We are so fortunate to have the beautiful Afan Forset on our doorstep. Just a few minutes down the hill from our home and we can nip onto the wonderful Sustrans network and cycle for miles and miles…..well as far as we can physically manage. Adventure Husband has always made the most of the mountain bike trails and Boy1 is starting to get more adventurous with his off-roading, but as a family we tend to walk rather than cycle.
The weather was so glorious last weekend, we decided that we needed to make the most of the day – take a picnic and allow ourselves the day off from the chores that take over day to day life ……
Cast your mind back to your childhood. What are the memories that bring a smile to your face? Riding your bike, exploring new, unfamiliar places, being out and about with friends? Probably, because these are the things that today’s adults enjoyed as children, with 70% experiencing most of their adventures outdoors.
Contrast this with today’s children. Top of their list is also playing on their bikes and exploring new and unfamiliar places. But only 29% are experiencing adventures outdoors, often closely supervised by adults.
At Sustrans we think it’s time to change this. We believe every child deserves to be free range and experience the freedom from their front door to go exploring, play outdoors, and make their own way to school and beyond.
That’s why we launched the Free Range Kids campaign, to give children, their parents and teachers the opportunity to make a change.