Younger brother pulling big sister in the luggage trailer

Cycling holiday in the Netherlands: 4) Texel to Vlieland

This is the fourth post telling the story of our cycling holiday from Zeebrugge to Vlieland along the north sea cycle route (LF1). In part one, we cycled from Zeebrugge to Renesse and in part two we pedalled from Renesse to Delft. Part three saw us riding from Delft to Texel. Here, we island hop …

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Long distance train travel: Sheffield to Girona by train

As access to other countries began to open up in September 2021 and Covid travel restrictions eased, we started to dream about long distance train travel. We wanted to spend long overdue time with friends in Catalonia, northern Spain, so we decided to plan a family holiday by train to Spain. Having briefly considered and …

A pause on the dune path

Cycling holiday in the Netherlands: 3) Delft to Texel

This is the 3rd of our 4 chapter story detailing our long ride from Zeebrugge to Vlieland along the North Sea Cycle Route (LF1). In part one, we cycled from Zeebrugge to Renesse and in part two we pedalled from Renesse to Delft. Here, we continue our cycling holiday in the Netherlands and leave beautiful …

Netherlands cycling holiday: 2) Renesse to Delft

After our wet ride to Renesse, it was a relief to set off in sunshine on the next step of our Netherlands cycling holiday towards Delft. This is the second post detailing our long family bike ride from Zeebrugge to Vlieland along the north sea cycle route. In part one, we cycled from Zeebrugge to …

Netherlands cycling holiday: 1) Zeebrugge to Renesse

The Netherlands, with its traffic-free cycle ways, well signed networks and flatter terrain, must be near the top of any cycling family’s holiday destination list. We were no exception and so we headed off for a Netherlands family cycling holiday with a four and six year old. Our final destination was the almost car free …

Waiting for the ferry at Largs

Isle of Cumbrae with kids on bikes

Cycling round an entire island within a day certainly feels like a worthwhile activity for both children and adults. How achievable this is, depends on the island in question! A day out on the Isle of Cumbrae —oft called ‘The Cycling Island’ offers a satisfying ten mile ride around the circumference of the island with …

Trans Pennine Trail with our kids: Penistone to Hull

After the success of our trip along the portion of the Trans Pennine Trail from Liverpool to Sheffield, we were keen to continue our adventure and cycle from Penistone to Hull. Having cycled the spur from Penistone back home to Sheffield on our last trip, we took the train to Penistone to begin where we …

Eight ways to enjoy UK family train travel

Train travel can sometimes feel daunting, especially with a family. It’s often easier just to pile in the car. However, there are many benefits, beside the obvious environmental pluses, to family train travel. Here are some tips to make your trip run more smoothly. 1) Book in advance For some journeys, especially long-distance ones, you …

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Kit Review: Nigor lightweight table and chairs

Lightweight camping offers freedom. We enjoy having a minimal amount of stuff. When alongside car and van campers, we don’t usually look at other people’s set-ups and their comfortable kit longingly—except perhaps when it comes to a table and chairs. After years of spreading a groundsheet on the floor for all our camping meals, we …