Deer Spotting and Biking at Ashton Court (plus WIAW!)

Due to all the rain we’ve had lately, I haven’t been out on my bike for weeks. So, when we woke up on Sunday morning and saw that the sky was bright and clear, we decided to make the most of it and head to Ashton Court with our bikes 🙂

Before we set off, we all had a huge bowl of porridge to fuel us up. Me & Lil’ L opted for cocoa porridge, which is one of our current favourite breakfasts. As you can see, I add lots of toppings to my porridge, including flaked almonds, chopped walnuts, goji berries, citrus peel, ground flaxseed and a sprinkling of grated raw chocolate. Yum!

There are two ways I make cocoa porridge depending on what milks I have available. I either use Alpro’s Chocolate Milk (which is really yummy!) or add 1 tbsp cocoa to the porridge along with some non dairy milk (I use Alpro’s Almond or Soya milk) and a drizzle of agave syrup to sweeten it up. Both methods are equally scrumptious!

After breakfast, we strapped 3 bikes to the car and headed to Bristol. As soon as we arrived at Ashton Court I paused for a few moments to say hello to the deer.

Check out this little cutie.

I then hopped on my bike and did my best to catch up with the others!

I might still be able to beat Lil’ L on hills, but it’s impossible for me to catch him on the trails. Yes that’s me in the pic below, trailing behind…

Here I come!

It was so exhilarating to be out on the bike. I’ve really missed it!

For lunch, we stopped at the Golf Hub Cafe, which is near the mountain  bike trail. It had a great selection of food for veggie mountain bikers 😉

‘Doorstep sandwiches’ and all-day cooked veggie breakfasts are great re-fuelling foods. However, this time round, Lil’ L and I opted for the veggie burger. We both agreed, though, that next time we’ll have the cooked breakfast. That was M’s choice and it looked amazing!  For dessert, Lil’ L chose to have a piece of Victoria sponge cake. The slice was huge. And this is what a 9 year old boy looks like on a sugar rush 😉

Luckily the sugar didn’t wear off until he was back at the car 😉

Even though I’m very rusty at mountain biking, I managed to get round the trail without falling off.  However, back at the Ashton Court manor house, whilst stationary with my left foot on the ground, I managed to lose my balance, fail to unclick my right foot from my pedal, and slammed down on the ground.  Durgh! So not cool!  I cut and bruised my knees but fortunately I managed to avoid tearing my leggings. phew!

Back home, we fancied something warming and filling for tea so we opted for a butternut squash, chick pea and apricot tagine served on a bed of couscous. This is one of our all-time favourite Moroccan tagines and I promise to post the recipe soon!

For dessert, we had fresh pineapple, served with a drizzle of Alpro soya cream. Delicious!

So that’s a rundown of Sunday’s activities and eats for the WIAW foodie party. Thanks, as always, to our wonderful host Jenn. If you want some inspiration for new eats, do check out her WIAW posts, published every Wednesday. There’s literally hundreds of entries to browse through!

Have you ever had a Moroccan tagine before? If so, what’s your favourite?
I had my first tagine in Istanbul a few years ago and I loved the combination of sweet and savoury flavours. Last Christmas, a friend of mine bought me a tagine pot and it’s been put to a lot of use this year.  I love trying out different combinations of veggies, dried fruits and spices. I’ll write up the recipes for our favourites and post them very soon!

Enjoy the rest of the week everyone 🙂 xx




18 thoughts on “Deer Spotting and Biking at Ashton Court (plus WIAW!)

    1. Moroccan tagines have got the most beautiful, fragrant flavour thanks to the addition of spices like cinnamon and ginger. They’re perfect for this time of year as the flavours are really warming. You’ll have to give one a try! I’ll write up the recipe and post it asap xx

    1. I’m really looking forward to going back to Ashton Court. Maybe I’ll need to borrow a buff to keep the ears warm though 😉 Knee’s finally healed up 🙂

  1. Aww, poor you! I hope your knees are feeling better now. I’m not a cycling fan because I’m not confident, but I would love to go out with someone who knows what they’re doing because it’s great exercise and lovely to be outdoors.
    Chocolate porridge is my favourite too – I make it with cocoa and love it with coconut oil or peanut butter stirred in.

    1. I’ve had cocoa porridge pretty much every day for the past week. It’s such a great cold weather breakfast isn’t it? I’ve never tried adding peanut butter or coconut oil so I’ll definitely have to give it a try. Sounds really yummy!

  2. Aw, what a great family day you had! Reminds me of the many bicycle tours – and even whole weeks during the holidays – I took with my family when still living at my parents. It’s the perfect way of combing a family trip and nature experience. Should I have children myself later on they’ll be treated to many of these cycling tours, too :D.

    Is it far to Ashton Court from where you live? It looks like a fantastic place to visit and being able to see deer? Cute!

    1. How lucky you were to go on family cycling tours. They sound like such fun adventures!
      Ashton Court is about half an hour’s drive from where we live. We’ve got bike racks on the roof of the car so it’s no big deal to get there. Now my knee’s healed, I can’t wait to go back. There are two deer parks on the estate so it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’re going to see some every time you go there. I love deer. They’re such beautiful creatures 🙂 x

    1. My knee’s finally healed up 🙂 and I can’t wait to get back out on the bike again. Finally, after months of rain, the trails are nice and dry. I’ve really missed biking this summer!

  3. What a fun way to spend some family time! I am a little nervous about trail riding–I am much more comfortable on my road bike! But my boys all love it, so I join them anyway. (The things we do for our boys, right?) Sorry about your fall–I’ve done that on my road bike way too many times to remember. And it was always when other people are around–like at a busy traffic intersection! Fortunately, my ego bruises heal quickly. 🙂

    1. After having Lil’ L, I became a lot more cautious on the mountain bike. I guess it’s the self preservation maternal instinct kicking in. It’s not necessarily a good thing though as I find I fall off my bike a lot more because I’m going too slow and not getting enough momentum to ride over the tree roots and rocks :/ Fortunately, my ego’s long gone 😉

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