with living in London and having no car), but I can’t imagine her doing any kind of mountain climbing, so serious kudos for even considering it!
    #LoudNProud

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    • Thanks very much, FM! My daughter is determined and competitive, so that should over-ride everything else! Fingers crossed.

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  9. ooh what a challenge. when are you planning on doing snowdon?

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    • Thanks very much, Emma. We’re doing it over Easter! 🙂

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  10. Unfortunately little A struggles to walk much farther than school (about 200yards away). One of the hidden difficulties with Autism. You, however have raised your children to be fit and active. Physically they will probably have no problem. Kids will be kids though lol *are we there yet* xxx
    #PoCoLo

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    • That’s very true, Ojo, that’s one of my main concerns!

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  11. Ooh good luck with it all. Climbing a. Outta in is obviously hard work but the sense of achievement is fantastic once you’ve done it. It’s not on the same scale, but both my children want to climb Arthur’s Seat today so we’re going to give it a go!

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    • Thanks very much. I hope you and the kids managed it OK, Iona!

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  12. Sounds like a Hell of a challenge, but you’re preparing well for it! Good luck! #PoCoLo

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    • Thanks very much, Danny 🙂

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    • Thanks very much, Merlinda, what a lovely thing to say 🙂

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    • Thanks very much x

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  13. Sounds like a touch but fun challenge 🙂 we took our children walking last year up the peaks, they loved it … must do more adventures this year 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop…

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    • Thanks very much, Claire. Hope you manage to do more walking with the family this summer. Always a pleasure to join in with the bloghop!

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    • Thanks very much, Erica 🙂

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  14. This mych be a popular place to go walking because my Daddy has a collectable walking stick with looooads of badges on it. One of them is from where you guys where and apparently I was in a papoose on his back when they went! haha! Nice to see its a popular walking spot. Looks lovely. #PoCoLo

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  15. That sounds very cute! Must have been a struggle with a baby you on his back!

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  16. I’d love to do snowdon when mine are older – walking distance is easier the more you do it. I try to do it as often as possible but it’s difficult when the lure of the car is theee

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    • Thanks very much, Kara, I enjoy walking and try to integrate it into everyday life as much as possible, but am not used to the long distances. I’m sure it’s like running though and you can build up to it.

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  17. Wow I think you are all amazing. Good luck with Snowdon, I look forward to reading the post with how brilliantly you all did x #LoudnProud

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    • Thanks very much, Sharon 🙂

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  18. You’re well on your way to being prepared I think. Snowdon looks so beautiful at the top doesn’t it? Can’t wait to read about your actual journey now 🙂

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  19. It’s fantastic to see that you are all getting into this! I am really looking forward to reading how you get on. Your kids are so energetic – its brilliant. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo 🙂 x

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    • Thanks very much 🙂

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  20. What a great way to get everyone ready for the walk! Sounds like you are all well prepared x

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  21. I hope the walk goes/has gone well. Each year, I envoke the privilege of my birthday to insist we climb a hill. That led to a lovely walk around Oswestry on Friday. There’s always moaning, but the younger two can be distracted. My older son is less pliable. A shame as I wish we could make it a regular part of our lives.

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    • Good for you for insisting on it on your birthday! It can be very difficult to motivate kids to walk, but I find mine usually enjoy it once they get started.

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    • Thanks very much for following. Always nice to meet new readers 🙂

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