Last Sunday afternoon we went for a scooter (skate board/ mini BMX ride/walk) down the Docks, Milford Marina. From the car park (opposite the back of the Harbourmaster Pub), we walked along the cycle path, which I will call the lower Rath (I have no idea of the correct name sorry). Some of these photos are a little bit blurry- I think I need to buy a waterproof camera for every day use!
This route starts off with a hill, which is always fun to scooter down.
The path is tarmacked so is easily tackled on wheels. When we put our new shed up we will sort bicycles for all of us and hopefully cycle here together. It's also a popular walk for runners and dog walkers.
The older kids go off ahead, but know to keep in when they pass other walkers and where to stop and wait for us.
Isabelle is so much better at scootering and cycling now but at a slower pace than the older kids as she's smaller.
About two years ago, in the big storms there was a lot of damage and the path was blocked and closed for a while. They have now set up this stone wire retaining wall to prevent this happening in the future.
There were so many different ways to travel on the skateboard in addition to actually skateboarding.
I asked for a go on all the wheeled toys. Sadly no one was ever bored enough of the skateboard or mini BMX so I only got to scooter when the girls needed a short rest. We need more skateboards!
There are sea views all along the walk. On calmer days we explore the beach and walk the pier too (OK, Dave and the kids walk the pier while I take photos!).
About half way along, you reach a point where you can turn left to the Rath (this is a fun hill on wheels), turn right down to the beach or continue straight ahead.
Danny chose to play on the hill.
Then we continued straight ahead.
We only went on a bit further and then we turned back. Some days we go on further to Blackbridge and complete the walk in a round. On these cold days we're just happy to go out for a few hours of (very) fresh air and then home to get warm again. I'm looking forward to the carefree warm days when we can stay out late and it will still be light on our return home.
Danny let Izzy scooter ahead of him for a while so she felt like she was in the lead.
He let her "win" their race, then he was off again. At first she had a little moan to me, but I reminded her that it's nice to take our time so we get to see all the wonderful things like flowers, birds and bugs, so she was happy again then!
On the way back, Izzy stopped to play on the hill too, but she was too scared to let herself free scooter down it- she'll get there!
I got to scooter a while as Izzy wanted to walk, run and explore a little.
Dave came back to check we were ok and walked along with us until we caught the kids up again.
New homes had sprung up since our last walk.
Izzy was back on her scooter and with the help of a hitch from Daddy, we caught the other kids up.
We were then back to the car park and ready to go home, get cosy and organise everything ready for school (the joy of Sunday nights).
Do you have a favourite cycle/scooter path near you? We also find the walk to our local park and the cycle path in Neyland Marina great for scooters!