Family Activity Log: 4.9 miles

Grayston Family
Shropshire, England


The Grayston Family

Completed: 19 Apr 2017
Distance: 4.9 miles
Points: 15

Activity Rating:


The Grayston Family logged 4.9 miles Hiking

A good walk from the Bellingham Campsite

This was one of the walks that was available at the Camping and Caravanning Club campsite at Bellingham in Northumberland.
They have laminated sheets with the route details on that you can borrow if you are staying at the campsite.
The route takes you down through the Village of Bellingham, through farmland, a bit of moorland, and then to a woodland that contains an ancient Romano-British settlement.
After that you head back down to the river (with a bit of a walk along the road) and then follow the river path back to the village.

It was a great walk that didn’t completely pass without incident.
We entered a field that had a number of young black bulls. They didn’t like us since we had our dog with us.
No matter which way we went, they headed off to block us, and at one point, started running down the hill towards us.
Fortunately, the farmer had a sheep hole open in the stone wall, and we all got through the hole rather quickly! Luckily for us that the route’s footpath carried on in this field anyway!

Escaping the cows
Walking the Bellingham Hike

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Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

6 Comments
  1. Hi
    I’m rather surprised you went walking in farmland with a dog…not on in NZ where I live.
    Laurie

    • Yes, it’s allowed here in the UK as long as you stick to the public footpaths and have your dog on a lead.  Having your dog off lead and scaring livestock isn’t OK. 

      In the UK, we can’t walk very far in many places without it being farmland.  BTW, my sister lives in NZ. It’s on our bucket list to visit 🙂

      • Thanks for the prompt reply. Pleased the rules say dogs must be on a lead. We’ve had enough farm experience though to be very wary of bulls…can be nasty.

        When I 1st found your site I was going to write & congratulate you on capitalising on a great idea…earning a living out of what you like doing as a family. Age…elderly…& family wise…all grown up & living somewhere else…we are at the opposite end of life to you, however one reason for writing is we’d like to be doing an “oldies” version of what you’re doing. Any suggestions? We’ve done a lot of travelling however rather than trying to detail it here I’ll dig up some coherent stuff I’ve written with a view of starting a website or blog or something to enable us to earn enough to keep on travelling…forever!!!! By the way we currently live in Napier…our 31st move in 57 years of marriage.

        • We’d love to travel, but that’s something that will have to wait until the kids have finished school and when (or more likely, if) we retire.  So, on the website idea, here’s the reality: we don’t earn a penny from the website.  We both have jobs, so the website ‘work’ has to fit into early mornings and late at night, after the family have gone to bed.  It’s a bit of a passion; knowing that we help a lot of families get outside is great. We got a lot of emails and messages thanking us, which is why we do it.
          The website itself earns a little bit of money, but that’s to keep the lights on. Starting a basic website can be done on peanuts, but as traffic increases and social media increases, so do the costs.
          If we could earn a living from the website, there’s so much more we’d be able to do that could really help families. However, I don’t think that’s ever going to happen.  Your situation might be different of course, if you don’t have a family to support and a mortgage. However, it’s a lot of hard work and can take years to get to that level.

  2. I just want to say how grateful I am for this site. We are a relatively experienced camping family – but you have such great ideas and recommendations, I know finding this site will improve our camping experiences. Thank you for taking the time to create, develop and maintain this site.

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