Just after Athena was born Matt and I decided to try and complete the Stonehenge and Avebury Walking Challenge which involves walking 50km over eight different walks (four around each site) by the end of the year. I think perhaps we were feeling a little too optimistic about how often we’d be up for a long walk but we are still on track (just) to complete it by the end of the year. Last Sunday we decided to tackle the longest of the Avebury walks as we found ourselves with a free weekend and a sunny forecast.
The weather may have been sunny (to begin with at least) but it was oh so cold. As is usually the case with me, the first really cold day of the year catches me out and I’m never prepared for it so to say we had a chilly walk would be an understatement! Luckily the girls were wrapped up warm so it was just us adults that felt the chill but Lyra certainly felt the difference on her chest after she’d been tucked up against Matt in the Tula and so ended up in my scarf a couple of times! A combination of the weather and the fact we met up with a close friend resulted in me not taking many photos at all on the walk but I love the few that I did take.
Lyra, as usual, was a little trooper and walked a lot of the way herself even after falling over near the beginning and cutting her hand. Matt carried her part way through as she decided to have a nap, something I’m pretty jealous of to be honest and then as we had to walk up quite a large hill she decided it was my turn to carry her. Great!
Although this walk overlapped with some areas we’d seen in previous ones the great thing about this challenge is that it shows you something new each time. This time we walked all the way up to West Kennet Long Barrow which was really interesting to see as I haven’t been there for about 15 years. Lyra loved running around on the top of it and admiring the view as of course she was happy to get out of the carrier once we were at the top.
Even though I didn’t take many photos, Matt filmed our adventure. You can see a lot more of the walk, and especially the long barrow in it.
You can see more videos of our weekend adventures over on our YouTube channel. We’d love you to subscribe whilst you’re over there! You can also check out our previous walks from the challenge here on the blog.