#MyFamilyAdventures July

As a family it's no secret that we love a good walk in the countryside. A time to switch off, be mindful of the world we live in and immerse ourselves in nature. Our geocaching adventures allow us to do just that as well as adding a level of challenge to the mix too as we try to find them.

On a lovely day in July that is exactly what we did. We switched off the television, switched off the laptop and any other devices we may have and headed north of the county to Banbury. Like a lot of places you have to pay to park in the centre but our mission for the day saw us walk the outskirts of the town and parking outside didn't cost a penny.



The series we'd challenged ourselves to walk was 10 miles. However, we knew with the children accompanying us and the fact that we'd set off late in the morning this would be near on impossible to achieve. So we plumped for half the series and walked back through town taking in a few church micros on the way back to the car once we'd reached our designated half way geocache.

Our walk started near some caves that looked so picturesque but had a sad tale to tell as they'd collapsed in the past burying a group of scouts alive! We then headed across a main road into a wooded area. Throughout the walk there were signs of civilisation from people passing by to newly built houses and if you were to pass one section everyday I'm sure you'd learn how a house was assembled.


Heading into the field beyond the houses being built I signaled to my hubby that the area beyond would make for wonderful photos. My hubby took my signaling as a sign for cows and nearly freaked out. I must work on my signaling in time for the next time we play charades hey?


Baby had her immunisations the day before we took on this series so I think she was more than happy to be in my arms being carried around the series. She was so content in fact that she fell asleep during the walk only rousing when she needed a change or something to eat or drink.


Eldest on the other hand was very content to roam free and be helpful by opening and closing the gate under our supervision. She's at the age where she loves to run everywhere and I'm happy for hubby to run after her while I tend to baby.


Another geocache led us to discover a plaque naming rambler Dick Smith who fought hard to give us access to our beloved countryside. I love geocaches that lead us to places of interest that enable us to learn more about the world in which we live.


Heading down the towpath where access to the water is all too easy. Another reminder that the girls need to learn how to swim. A passing rain cloud caused us to take cover under some trees. While we rested and took stock of how we all may be feeling we had a bite to eat and took on water before setting off again. We were certainly thankful that we'd deviated from the series earlier a little to take on food and drink supplies as we hadn't planned on walking as far as we did at first.


We may not have traveled far this month but we certainly enjoyed our family adventure. Where have your feet taken you this month?


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  1. It sounds like you had fun and I had to laugh at your signalling mix-up. Every time I see a post about geocaching it looks such fun and I think I must try it out. Mich x #Countrykids

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    1. Geocaching certainly is a fantastic way of getting people out and about and exploring.

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  2. looks amazing, i love walking around where we live to spend time with the family away from everything that goes on in a city #TriumphantTales

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  3. Sounds fab! I've wanted to try geocaching with mine for ages now, but I'm not really sure where to start. Any tips? #DreamTeam

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  4. Oh goodness how sad about the scout group! That's just awful. I love the sound of geocaching, have just downloaded the app so hope to go on some adventures too soon :) Thanks for adding your post to #ThePlacesWeWillGoLinky :)

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    1. Yes it's awful that it happened to them. Do enjoy your adventures and let me know how you get on. x

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  5. Looks like such an interesting place for a walk and I love the bridges over the canal. The story about the scouts is such a sad one though. #countrykids

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    1. Yes it is a lovely area but I agree it was an awful thing to happen.

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  6. I love how this post shows you really don't need to go far or do anything too extreme to have lots of family fun and to make special memories. Geocaching sounds so up our street with play and learning combined plus time in the fresh air of course.

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    1. That's very true you certainly don't need to go very far to get away from the 9-5. It's something we love as a family for sure that helps make our kids happy and healthy.

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  7. What a lovely place to disconnect from electronics, but connect with family & nature - two great joys in life. This looks like a beautiful place to wander and explore.

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    1. It certainly was a lovely area to wander around and we are looking forward to finishing the walk. Just waiting for a day that promises all day sun.

