Tuesday, 13 August 2013

More Kiddiwalks! An August Giveaway!

We've mostly had a simple summer so far, doing things at home and with friends, for free.

Last week we ventured a little further (well, all of 5 miles or so further) to do another Kiddiwalk from the Kiddiwalks Wiltshire book. I've blogged about these fantastic Kiddiwalks books before. They follow a simple formula. The walks are all:

Simple - circular routes that aren't too hilly and some of which are suitable for buggies.

Short - all the walks are between 1.5 and 3 miles.

Stimulating - Plenty of variety and points of interest, places to play and open spaces.

Stops - Each walk features somewhere to stop for a refreshment - this could be somewhere for a picnic, a cafe or family-friendly pub.

Our kiddiwalk was to Brown's Folly in Bathford, (near Bath).

It's a site managed by the Avon Wildlife Trust.

There's a lot to see and my kids declared it the best walk we had done all summer.

Under the ground are lots of disused caves and mines where Bath stone used to be quarried. These days the caves are important bat roosts for many species of British bat including the rare Greater Horseshoe bat.

At night the bats can feed on the rich insect life supported by the grassland.

There are fine views towards Bath.

And Brown's Folly itself, (or the Pepperpot as it was known locally). You can't get into it but it's impressive none the less. It was built by Colonel Wade Brown in 1848, to provide employment during an agricultural recession.

There is plenty of woodland to play in and the kids enjoyed making use of ready made dens that they found....

Swinging on branches...

And the best bit of all was finding a rope swing! Even I was tempted to have a go and my tummy muscles ached for days afterwards...that must be a good thing surely?!

Brown's Folly. Brilliant for bats but brilliant for kids (of all ages!) too.

The Kiddiwalks books are all available from Countryside Books and the really good news is that they have kindly agreed to provide a Kiddiwalks book free to one of you lucky readers! 

All you need to do is to visit their website (click here or on the link above) and decide which Kiddiwalks county you would like your book to cover. (Countryside Books do lots of other books, not just walking guides, so the website is well worth a visit). There are too many Kiddiwalks books to list here, but they cover North, South, East and West. And London! You might like the book that covers your home county or one that you can use on holiday. The choice is yours! Once you have made up your mind then leave a comment by 7pm BST, Wednesday 21 August on this blog post or on the Everyday Life On A Shoestring Facebook page, specifying which book you would like, and I will draw a winner at random. 

Please note that I originally approached Countryside Books for a giveaway in May and they generously co-operated. This is the second giveaway they have provided. I write about the books anyway as I think they offer such good value and such good material! 

Many thanks to Jackie at Countryside Books!

Please make sure to come back after Aug 21st to see if you have won!

(Please also note that I am taking a break from being online until Wednesday 21 August, so will not be responding to comments on blog posts published this week and next.)


  1. I wish, I wish that these were available for my area. Oh well, I'll just have to walk along with you.

  2. I would love to win the Cumbria and lake district book. But if I don't There is a good chance I will buy it along with the Lancashire one.

  3. would love to find out more about the peak district, we have moved close by recently & need some ideas to take my boys out & about :)

  4. We love going for walks as a family and our car boot sale find of an off-road pushchair. It would be lovely to have the Peak District book for some new routes.

  5. I would love a copy of the Wiltshire book if randomly selected, as I love our area but still feel there is so much still yet to be uncovered and enjoyed despite having lived here a gazillion years! These walks sound the perfect length and style for small boys whose walking legs often give up and then Mummy has to piggyback the homeward stretch! :-) X

  6. Surrey book would make us very happy :)