I have always tried to encourage young people and families to get out on the hills and wild places. I was lucky as I was introduced at an early age by my parents . We had great holidays and adventures to Arran and climbing the hills and enjoying the coast and the rivers. We had little kit but these were the days that meant so much to me. Mum and Dad gave us great rewards on the hill Dad would always have a huge bar of Cadbury’s chocolate and sweets. Whenever possible we would have Chips on the way home a huge treat. These are special memories.
Yet at times I feel that some folk though are pushing their kids on the hills. Make sure it’s fun for them it’s not an ego trip for you. You want them to have the love of the wild places for life ! Not put them off. You do that by taking it easy and not setting the day based on your ambitions? Make the day fun stop and enjoy it with them. Watch the weather and make it an adventure. My father would tell me the tales of the hills and help me appreciate nature.
Top tip – From Pete Greening “And try and pick sweets/treats that have little, or no, wrapping. Maybe make a “bag of joy” – a ziplock freezer bag full of sweets/nuts/dried fruit/chocolate. This reduces the chance of leaving litter on the hill.”