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  8. Oh that is so sad about the the scout group. I love the sound of the app. We have done geocaching a few times and it's a lot of fun. xx #ThePlacesWeWillGoLinky

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    1. I agree. We don't use any apps in this family. Geocaching is definitely fun. xx

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  9. So so sad about the scout trip- how horrific :( lovely photos and I love the sound of geocaching! Popping by from #countrykids

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    1. It certainly was. Thank you for complimenting us regards our photos.

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  10. I love how you stop to learn about your surroundings with your geocaching. There is so much to discover in our countryside. That said the scouts being buried alive is somewhat alarming, I like the tale of Dick Smith more! Lovely photos from your walk, and no cows! 5 miles sounds like quite a distance to me with two little ones in the party.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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    1. I can truly understand that one. We do love to challenge ourselves and yes it did feel a lot.

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  11. I really want to try geocaching, it looks like a great way to get outdoors. How do we get started?! #ThePlacesWeWillGoLinky

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    1. Do check out their website and see whats in your local area. x

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  12. Looks like a lovely way to explore the world together as a family and make memories #triumphanttales

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    1. We certainly feel like it does just that yes.

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  13. That's a long way with little legs. I love the plaque for the Rambler. Thank you for linking up to #CulturedKids

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    1. Yes we did carry them for a while during it.

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  14. Love this - it's simple pleasures at their finest. #CulturedKids

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    1. Yes there's not a lot to it but we do enjoy it

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  15. What a gorgeous walk! I've not tried geocaching but sounds like a great way to add interest to a walk. Will test the water with the teen, anything to get her walking more!

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  16. Forgot hashtag, sorry! #culturedkids

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  17. There's nothing wrong with staying close to home. I love reading your adventures from the month. We really should go on a geocaching adventure again. I love the stories, despite one being sad its lovely to share the history. Thanks so much for joining in with #MyFamilyAdventures x

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  18. This looks like a fab day out - not far from us either. Nothing like a good bit of fresh air! Thanks so much for linking up to #TriumphantTales - hope to see you again on Tuesday!

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  19. How fab to be out in the open and enjoying the views! What's your favourite place for geocaching? My little one loves the unusual treasure that comes up every now and again. #DreamTeam x

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  20. There is so much beauty to be found in the UK isn't there? We had a spontaneous little visit to Rye yesterday which made for a lovely change from London life X #MG

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  21. We love the idea of Geocaching and really ought to start learning a bit more about it. Looks like you had a great day out in the fresh air. #ThePlacesWeWillGoLinky

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  22. Those pictures are gorgeous and it looks like you had so much fun! Sorry to hear about those scouts though. Stories like that just break my heart. Glad you had a great time though unplugging from the media stuff and just enjoy the natural world:) #mg

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  23. We love geocaching in our household. Unfortunately our 2 year old is in that in-between stage where she hasn't got the patience for us to look for caches and is currently on sling strike unless very tired, so geocaching is currently a child-free day activity. #daysoutwithatoddler

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  24. Love the pictures of your little girl opening the gates. Rowan was (and still is) very much like that.

    Baby looks very comfy too.

    I must have a look into this geocaching

    #adventurecalling

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  25. whenever I read your posts and see your photos I feel so peaceful, you just have this beautiful calm way about you. Thank you so much for linking up with #mg

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  26. It is so important to switch off the devices and go out and walk in nature. We do it often, and I am glad that we do!!! Your day out sounds great! #familytraveltips

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  27. I love your photos, it looks like a great place to explore. Banbury isn't too far from us, we should really head that way more often. Sounds like a great family adventure and an excellent way to get outdoors and spend some time together. Thank you so much for linking up with us once again #AdventureCalling

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  28. Looks brilliant and your little one did well to walk so far. #adventurecalling

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  29. What a great family geocaching adventure this was. I know what you mean about post-immunisation blues and cuddles. Our youngest hasn't long had hers and she was exactly the same. Thanks for joining us on #adventurecalling I hope you can again this week.

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  30. I did laugh about he cows!!What a fright! I've yet to go geocaching but it does look so much fun! #familytraveltips

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