I sometimes see other bloggers doing monthly round ups, and I think they’re such a good idea. However, by the time I get round to it, the next month has raced on and the moment has gone. This time, I’m prepared! So much happened last month that I thought it was worthy of a quick recap.

June has been a month of personal achievement, lovely family outings, travel and sunshine! It’s also the month that I celebrated 3 years of blogging, even though The Helpful Hiker has been through a few different versions since then!

50 Mile Charity Walk 

On the 10/11th June I completed a 5o mile walk in aid of the Lullaby Trust. Walking 30 miles on day 1 and 20 on day 2, it was the furthest I have ever walked in my life! It was tough, but I completed my challenge with the help of some good friends and I really enjoyed exploring more of Northamptonshire.

Looking fresh faced by the sign at the start of the walk, ably assisted by my support team

Having a few helpers along the way made a real difference

I don’t have any plans to walk quite that far again, but I was very impressed with what I now know I’m capable of. It’s given me a boost, and I’m very open to the idea of doing another challenge one day.

Castle Ashby

Our little trip to Castle Ashby  started with a spontaneous idea and a spare couple of hours and turned into a lovely family outing.

A few hours in the sun was a lovely way to unwind during a busy week

I’d encourage anyone who find themselves with a spare hour or two, to get outside and explore. Go somewhere local that you’ve never been before and you might find a little gem.

I’ve never been to Go Ape before and I’m not really that fond of heights or extreme adventures, but I was still keen to try something new. It turned out to be a fantastic fun-filled two hours on a sunny saturday.


Read the full original post here authored by Lauren Moseley. You can visit her blog here.

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