Harlestone Easy 3 Mile Walk

Harlestone Easy 3 Mile Walk

At the beginning of 2016 I signed up for the #Walk2016 challenge with Viewranger (a great GPS and tracking app I use to record my walks) but had so far failed to get started! I have pledged to walk 250 miles this year. I would like to do more, but with work and a small child, I’m realistic about how much I can do. The walks only count when they are recorded using the app and this is where my problems usually start! I have been out for a couple of walks, however I often forget to start the app, so I get half way and then realise I’m not recording! I also recently dropped my phone down the toilet and it’s not quite been the same since-I guess I should be grateful it works at all.

Anyway, this time I was determined to record a walk and get off the mark. We nipped out for a leisurely 3.2  mile stroll around one of our favourite local woods, Harlestone Heath.

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We were last here in the Autumn, when the trees looked stunning with their golden leaves. It wasn’t quite so impressive this time around, however it was still a lovely walk.


The walk took us through the woods and out along a bridleway. We then walked under the railway, across a golf course and back through the woods.


This walk was mostly on solid paths and there was little mud

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The beautifully manicured greens of the golf course put our garden to shame!

I was expecting it to be muddy, however it was fine apart from a couple of bits under the railway. In fact, in the summer I reckon it would be manageable with a pretty robust all terrain pushchair.

We stuck with the carrier though and, as usual, Finn enjoyed himself immensely. I’m aware that as soon as he starts walking (any day now!) he might not appreciate being restrained. For the time being we’re making the most of it while we can get some miles done before he becomes a toddling terror!

So who’s joining me in the #Walk2016 challenge? How far do you think you could walk this year?
Monkey and Mouse



  • chloelifeunexpected chloelifeunexpected March 05, at 17:45

    You seriously inspire me to hike more with Evie. I love going out for hikes with her now and I never thought it was possible before I found your blog!!! I adore your pictures, they’re so beautiful. You live in such an incredible area. I hope you complete your 250 miles this year!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with both #curiouslittleexplorers and #whatevertheweather x

    • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker March 07, at 10:14

      Ah thanks I think that might be the nicest comment I’ve ever had on a post. After a seriously tough week it nearly made me cry! Well, there’s lots more adventures in the pipeline and I look forward to reading about what you and Evie get up to as well 🙂

  • Jenny Eaves Jenny Eaves March 07, at 07:29

    That sounds like a great challenge, 250 miles sounds realistic but challenging at the same time. Love your woodland photos, it looks beautiful, I find woods always have something new to discover in them. You might find that Finn doesn’t mind be carried if he’s used to it, even when he’s started walking. A dislikes stopping when bring carried, but ok when you’re walking. Good luck with your challenge and thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

    • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker March 07, at 10:16

      Thanks, I hope Finn doesn’t mind being carried for a while yet, I quite like being able to get out and cover a few miles! He is exactly the same, he doesn’t like stopping, great incentive to keep moving and great way to keep fit!

  • pattertravelers pattertravelers March 08, at 02:08

    What a great idea! I’m definitely going to need to name a walking pledge and download the app. As far as walking goes, at least in the beginning he’ll still get tired quickly and backbone the carrier they go!

    • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker March 08, at 12:29

      Yes I hope so, he’s been a very easy baby, not looking forward to the toddler years! Definitely make a pledge, it’s great motivation to get outside 🙂

  • pattertravelers pattertravelers June 26, at 05:39

    My six year old hiked 9 miles today which was more than I’d planned, but he kept going!

    • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker June 26, at 07:52

      Wow that’s great! I can’t wait until we can go a little further – think we’ve got a few years of little easy walks ahead!

      • pattertravelers pattertravelers June 26, at 11:18

        Yes, there’s that period where they’re too big for the carrier but still too little to go far. Still, it sounds as if you’re developing a love for the outdoors 🙂

        • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker June 26, at 16:41

          That’s exactly the stage we’re at! But yes trying to instill a love of the outdoors, so just waiting for it to pay off!


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