On Saturday we took a trip to Bingley to take part in the #WalkWithWynsors outdoor event despite it being a damp miserable day. We were kindly sent some new wellies by Wynsors who have a great range of outdoor clothing for children so there’s no excuse not to get outside for a walk with the family whatever the weather. Unfortunately Jack doesn’t fit in wellies at the moment as his legs are a little on the chunky side so he has to manage with shoes and I try and keep him out of any really deep puddles.
I decided to take the train over as Jack is currently obsessed with trains and although he’s been on one before he was to young to remember. He was pretty excited and shouted “choo choo train” for most of the 15 minute journey.
When we arrived we were met by some other family bloggers and Cedric from Bingley Walkers are Welcome who was our guide for the walk. We were also joined by the Canal & River Trust who gave each of the children a goodie bag full of activities along with a pouch of Quack Snacks for the ducks.
We found quite a lot of hungry looking ducks to feed along the canal so we retrieved the Quack Snacks from the bags and fed the ducks the oats. You can read more here about the Canal & River Trusts Keeping Our Ducks Healthy Campaign. I must admit I knew we shouldn’t be feeding the ducks bread but was never sure why.
So next time we will be refilling our bags when we feed the ducks on our walks.
The walk followed the path alongside the canal to the Five Rise Locks which were build more than 200 ears ago. The path was muddy so we were thankful for our wellies and despite the grey sky there was still some beautiful autumn colours to be seen as well as snow on the hilltops in the distance.
The locks are the steepest staircase of locks on the longest canal in the country, the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. We weren’t lucky enough to see any canal boats but Cedric did tell us it can take them 45 minutes to go up the locks and 30 minutes to come back down.
After the locks we headed off the tow path and down a muddy track to see what wildlife we could spot.
It was at this point the rain decided it wouldn’t hold off any longer and decided to drench us so we started to walk back into Bingley for lunch. Jack was fast asleep by this point and Georgia was lucky enough to see a huge heron in the field.
For more information about the route we took you can visit Bingley Five Rise Locks Family Walk on the Bingley Walkers are Welcome group. We also have part of the same canal near us in Leeds where we like to Gruffalo hunting!
Although we had a lovely walk it was nice to dry off and warm at the Potting Shed where the children enjoyed completing their activities in the pack from Canal & River Trust. I had two very tired but happy children on the train ride back to Leeds afterwards but Georgia still found the energy to complete her Wildlife Explorers pack when we got home.