Making Tracks is a lovely box set of 12 walks for children to enjoy with their parents. They are beautifully presented and recommended for children 5 – 12 years. Unable to leave Eliza at home, we took a punt and embarked on a couple with her in tow (she is 3.5 years). We did not regret it and everyone had fun. She did have to have a couple of piggy backs as her legs got a bit tired but that was fine. Sensible shoes are required as these are proper walks.
We took the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Pickering to Whitby. Henry has spent ages looking through the walks and just loves them because they are presented in an appealing way for kids. Not only this, the facts, crafts and activities are just up his street. When I asked him if he would like to try the Goathland walk as part of our day out on the train, he didn’t hesitate.
Walk 4 – Goathland is 3 miles and beautifully laid out and described. Henry loved leading the way. The layout was lovely for children to take the lead. We had disembarked at station therefore we had to join the walk at point 4. It was no problem, we still did the whole walk. They loved a bit of sign spotting over lunch time. As we walked on, admiring the heather in flower, we spotted lots of different plants and trees which we talked about.
One highlight was the number of wooden bridges – “who’s that trip trapping over my bridge?” didn’t wear thin for either Henry or Eliza. Henry had spotted the Stepping Stones and both were waiting in anticipation for them! The river was very low so they weren’t quite as exciting as they may have been. Therefore, Henry had to do a bit of freestyle river and stream crossing! This didn’t end well! Predictably, he fell in….luckily the weather was nice and he was wearing shorts so he walked on. He was dry by Goathland!
After the stepping stones, there is a quite a steep path upwards. Eliza requested a piggy back which was a good work out for me!
We were lucky enough to see a steam train passing through which we loved and Charlie got his first trainspotting video!!
We didn’t see any adders, but were aware that this is something to be alert for when walking in the North York Moors National Park. Some fellow walkers did warn us that they had seen some which caused a lot of excitement and anticipation.
This was a wonderful walk that we all enjoyed. I would thoroughly recommend this selection of walks sent to me by walking-books.com. There are 12 to choose from around the North York Moors National Park. They come in a lovely box to keep them clean and safe. Henry has been through them and we have a to do list! The White Horse at Kilburn is the first request and he was wondering if he could start the suggested collage early! Plus could we get baking some Rose Top Buns ready for climbing Roseberry Topping! We did go to Robin Hood’s Bay earlier in the year and a return trip has been requested! Thornton le Dale and Farndale will be for next Spring he thought…
They are a lovely present for kids keen on the outdoors as they make the walks really fun and give the children the opportunity to lead the way! We can’t wait to do some more…