Back in May, I spoke at a conference in Manchester and at the same conference, an amazing speaker spoke about creating a community based on their blog. Although that was interesting, for me it was actually her group that captured my attention. The community was to encourage women to get out and adventure and explore no matter the ability or their age. I joined immediately and last weekend I attended my first event organised in this fantastic community. One of the Wild Walks for women. So mum's out there grab your adventure spirit and read on to discover more about the Love Her Wild community and their free Wild Walks for women.
The Love Her Wild Community
A community of women set to encourage, inspire and promote them to go adventure and explore.
It was something that I was happy doing as a teen and as a young adult but truthfully since meeting my husband and having children, it's something I've been doing less and less of.
Yes, we adventure as a family but I also know how important it is for me to have time for myself, especially as a work at home mum as I'm always on the job either working or parenting.
Getting out and about, joining in activities that will stretch me and that I enjoyed previously screamed for me to join.
So I did! I am not ashamed to admit that I lurked in the community and then a post came up about the National Wild Walks on Sunday 18th August and there was one local to me!
I roped in a friend and we signed up and along we went.
Wild Walk With the Love Her Wild Community
The Wild Walks are set up in a way that they are accessible to most.
Whether you have all the gear or none you sign up and join and then meet at the arranged spot at the time given and head off.
From my experience, it was a few mother/daughters, friends and then some brave women coming along on their own. By the end of our hike through the forest, we were chatting away and all enjoying ourselves.
In our group, there were people from 20 years old to a grandmother of 3 that wasn't willing to disclose her age plus a puppy.
People came in proper walking gear to trainers, with and without backpacks and with all levels of ability.
We walked as a group and admired the scenery chatted about life, what we did, had we done any of these types of things before, dealt with nettle stings and bramble scratches as well as had a fantastic 10-mile hike through one of our local forests.
Love Her Wild Suffolk and Norfolk Wild Walk 2019
So where did we go and what was our little group walk like!
So in our group, there was 12 women and a puppy.
We headed to Rendlesham forest in Suffolk but people came from Norfolk and Suffolk, some really local and others a little further away.
Our walk was just over 4 miles in one direction and then return to the car park. We came back a different walk (shhh but I think we may have gotten lost a little!) and ended up at just around 10 miles.
When we headed out it was glorious sunshine, just before the midday point the predicted shower happened and we ate our picnics in the rain/sun combo and then headed back.
The walk-in our neck of the woods was flat and really easy walking. I think we kept a fair pace (not too quick and not too slow) and started just before 10:30 am returning to our car at around 3:00 pm after doing the 10 miles.
I enjoyed it so much and will be asking others to join me for other micro-adventures of the mum kind in the future in our area and further afield.
It's also spurred me on for writing more about the recent trips I've taken on my own away from the kids and reminded me that I am allowed to do stuff for me that I enjoy.
If this is you and you are feeling guilty about wanting to do it or feel guilty that you should then I recommend you listen to the amazing Kidventures podcast all about travel guilt for mums.
Next thing I really want to go wild swimming and get my Day Skipper for sailing! Watch this space as hopefully, this will be my "learning" for the next academic year alongside the kids.