An annoying knee injury (now sorted out) kept me off the hills for much of August, but I’m an impatient patient and by the end of the month I was ready for a walk out. We had my grandson Lewis staying with us for almost a week, and a trip up one of our local hills looked like being an adventure for Lewis and a bit of exercise for me.
Moel Famau is the highest summit in the Clwydian Range at 554 metres altitude, and though these little hills can be surprisingly wild at times we generally regard them as good dog-walking territory. However, when you are not quite five years old, 554 metres can be a bit of an adventure!
The secret to walking with kids is not to hurry and to keep it fun, and Lewis was an absolute star. Chris had introduced the concept of the ‘emergency snack’, and a short pit-stop was a great distraction, especially for Border Collie ‘Mist’ who was on hand to catch any crumbs!
At the summit I produced my trusty Jet-Boil stove and while Lewis enjoyed his hot chocolate, Nain and Taid had coffee (I’m sure the non-welsh speakers out there will be able to work out who Nain and Taid are!)
And then it was time to head back. Of course, it’s far too simple walking down an easy path when you aren’t quite five, especially if there is deep heather to plough through. Even for the grandparents, the routine dog walk up Moel Famau became a little more magical.
Text and images © Paul Shorrock