Anniversary · Blogger · challenge · Mam Tor · Peak District · romantic weekends · UK breaks · Uncategorized · walking

Trip to the Peak District 

So last weekend we spent the weekend in a beautiful part of England when we travelled to the Peak District National Park for our Wedding anniversary. We have visited other National Parks before so were looking forward to lots of beautiful scenery, quaint villages and long walks and the trip did not disappoint!

We stayed at Spring View bed and breakfast in Bradwell, a small village nestled in rolling hills dotted with sheep. The B&B was a perfect base for us to explore and with 3 local pubs all within a 5 minute walking distance as well as a chip shop and local shop it really couldn’t get any better. We picked this as our base due to it being dog friendly so we were able to take Poppy, she was just as welcome as us from the minute we arrived which was great. Everything about this B&B was perfect, from the well cooked breakfast to the communal living area stocked with board games and walking guides and finally the beautiful garden which we were also able to use I really couldn’t recommend it enough.


Our first evening there we decided to try out a local pub, The White Hart. Just a short walk through winding streets and we came upon it, with the building dating back to 1600 it was the essence of a village pub with low beams and small rooms and just a small outside seating area  by the front door. We were greeted by friendly staff who were again happy to have Poppy under our table whilst we ate our freshly cooked meal of lamb shank, delicious!

Saturday we took a trip to Treak cliff cavern in Castleton. There were about 4 different caves in or around Castleton but we chose this one as it was again dog friendly. Being the first tour of the day it was only us two and Poppy which was great. Our guide took us through several different caverns explaining how they were formed and giving us detailed history on the owners and miners of the cavern as well as the Blue John Stone that is found there. It was a really interesting tour and I only managed to almost slip over once and avoided banging my head in the 4ft entrance tunnel!

From there we went on to Mam Tor.
We had planned to visit this area and in particular Mam Tor as we had seen the views and thought the route looked manageable. We started our route after walking from Treak cliff cavern along the broken road and up onto the Tor. The whole route was fairly busy with school trips and groups of people but there was plenty of room on the wide paths. We walked right along to Losehill, be warned some of this is very steep and requires a good amount of fitness to get up and down, I walked 19 miles the previous week but this gradient at times was tough! Once you make it to the summit the views are beautiful even in summer drizzle! The route down and back to the car was along a public footpath which at times took us through ferns almost as tall as me but the signs are all very visible and we were able to complete a good loop of this beautiful area.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I surprised Scott at the top with a mini bottle of Prosecco and two glasses to celebrate our anniversary, he was very chuffed and it gave us a minute to take a breather and drink in the views, along with the bubbles of course!

wp-image-1711081161

After dropping Poppy back off for a rest at the b and b we went for a trip into Castleton itself. It’s a beautiful little village with the main street full of tea rooms and souvenir shops, quite tourist orientated but in a tasteful way. We stopped for a gift for T and then sampled a Derbyshire cream tea at a lovely little tea room at the back of a shop.

We spent that evening eating a fish and chip supper then drinking Prosecco to celebrate our anniversary while watching the sun go down in the beautiful garden.


It was such a great trip and we only wish we had longer to explore this beautiful area.

Peak District we loved you!

Advertisements
cockerpoo · Devon · UK breaks · Uncategorized · walking holidays · weekend breaks

Time Out in Devon

So last weekend we took a trip to Devon for the first time in 2 years. We stayed in a lodge we have stayed in twice previously and it didn’t fail to disappoint. It was just as magical as we remembered and we loved how almost everything was still exactly the same! We were so lucky with the weather and although we had to dodge some showers and some of our time was spent watching a film inside away from the rain we still managed lots of chill time in the tub! Being in a cosy lodge isn’t all bad when it rains anyway, we just lit up the log burner and snuggled down! ☺

Poppy certainly liked the heat too!

wp-image-1741958954jpg.jpeg

On Saturday we started off with breakfast at The Bakehouse in Cullompton. We had booked a table as for a quirky little cafe it gets very busy. The breakfast was hearty! Just what we needed for our day ahead.

We then took a trip into Dartmoor National Park and visited Haytor Rocks. We were surprised how many people were there climbing the rocks but it was a beautiful day and although the wind was howling and it was quite a trek up the views and beautiful rainbow made it 100% worth it.

wp-image-1330474666jpg.jpeg

20170304_114604.jpg

If it wasn’t for the howling wind I and light showers at the top I would have attempted to climb the rocks to the top too but instead I wimped out and took pictures of Scott while holding onto Poppy!

wp-image-1913673456jpg.jpeg

As we were exploring the rocks we came across some Dartmoor ponies just grazing, as they are free roaming I always love it when we see some as there is never a guarantee where they will be or if we will even see any.

On the way back we stopped in a little town called Bovey Tracey and had a cream tea at Home Farm cafe. We have visited this twice previously and once again the cream tea did not disappoint either! The cafe has a dog friendly room but as the sun was shining we chose to sit outside and have a cream tea each! The portions really are huge and we ended up taking a scone home each but it really was delicious!

After this we took a drive into Dartmoor and spotted a lone pony so stopped to take some pictures of the scenery and yet another rainbow. Although you could say the roads are a little hairy at times when you are driving up on cliffs it really is just a stunning view and every single time I go there I just wish I could up and move there!  We pulled in at a little stream and stone bridge to take some photos, by this time Poppy was fast asleep in the back so we didn’t stay long before heading back to rest our aching legs!

On Sunday we headed into Exeter for some shopping and found a great place to eat that does Cider and Pies! Not that we are great cider lovers but they had so many varieties it was hard not to find one you didn’t like! The food was again amazing and the service great and I’m definitely pleased we spent a little extra time looking for somewhere different to eat, even if it did mean I got a little grumpy hungry!

When it came to Monday we were sad to be leaving our romantic nights under the stars at our peaceful, beautiful little lodge and have no doubt that one day we will be back but just maybe in a few years. Now I think we are ready to explore somewhere new and find somewhere else to make happy memories like we have in Devon.

Devon · happy · making plans · romantic weekends · UK breaks · walking holidays · weekend breaks

On the countdown

Today is 21 days until we get to go back to Devon. This will be the third time we have stayed in this perfect little lodge in the cute little town of Cullompton. This is our time to just be together, there is no signal in the lodge so no social media for me, or random YouTube videos for Scott. No stats updates or updates on group messages from his work or my school mum’s chat. No this time is just purely for us to relax in the hot tub and enjoy each others company and it is bliss. I’ve spoken about Devon before and what happy memories it holds for me and I have a feeling this time will be even more special as we haven’t been for 2 years we are just so excited to get back to the long walks in the day and drinking bubbles in the tub at night while looking at the stars. There really is nothing better and today the countdown begins.