I’ve not been swimming properly for years, with the whole hip debacle and two kids it’s been messing about in the water rather than swimming lengths. But with a new determination I made it into the pool and managed nearly forty minutes doing lengths. I had jelly legs coming out and my arms certainly felt it the next day but I feel pretty pleased with myself I actually did it. There’s nothing stopping me now!
The weather forecast was pretty rubbish for the weekend after what had been our first really hot week of the start of Summer (!), so we decided not to venture too far from home and just have a short walk.
I spent most of my late teens and early twenties frequenting the market town of Otley as I grew up just a few miles away, but had never for some reason ventured up onto the Chevin for a walk. The whole area has so many beautiful places to walk you can be spoilt for choice. We headed for Otley Chevin Forest Park, parking in one of the three free carparks. We had no route in mind and were happy just to pick a path and see where it took us.
What I loved about this walk was the variety of different things we came across and the different environments. At times we felt deep in the woodland and played games trying to scare each other by hiding and jumping out, ever so often there were wooden carvings and the kids loved looking at these, we also found ourselves on the top of crags and rocks with spectacular views across the Wharfe Valley. There’s also a pond area and we spent some time here with the kids trying to spot Tadpoles and pond skaters.
I’ll definitely be taking the kids back here to explore again, there were so many paths that we hadn’t gone down that I’m sure we could have another walk and not be bored.
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