Mum & Daughter time – Going for a hike!

The weather recently has been awesome, and the weekend just passed there I decided that my eldest girl and I would go for a walk up to the summit of our local Cave Hill if the weather played ball. Thankfully it did so we packed a picnic and off we went.

Ellie has always wanted to walk up to the infamous ‘Napoleons Nose’ summit and I finally got round to taking her. It has been a good 7+yrs since I’ve been up there myself which would explain why we ended up walking up the way I remember going down, and we went down the way I recall going up! Ha! Typical eh! But we had loads of fun all the same. I’ll just dump a load of photos on you guys {sorry about the quality as I just took my phone with me!}.
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Because we were so close to the Zoo, Ellie was constantly pointing out the seagulls flying overhead {clearly waiting for the sea lions feeding time no doubt!}.
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The scenery we were surrounded with was actually breathtaking. This area is only 2 miles up the road from where we live, so being so close to this place makes you feel very blessed. 
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We took a photo of these two handsome chaps from a distance and before we knew it curiosity got the better of them and they trotted over to say hello.
11160268_789994961085997_658174397_n11119480_789995301085963_1485576713_n11160276_789995181085975_560671423_nEllie taking a moment to enjoy the view as Mummy caught her breathe! *wink*
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Isn’t that view stunning!! So much green! #beautiful
11091195_789995127752647_16088624_nEllie thought it would be fun to have me snap a photo of her ‘appearing’ to pinch hold of the telephone tower in the distance. I think we pulled it off!
11156759_789995174419309_1149756305_nI’m in a photo….on my own, up on the hillside. Rare shot folks! Super Busy Mum in the wild and photographed by my gorgeous daughter. 
11156968_790130287739131_1958934897_nWe can see the summit! Huzzah!
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Now for the journey down towards home. We decided to head down the way we really should have came up. This way is very steep {but adventurous too!} So we had lots of fun {& dusty bums!}.11117464_789994811086012_179266872_n11103597_790131377739022_422811127_n11173457_789994807752679_320584442_nWe came to a fork in the road and even though to get to where we came in we had to go left, I asked Ellie which way she’d like to go and she chose right. Oh well, we set out for an adventure didn’t we!?
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You never realise just how short you are until you see you’re little 29in legs in a full length photo!

So remember Ellie chose to go right? WELL….we got a little lost, went under fallen trees, jumped over some too and after an hour of trekking through forest we stumbled upon this…
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Belfast Castle! Ha! Brilliant eh! I couldn’t believe we ended up walking so far that we ended up in the grounds of belfast Castle. So we got a seat in the garden and ordered ourselves a wee bun and a bottle of coke each. It was well deserved!
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We had a glorious adventure together and we weren’t home two minutes before Ellie was asking to go up again! I can’t wait to make it a regular thing with my eldest girl.
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18 Comments

  1. 22/04/2015 / 7:24 AM

    What gorgeous scenery, I always think that getting a little bit lost makes it much more of an adventure! It’s brilliant to see so many pictures of you too xx

  2. Steph @MisplacedBrit
    22/04/2015 / 7:51 AM

    These are such fantastic pictures and I’m just so genuinely impressed with you guys!! You totally got out there and climbed all the way up …Love it!
    I feel motivated and iNSPIRED 🙂

  3. 22/04/2015 / 8:24 AM

    wow, you certainly covered some distance, well done!! love the photo of the phone tower 🙂 #MMWBH

  4. Lucy @ bottlefor2
    22/04/2015 / 10:01 AM

    Looks like you had a great day. What a bonus to end up at the Castle! Looks gorgeous.

  5. 22/04/2015 / 10:33 AM

    I cannot wait to get back to the UK so we can go off hiking and walking in the countryside. There isn’t much countryside in the desert, and I hate sand…. so sand dune hiking freaks me out!

    Looks like a great day! x

  6. 22/04/2015 / 11:47 AM

    What a lovely hike! You are so lucky to have such beautiful scenery near you! And that castle? What a beautiful find! Thank you for sharing your adventures, Debs!

  7. 22/04/2015 / 4:42 PM

    What a gorgeous walk. I bet you had some right old chats with your little lady too – perfect for catching up with her in peace! I’m envious.
    #MMWHB

  8. 22/04/2015 / 7:20 PM

    Wow, that looks like such a a beautiful little trek, you’re so lucky to have somewhere so wonderful just on your doorstep! I love days like this – at the end of it, you’ve had great quality time and you really feel like you’ve achieved something (sometimes I definitely do not get that daily quota of productivity!) I am a wee bit jealous of your glorious day. 🙂 Ray xx

  9. 22/04/2015 / 7:26 PM

    Looks like a lovely walk – and you certainly had the weather for it. I love a good walk, always a good excuse to eat lots of cake afterwards (hope you had some in the picnic). #MMWBH

  10. Ashley Beolens
    22/04/2015 / 8:51 PM

    you took some great photos, and clearly had fun on your climb, I love a good nature hike and this looks like a great one.

  11. Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper
    22/04/2015 / 9:06 PM

    Ah Debs you live in such a beautiful part of the world, I’m very envious! I can’t wait to do things like these when my two are older! x

  12. 22/04/2015 / 9:43 PM

    That made me giggle reading you walked it in reverse. Must’ve been lovely just the 2 of you. It’s encouraged me to spend some time with my teen if he’ll let me.

  13. 22/04/2015 / 11:19 PM

    Great hike, great views and good weather too – perfect! It’s lovely to be able to do this sort of thing with kids. Ours aren’t quite old enough to appreciate scenery yet sadly – they’d much rather sit and watch cars go by!

  14. 22/04/2015 / 11:27 PM

    WOW! Those views are amazing! You guys are brave going up those steps, but I can see it was worth it!
    #MMWBH
    Sabrina x

  15. 23/04/2015 / 10:31 AM

    Brilliant; I remember the last time I was in Belfast looking round the hills from the city centre and htinking the looked glorious. You pictures prove they are!

  16. ERFmama
    23/04/2015 / 1:13 PM

    What a lovely experience! And the photos are amazing. 😀
    Looks like you had a really good day out, I love the donkeys! haha

    #MMWBH

  17. tracey bowden
    24/04/2015 / 10:39 AM

    Looks like you both had a great day out and what a fabulous view #MMWBH

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