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How far is your walk to school?

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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
At present my son's school is too far away to walk to, so we have to drive. Hopefully in September he'll have gotten in to a much closer school, and I've just plotted the route - 1.5 miles away. Is this too far to expect him to walk? He'll be almost 4, but is a very good walker. He does more miles than this when we walk the dog or potter round the shops, but that's usually with lots of stops and not so much of a rush. Also, his younger brother will be walking with us, and he's just turned two. He hasn't been in a pushchair for over 6 months, and I'd hate to put him back in one. But I doubt he'd walk that far (and BACK!) without a tantrum or two along the way. It would mean me taking a double buggy, as we've got a baby too!

So, how far do you walk to school, and how old are the children. I've considered driving half way and walking the rest of the way, but that defeats the object. The roads round here are completely gridlocked at school run time, so I know we could walk it in more or less the same time as it would take in the car, it's just whether or not the children would/could actually do it. Would he be too knackered to be good at school all day?

Any advice/info most welcome.
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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
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[mod][Moderator]#1
How about bus/car to school then walk him home in the evening? Thats what I used to do with my son, he seemed to have alot of pent up energy at the end of the school day and we had more time to look at "interesting" things he found along the route, think ours was just under 2 miles
#2
you expect a 4yo boy to walk 1.5miles on his own every morning and walk back after school? :?

If its on his own then no I wouldnt say its wise, however if you are accompanying him then yes. Every day may be a little too much for the little chap so you might want to compromise and walk a few days and use the car a few days.
banned#3
i walked with my dad about 1.5 miles to school when i was that age, it was a struggle but doable (had no choice anyway then)

its your other journey with the other kids that is the bigger issue, and double the distance I cant see being realistic
#4
StevenA2000_uk
you expect a 4yo boy to walk 1.5miles on his own every morning and walk back after school? :?


ON HIS OWN???? Where did you get that from?
#5
Id take the car to take him to school too, you dont want to be late but also dont want to rush him, and because youve got your LO with you too. If your LOs anything like mine, they get easily distracted by different things too. You could walk him home as you wouldnt have to rush etc...
#6
jubbyme
i walked with my dad about 1.5 miles to school when i was that age, it was a struggle but doable (had no choice anyway then)

its your other journey with the other kids that is the bigger issue, and double the distance I cant see being realistic


Hmm. Are those buggy boards any good - for when he's tired out?
#7
I think it's too far for a 3 year old. Walking to school isn't a pleasurable destination. You've got to be looking at 30 minutes.
#8
My daughters school is around a mile away, and uphill. She is 4 and has no problems at all. We walk to and from every day, 90% of the parents seem to drive the kids but walking gives them good exercise imo :)
#9
greg_68
I think it's too far for a 3 year old. Walking to school isn't a pleasurable destination. You've got to be looking at 30 minutes.


30 mins isn't bad. We take the dog for longer walks than that.
#10
wishihadadonkey
How about bus/car to school then walk him home in the evening? Thats what I used to do with my son, he seemed to have alot of pent up energy at the end of the school day and we had more time to look at "interesting" things he found along the route, think ours was just under 2 miles


This sounds like a good compromise. Wear him out in time for tea/bed! And if the littler ones get on with it ok we can start in the mornings when they are a tiny bit bigger.
banned#11
walking has another good point to it too, I remember i could always talk to my dad when we were walking to school, and such, which didnt seem to happen any other time
banned#12
5 minutes, but they've asked me to stop.:oops:
#13
we drive cos its about 1000yards away and we like to block the roads up...................
#14
jubbyme
walking has another good point to it too, I remember i could always talk to my dad when we were walking to school, and such, which didnt seem to happen any other time
was he the lollipop man?
#15
we walk half a mile to school and my daughter has done since she was 4 - she is a good walker but if I made her walk much further on the way home then she would get very grumpy as she would be tired and hungry after school - take snacks when you pick him up!!!!
banned#16
5757alan
was he the lollipop man?


no, he was just always too busy otherwise, but when walking nothing to do but talk.

of course now, people are too busy on their mobile to talk to kids!
[mod][Moderator]#17
helcatamy1
we walk half a mile to school and my daughter has done since she was 4 - she is a good walker but if I made her walk much further on the way home then she would get very grumpy as she would be tired and hungry after school - take snacks when you pick him up!!!!


