When you create a Caravan of Love amazing things happen. Dogs get shared, that communal spirit of togetherness arises, cold pints get drunk in idyllic country pubs, but best of all KIDS START WALKING ALL BY THEMSELVES.
Am totally serious. Not joking. When we recently did a 4mile walk in the Oxfordshire countryside with 20 or so children aged between 2.5 and 18 years to celebrate my rather round birthday, not one whinged: "I'm tired! Can you carry me!" Quite the opposite, they tore off into the landscape in clusters, some steaming ahead to explore new territory others sauntering behind, to observe butterflies in the field, to collect sticks in the forest or simply to adopt the pace of Jeff, the put-him-in-your-pocket cute teacup chihuahua that joined us for the day.
In fact the whinging was so inexistent and the walk such a success, we've decided to make it a quarterly event and called it the Solstice Stomp. I can't wait to check it all out in the autumn, winter and spring.
So when you next fancy a long walk, make sure you have other kids with you. That way you'll actually spend your time walking, rather than trying to convince your kids that walking is, "like totally epic".
What you need:
- A beautiful location
- Other children
Top tip: Make sure a few friends with dogs come along too. Trust me your kids will be running, not walking, to try and keep up with the dogs.
Top quote: "I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful - an endless prospect of magic and wonder." Ansel Adams.