7 tips for family mountain bike adventures

This is a collaborative post.  We’ve had a bit of a breakthrough over the past fortnight. After eight months of riding a bike, Lia has finally mastered starting and stopping. Being unable to do so didn’t stop her cycling, but it stopped me. I tended to run alongside her bike to help her rather than cycling myself. But now, we’re ready for proper cycling. So, here are my top tips for family mountain bike adventures. 1. Get the right bikes A good bike makes all the difference for a child who is learning to cycle. I personally swear by light…

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12 things you need to know about cycling in the Forest of Dean

Two seasoned mountain bikers stopped beside the trail for a drink. Covered in mud and exhausted from pushing themselves, they watched as a tiny tot pedalled past. The beauty of the Forest of Dean cycle tracks is that they really do cater for everyone. Here’s what you need to know before you pump up the tyres and head for the hills. 1. Where to start There are various locations in the Forest of Dean to pick up the cycle trails. Head to the tourist information website for links to the different routes. Alternatively, you can pick up a cycling guide…

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Stargazing with the Forestry Commission

When I was a child, stargazing was of little interest to me. I don’t recall any lessons at school that sparked my interest, although I did find it fascinating that a friend had perfectly accurate constellations on her bedroom ceiling. This was courtesy of her incredibly clever dad and some fluorescent stickers. Stargazing in the forest Fast forward to today, and my four year old daughter is already fascinated by stargazing. Even my two year old always looks out for the stars and the moon when it gets dark. For my girls, this has a lot to do with Tim Peake’s trip…

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50 Things to Do Before You’re 11 3/4

For the last couple of years, hubby and I have been National Trust members. We love the fact that there are so many different places to visit for the cost of a membership fee.  The other advantage is that many National Trust places accept dogs, at least in the grounds. One such place locally is the beautiful Brockhampton Estate.  And it’s a sign of Libby growing up that today when we went to take back the map from our walk, she was offered a scrapbook to record her 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4.  I’ve been vaguely aware…

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