Yes my son was always hungry, used to take him a carton of orange juice and a banana for on the way home:thumbsup:
#18
jubbyme
no, he was just always too busy otherwise, but when walking nothing to do but talk.

of course now, people are too busy on their mobile to talk to kids!
Only joking. I walk the little un to school. And it is quality time
[mod][Moderator]#19
snowflake
This is a good idea but I found mine were quite tired by the end of the school day and it took quite a while to get home :roll:


It did take a while, we were always having to peer into interesting puddles/holes, look at strangely shaped leaves/trees and over walls into peoples gardens, he was very nosey lol:)
#20
Anyone got one of these? Can I squeeze all three into this on the way there and just the two coming back?
banned#21
Certainly the kids these days who never walk to school, are always driven, im sure lose out on a lot of quality time, exercise, and just knowledge of their local area

Looking back, im glad we walked all the time, dunno what my dad thought of all that though, but we never had a car to even consider otherwise

use one of these to move the kids

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#22
I think its good exercise for the little one and if you can make it fun in some way like eye spy or other games it could be good.
#23
my sons school use to be a 2 min walk now we have moved its 2 1/2 miles i have walked it a few times but it takes well over half an hour. Maybe if you don't need the car in the day you could drive there leave the car and walk back then walk there to collect it a picking up time, thats what on days i didn't need the car. It might be a bit far for a 2 year old maybe they could ride a bike to make it seem less far, i sometimes do this with our 2 year old when dog walking and if she gets tired i put a dog lead round the handle bars to pull her along.
#24
jubbyme
Certainly the kids these days who never walk to school, are always driven, im sure lose out on a lot of quality time, exercise, and just knowledge of their local area

Looking back, im glad we walked all the time, dunno what my dad thought of all that though, but we never had a car to even consider otherwise


This is what I'm thinking - if we didn't have a car we would HAVE to walk.
#25
my daughters school is next door so i dont have too go very far lol.
#26
greyparrot
my daughters school is next door so i dont have too go very far lol.


No excuses for being late then!
#27
Penny Saver
No excuses for being late then!


nope none at all plus my little un gets too stay in bed longer as we dont have to allow for the journey to school.leaves the house at 8.50am.
#28
my kids schools are 5 and 8 miles away so we have no choice but to drive :)
banned#29
greyparrot
my daughters school is next door so i dont have too go very far lol.

i'll bet you still drive there!
#30
greyparrot
my daughters school is next door so i dont have too go very far lol.


My old school was like that. Over the road for me, Infants, Juniors and Seniors aswell. Still managed to be late sometimes though.
#31
jubbyme
i'll bet you still drive there!


wouldnt be possible to drive lol.it is a stones throw away like literally 10 foot steps and i cant drive.
#32
anthonyt
My old school was like that. Over the road for me, Infants, Juniors and Seniors aswell. Still managed to be late sometimes though.


nah i havent had her late in before but the good thing is if i forget to take something in i can just nip home and grab it.
#33
I'm glad reading this that at least some kids walk to school - never seems like it near my work in Newton Mearns - never-ending stream of Chelsea Tractors.
#34
Penny Saver
30 mins isn't bad. We take the dog for longer walks than that.


That was my point about it school being the destination, taking the dog for a walk is fun.

It's like when you go on holiday the time taken and travelling experience always seems better on the way than the return.

I think walking that far every day to and from school will soon become a chore rather than a pleasure for them.

I'd try the half way option, it's the best of both worlds then.
#35
When I was at school my house backed onto the school field so it was a simple jump over the fence & into school :)
#36
moob
I'm glad reading this that at least some kids walk to school - never seems like it near my work in Newton Mearns - never-ending stream of Chelsea Tractors.


didnt know thats where you lived Moob. Lovely place.

My son's school is two miles away and we leave the house in the car at 830am and get there for 855 - its ridiculous, second gear for most of the journey, but I then head onto work so need the car. I take every second Friday off and we walk it in 15mins - quicker than the car.

Sounds though like your journey would be a nightmare with the younger kids in tow!
#37
Sounds like a nightmare to me as well.
If it was just you and your 4 year old or even with the 2 year old as well, I would say to walk but with the baby, in addition, I would say to go by car. It's not like decades ago when eveyone walked because it was much saver then with so little traffic. Yes. I see that going by car adds to the traffic and it's a vicious circle, but a mile and a half is too far with the whole troop every morning and evening. Those times when it's all going like clockwork you could do the afternoon, I would say, as it's just school not work traffic then.
#38
snowflake
Have you considered getting him a little bike with stabilisers, and on the baby's pushchairs one of those kiddie boards for the two year old? You could walk there and back then and leave the bike at school?


Those buggy boards any good?
#39
i have to get 2 busses
#40
aah96
i have to get 2 busses


Eek. I certainly don't fancy that with a buggy a toddler and a 4 year old. Would deffo rather walk!

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