Autumn/Winter is such a pretty time for walking. I love this season and we’re generally an outdoors loving kind of family. This year, however, we’ve struggled. We passed the usual “change of season” colds onto each other and they’ve been hard to shake off. We all felt quite down and were missing the outdoors we had to work on getting better and building our immune systems up again. So we’re back to eating nutritious salad, soups, taking our multi vitamins and getting outside every day.
Bassetts Multivitamins + Vitamin D & Calcium
Even while spending time outdoors it can be hard to find the sunshine and get that all important vitamin D fix (we’ve had so many dull foggy days in Pembrokeshire). Vitamin D and Calcium are important for children’s development. They each help to support healthy muscle function, healthy teeth and healthy bones – in fact, Vitamin D and Calcium are both necessary for normal bone growth and development in children. The Department of Health experts are now recommending that during autumn and winter everyone should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of Vitamin D to protect bone and muscle health.
We’re excited to be working with Bassetts Vitamins to help make the transition into winter a bit easier. They have recently launched Bassetts Vitamins Multivitamins + Vitamin D & Calcium for children aged 3 to 6 year old – delicious soft and chewy pastilles to help ensure little ones get their all-important daily Vitamin D during the autumn and winter months- and Izzy has been taking one a day – she loves the “smiling face” supplement.
Getting outdoors again was made easier for us as Dodge the dog came to stay for the weekend and we had lots of fun taking him for walks. The first evening we took him for a late night walk across the beach. It felt so good to finally blow away the cobwebs. It was too dark for good photos (or to naturally increase our vitamin D levels) but it was a lovely family evening and the kids were happy to be out exploring way after their bedtime (the joys of half term). The next day we took him for a longer walk down Lower Priory, Milford Haven. The fallen leaves made a stunning backdrop, take a look:
Lower Priory, Pembrokeshire
Bassetts Vitamins support and encourage those fun moments that families share in their daily lives. We love finding fun walks as a family such as Lower Priory. To access the Lower Priory walk (Sat Nav postcode: SA73 3LS) from Milford Haven side, you can park behind Tesco just before the start of the tarmacked walk. There are a number of free spaces just past Milford Haven Library.
As you can see Dodge and the kids were happy to be out for a walk- I love doggy smiles- so cute!
This walk is popular with walkers, joggers, dog walkers, teens and cyclists (beware the wet leaves can be slippy for cyclists so we saw one cyclist having to push his bike).
The walk runs alongside a stream so look out for swans and ducks.
There is also an old ruin along the walk. We love to explore here. Sadly there is often rubbish in this area. Izzy found a discarded biscuit box which she happily used to store the treasures she found on the walk (one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure…).
Caitlyn closed her eyes in this shot but Dodge was a pro doggy model!
There are benches along the walk. Sadly at this was an impromptu walk I hadn’t packed a flask or snacks as in the past. Homemade scones and a hot drink would have gone down a treat at this point!
All the way along the walk leaves fell upon us, sadly I couldn’t capture this on camera. Izzy had fun throwing clean dry leaves too.
As usual the kids “off roaded” climbing up and along the banks of the walk. I always remind them to only go up if they can also make their way back down.
Here, the girls are steadying themselves before running back down from one of the banks! Dodge ran down without a thought of course.
No walk is complete without a stick.
I could see a face in these upturned roots- is it just me or can you see it too?
Oh the simple joy- you can’t beat it! I love just crunching and kicking the leaves about!
“Look mum! It’s snowing leaves!“
We walked until we came to the road. From here we can actually continue and walk home but on this occasion we stopped and turned back as we’d arranged to meet Dave after work. The country road isn’t great for walking with kids and dogs either. A safer circular walk would be to continue onto Thornton (or Pill). A few years ago our walk was cut short as this path was completely flooded from the stream and we couldn’t have gone any further even if we wanted to. I haven’t seen it like that since.
So we turned and headed back.
I didn’t pack my zoom lens but we spotted heron and squirrels on the way back. We also saw the train pass us in both directions while on this walk. As the kids stopped and waved it reminded me of “The Railway Children”.
On our way back we found Dave and headed home with him. I love Autumn walks but I also love getting home into a warm, cosy house and cuddling up with family. I actually had a nap that afternoon as I was so comfortable cuddling up to Dodge and Izzy!
I’m determined that we will have #NoDullDays this winter in our family. Hopefully now we’re getting our veggie fix and multivitamins we can stay healthy for the rest of winter. Izzy is really taking enjoying her “smiley face” vitamin each day so asks for it. In the past I’ve bought her expensive vitamins and she hasn’t liked the taste so hasn’t taken them. Bassetts Multivitamins + Vitamin D and Calcium have a fruity peach and apricot natural flavour with no added sugar or colours. They do contain gelatine so are not suitable for vegans. They usually retail at £5.50 for a pack of 30.
Bassetts Vitamins have also created a fab code that you can use to get £2 off one pack of NEW Bassetts 3-6 Yrs Multivitamins Peach & Apricot + Calcium 30s at Boots.com! All you need to do is sign in as normal, apply the code BASSMVS2 at the checkout and embrace #NoDullDays! You can only use the code once per transaction, and the code can only be redeemed on the first 5,000 valid claims until 23:59 on 12th November.*
*Subject to Boots T&Cs.
How will you embrace #NoDullDays this Winter? Where is your favourite Autumn/Winter walk?