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St Cuthbert's Way

St Cuthbert’s Way Journal {Beginnings}

[pe2-image src=”http://lh3.ggpht.com/-boelZOav9kM/U3NmU-dAg_I/AAAAAAAAO44/rMvs50myPPQ/s144-c-o/IMG_6616.JPG” href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/100212479652479288017/201405SCWHighlights?authkey=Gv1sRgCMC6m6n1s8XHHg#6013262438017827826″ caption=”Melrose Abbey” type=”image” alt=”IMG_6616.JPG” ] “This country would be really beautiful if it was warm and sunny.” We had just gotten off the bus in Melrose and were standing in front of Melrose Abbey in the rain. Melrose Abbey is the starting place of St Cuthbert’s Way, a 63 mile walk across …

Carrantohill Peak, Ireland's Highest Mountain, County Kerry, Killarney

Climbing Carrantohill Peak {Ireland} (18/48)

Climbing Ireland’s Highest Mountain: Carrantohill Peak We went on a couple of walks every day while we were in Ireland, but this one took the cake for sure. Taido got us primed for our big hike by having us watch The Secret Life of Walter Mitty the night before, so we all woke up feeling …

Bray Head Loop, Valentia Island, County Kerry, Ireland

Bray Head Loop Walk {Ireland} (17/48)

Driving the Ring of Kerry was a must-do on our Ireland itinerary, but it is over 100 miles long and even with several stops along the way, we found ourselves much in need of a longer leg stretch after lunch. So we were thrilled to find the Bray Head Loop Walk on Valentia Island. On …

Muckross Lake Walk Ireland County Kerry Killarney

Muckross House Walk {Ireland} (16/48)

We started our second day in Ireland at a fun area near Killarney that surrounds an old fancy estate house. Muckross House sits on a lake by the same name and there is a path that runs all the way around the lake. All the paths are paved for biking or for riding in jaunty …

Tomies Mountain Walk, County Kerry, Killarney, Ireland, Walks, #48walks

Killarney National Park Walk {Ireland} (15/48)

A Walk in Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland Our first day in Ireland was perfectly saturated with sunshine. Within a few minutes on the trail we were shedding layers. Parts of the landscape were strangely dry and full of prickly yellow plants. Were it not for the moss covered forest floors, I might have …

Whitby Beach Walk England, Walking with Children, #48walks

Whitby Beach Walk {England} (14/48)

[pe2-image src=”http://lh3.ggpht.com/-mt12xOuzhL0/U1USHW18QcI/AAAAAAAALZI/wPl-kdTQZ64/s144-c-o/DSCF0973-PANO.jpg” href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/100212479652479288017/BeachWalkInWhitbyEngland#6004725595768635842″ caption=”” type=”image” alt=”DSCF0973-PANO.jpg” ] I mentioned last week that we ended a day of exploring North Yorkshire by playing in the North Sea in Whitby. [pe2-image src=”http://lh5.ggpht.com/-TMOt3vgfLuI/U1USHRH-f0I/AAAAAAAALZg/jL1JV6XLH18/s144-c-o/DSCF0955.JPG” href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/100212479652479288017/BeachWalkInWhitbyEngland#6004725594233667394″ caption=”” type=”image” alt=”DSCF0955.JPG” ] The kids love to play in the sand no matter what the temperatures are, so I wandered around taking pictures …

Roseberry Topping Walk, Walking with Children, North Yorkshire, North York Moors

Roseberry Topping Walk (13/48)

Climbing Roseberry Topping in North Yorkshire, England for #13 of #48walks I noticed a subtle difference between walking in North Yorkshire and walking in Aberdeenshire. The air was just a few degrees warmer and the fields a slightly brighter shade of green. The kids and I found this walk that was just a few miles …

Balmedie Beach Walk (12/48)

Often there is such a long string of gray days in Aberdeen that I actually forget that the sky and sea can be this lovely. When the cold mist clears, it’s as though someone has taken a paintbrush to the city or like a black and white film has turned to color. Just north of …

Aberdeenshire Walk, Shire, Noth o' Tap, #48walks

Aberdeenshire Walk (10/48)

I promise to make up for all my winter whining about the weather by being ridiculously happy about all the days full of skies this blue. Yesterday at church, Simon’s sweet teacher told us we needed to enjoy days like these because they are so few and far between, so we spent every possible minute …

#48walks, Collieston, Scotland, North Sea

Scottish Coastal Walk (9/48)

We walked the Eastern Scottish Coast on Saturday afternoon and it was crazy windy. The walk took us along a cliff above the sea and I was a weensy bit worried one of us was going to blow away. The wind was blowing all this sea foam into piles on the shore and after we …

In The Pipeline, #48walks

In The Pipeline + #48walks

Hello Friday! I cannot tell you how glad I am going to be to see February (and winter) in my rear view mirror. I know I still have lots of gray weather in the days ahead but the evenings are stretching out longer. It just feels better. Like moving forward. Into the light. For February …

Tyrebagger Walk, #48walks, Scotland, Forest

Walking Tyrebagger Forest 4/48

It is amazing how wonderful it is to see the sunshine after it has been clouded over for days and days! [pe2-image src=”http://lh3.ggpht.com/-0RtJ20FPC94/UvZwsaRnEWI/AAAAAAAAHyo/HFImFxcf-b0/s144-c-o/DSCF0594.JPG” href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/100212479652479288017/20140208TyrebaggerWalk?authkey=Gv1sRgCPnn9rfKvu6BWw#5978089463650652514″ caption=”” type=”image” alt=”DSCF0594.JPG” ] We drug the boys out on Saturday morning because the rain came back later in the day. It was cold and muddy but it was so wonderful …

Bucksburn, Scotland, #48walks, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

Walking Alone in Aberdeen 3/48

Here’s my last January walk! After six straight days of rain in Aberdeen, I decided to get out by myself in the area last Thursday. I have been trying to go for longer walks when I’m alone because I’m hoping to go on a really long walk in the not too distant future. Plus I …

Bennachie in January, #48walks, Scotland, Highlands

Bennachie in January (2/48)

Happy Monday, friends! We only managed to get 2 of 4 kiddos out for walk 2 of 48. We headed to an already familiar (and favorite) nearby set of hiking trails, Bennachie. It certainly looks different in winter, but still beautiful! I do love seeing all the other walks shared in the Facebook group and …

Seven Bridges Walk in Ballater, Scotland, #48walks, country walks

Seven Bridges Walk (1/48)

Happy Monday, friends! I am high as a kite today about the response to the new project, #48walks. Lots of wonderful walks were shared over the weekend in the Facebook group and on Instagram! You can still jump in and walk with us this year in any way you like! Joining and sharing and tagging …

Storytelling, Storyliving, Walking, #48walks, 2014, A Year of Walking

Walk with Me?

Friends, it’s no secret around here that I love to lace up my boots and go for a walk. I love to get outside. I do not like the word exercise. But I love to see the world on my own two feet. For most of my life, even though I love to go for …