We started the day early after preparing a picnic and snacks for our intrepid explorer. She has accessorized herself beautifully with pink scarf, fifi baseball cap, pink wellies and gloves.
We parked up as planned at Fairholmes arriving at about 1020 the car parks were pretty congested already. The bus goes from just across the road on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays every 30 minutes approximately. Keisha was very excited about getting the bus and watched excitedly as we went past the dams (fairy castles), we departed the bus at journeys end, Kings
Tree, an oak was planted here by George VI and there is an engraved stone by the tree commerating this.
The sun was sparkling across the reservoir and I had forgotten just how spectacular the scenery was at this end of the reservoir. We proceeded through the gate and followed the cycle track along, a wide path suitable for a robust pushchair but we chose to take Louis in his backpack. The path quickly left Howden Reservoir edge and went gently uphill between the tall trees, we followed this path along dodging mountain bikers and chasing our shadows. We soon came upon slippery stones with a lovely stone bridge going over the slippery stones and the stream.
We picniced on a log with a very friendly sheep trying to join in. Keisha enjoyed playing down by the stream and going on the stones. Louis stayed awake the whole time and just enjoyed the whole experience and giggled his way along.
After this pleasant interlude we wandered back along the path, jumping off tree trunks and balancing on logs, looking at beetles. With the promise of icecream,
Keisha sped on to catch the bus. A great day.
On returning to Fairholmes we looked at the bike hire shop, all types of bikes can be hired, singles, tandems, bikes with trailers and seats for children and so we will return soon.