Last week I wrote about how we joined the National Trust for Scotland and those passes came in handy once again this week when we went to another local site - Barry Mill, Carnoustie. Granted we did not need the passes as the mill is not open for another couple of weeks but just the fact that we noticed it was a member of the NTS made us curious about the place and so we went for a walk whilst it was quiet.
On this walk we decided not to take a carrier for M to encourage her to walk a little bit more and with the walk round the grounds coming in at a mile we thought we would probably end up having to beg her to complete the walk, or carry her on her shoulders. We were so wrong. She walked the whole way, exploring her surroundings and having so much fun.
I think it helped that this walk involved a lot of water, which grabbed her attention as she is a huge water lover. She loved listening to it and watching it as it flowed around her, making its way to the mill.
Looking down at the water below
I think when we have gone on walks before we have timed it badly, during afternoon when she is tired, or just before lunch when she is hungry so her mood as never really been in it. This time we gave lunch on the way and once there she just ran off to explore.
She had so much fun walking over different types of bridges, especially the bouncy wooden bridge which she had to cross umpteen times. It is great to see her realise that she can explore her surroundings and that walking is fun.
The walk was short but took in some amazing sights, which we can't wait to see changing throughout the seasons.
Although the mill was closed I think just the walk in the countryside was well worth a visit and we will be back soon. There are picnic benches available so we will maybe take our lunch next time (and the dogs who stayed at home as one has a poorly paw).
The path was muddy in places and there was no real easy way to take a pram so I am glad that we love to carry F as I would hate to think we could not visit until he is able to walk. It amazes me how much people miss out on when they decide that baby wearing just isn't for them! Yes I love taking the pram places but carrying was so much easier here.
We don't have long to wait until the mill opens for the season - April 1 - so I can't wait to go back and go on the our of the mill. Something I doubt I would have said a few years ago, pre-children.
The great thing about going at this time of the year, before it is open, was that we barely saw a soul the whole time we where there. Two lots of dog walkers and that was it. We felt like we had the while place to ourselves. Perfect.
Training Mummy is a 30 something mum to two beautiful children - a girl born February 2014 and a boy born in October 2015.