Once N gets something that interests him he keeps going on about it. Last term they were learning about dinosaurs and fossils at school. So he’s been wanting to go fossil hunting. So it was lucky we were holidaying in the New Forest and could check out some of the fossil hunting beaches.
Fossil hunting at Barton on Sea
The only problem is that I know less about fossils than he does. I’ve never been fossil hunting, I’ve never seen one outside a museum. But on arrival int he New Forest we had time before checking into the hotel, so we drove over to Barton on Sea.
There’s a lot of work going on there due to cliff falls but there’s still some nice walking on the cliff and down on the rocks. N wanted to take his scooter (of course I was the one who ended up carrying it on the beach). He had a good dig around in the rocks trying to find fossils.
N’s version of fossil hunting is amusing,
‘this one’s a fossil, it’s got 2 colours’
‘this one is a sponge rock’. Eh? I’m thinking I probably need more research.
We didn’t find any but I think we needed a guide to take with us. N still ended up with 2 pocketful of stones and pebbles. I thought I’d stopped him but I discovered them when we were back at the hotel.
When we got back to the top of the cliffs, N wanted a proper scoot. So we walked and scooted some way along the paths. For a freezing cold February day, it was busy. So in summer it must be heaving there. The bonus of February was free on road parking because generally in the New Forest the parking is expensive.
Chasing New Forest ponies
While we were away, I was determined to get some photos of New Forest ponies. We saw plenty alongside the roads, but never places I could park near, or I’d just missed the turn offs to car parks. So the morning before going to Paultons Park we had some free time and headed for a quick morning walk on a National Trust owned common.
N wasn’t impressed and didn’t want to walk so it ended up being a short walk. It was a lovely slightly misty morning with the sun streaming through the trees, and it was just us out there and at one point there was a man and his dog.
We just parked for a bit. I enjoyed taking photos before it was time to head back to the car. Of course as soon as we were in the car and driving off, we saw the elusive ponies hiding away in the half of the common which is the other side of the road. Typical. N was refusing to stop and was on a mission to get to Paultons Park before the crowds, so I decided we’d try again another day.
We enjoyed the relaxed mooching time outdoors, but I’d love to know how others managed to persuade their children to go on walks without moaning
Do your children enjoy walks?
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