Travel

  • Catbells with kids
    Days out,  Travel,  Walking

    That’s Just The First Bit – Tackling Catbells With Kids

    Since walking up Old Man Of Coniston back in January, me and T have been wanting to take on more of the legendary wainwrights of the Lake District. I have signed up to walk up Helvellyn (one of the biggest… eek!) in June for charity so I thought it would be a good idea to get practise in on some of the shorter fells. After a quick Google I discovered that Catbells was meant to be one of the best to tackle with kids. So off we went. Bank Holiday Walks The bank holiday gave us the perfect opportunity to get out in the lakes. Especially as the weather was…

  • Discussions,  Holiday,  Travel

    Dreaming of a Paris Return – Where I Would Love to Explore with Spike

    I don’t know if it was the amazing trip to Lapland we had in December, or the pandemic, but something has reignited my love for travel recently. We have a trip to Cornwall booked next week and hopefully a UK city break in the summer holidays. But next year, once we feel more comfortable travelling abroad again, I really fancy booking another trip to Paris. My Previous Visits to Paris Paris, the city of love. It is on the travel wish list of many, and its easy to understand why. It’s a beautiful city, with the most picturesque locations to get all that instagram footage. I haven’t been back since…

  • Child free,  Holiday,  Travel

    A Relaxing Spa Break in the Lakes – Beech Hill Hotel Review

    Back in January we went on a break to the Lakes to celebrate T’s 40th Brithday. He wasnt actually 40 until the begining of Feb, but doing it the week before meant we could get someone to move in to ours, taking Spike to school and relax in the knowledge that everything was fine at home. Of course, its a good job we ended up going early. Because two days after we got home, Spike got covid. And the three of us went down one after the other! If we’d have booked it for T’s birthday, we wouldn’t have been able to go at all! What to do on a…

  • Our 2022 Travel Plans
    Discussions,  Family,  Travel

    Our 2022 Travel Plans – What We Are Planning For The Year Ahead

    With an amazing holiday to Lapland at the end of 2021 (which I promise, will have a review at some point!), the need to travel has been reignited inside me. However, the start of 2022 has brought with it a rise in the levels of Omicron. Also, the stress of rules changing the week we went abroad last year has put us off a foreign holiday this year too. So this year won’t have anything as major as Lapland in it, and once again our travel plans really focus on the UK. Thats not too bad though, especially as we’ve already enjoyed a mini break to the Lakes this year!…

  • Days out,  Family,  Holiday,  Reviews,  Travel

    Let’s Do That Again! – A Summer Day at Gulliver’s World

    Spike and I went to Gulliver’s World together two years ago, it was a gorgeous July day, before the school’s broke up. We went with her nursery as a final trip before she left. The entire day pretty much was spent with her best friend and her mum. Therefore Spike had fond memories and has begged to go back ever since Our First Gulliver’s World Trip As mentioned, it was July, a weekday and glorious. There wasn’t a single queue for anything and it felt like Spike’s nursery group were the only visitors. We got on everything within minutes. We rode the Wriggler rollercoaster 4 times without actually getting off.…

  • Our Summer Holiday 2021 Plans Blog Graphic with two images of Spike, a blonde haired, brown eyed 6 year old. The first she is holiding a Lancaster BID balloon and showing off a tattoo of Ariel from The Little Mermaid and the second she is stood under the fountain at Williamson's Park in Lancaster, pretending the water is spraying out of her mouth
    Days out,  Discussions,  Family,  Home,  Personal posts,  Travel,  Walking

    Better Late Than Never – Our Summer Holiday 2021 Plans

    It may be week 5 of the 6 week summer holidays, but a lack of childcare and annual leave means that our summer is only just beginning. We are going to make the most of it though! Spike has been at kids club for most of summer, with a day a week at home while we work. While we’re in the fortunate position to do that, its been pretty boring for her. So with our annual leave about to begin, we have some amazing days out planned. And I thought I’d share them with you! Summer Holidays on a Budget We were planning on potentially going away with T’s family…

  • Arnside Knott at Twixmas - walking with kids in the Cumbrian countryside. Photo shows me and Spike under the giraffe tree at Arnside Knott and a photo of Spike walking away from the camera towards pretty tree
    Days out,  Discussions,  Travel,  Walking

    Arnside Knott at Twixmas – a December day looking over the Bay

    We spent a lot of time between Christmas and New Year out and about in nature. But lets face it – there wasn’t much else we could do was there? Those few days were some of one of the few recently where were weren’t in strict lockdown. Therefore, technically, we were able to travel slightly over the county lines to enjoy a walk. So we headed to Arnside Knott. Finding Arnside Knott Arnside Knott has been on my walking wishlist for some time. Its only about half an hour or so from our home so it was easy enough to get to. What wasn’t so easy was finding the route…

  • A fantastic day out to bolton abbey in yorkshire
    Days out,  Family,  Travel,  Walking

    Beautiful waterfalls, amazing ruins and stepping stones – our awesome day trip to Bolton Abbey

    Last month was my birthday, and as always I wanted to celebrate with a special day with my family. A lot of things weren’t fully open near us, but thankfully I don’t mind driving that little bit further for special occasions. It turns out Bolton Abbey was the perfect place to visit. Beauty in the Yorkshire Dales Bolton Abbey is a ruined abbey in the Yorkshire dales. Its a massive estate with lots of walking trails, cafes and great areas for sitting and relaxing. The abbey and the stepping stones are what I wanted to go for but after we’d made the decision to go, I discovered the Valley of…

  • Birthday,  Days out,  Discussions,  Photography,  Travel

    Our August In Pictures

    This August was a strange one for us. We were meant to have a family week. We were expecting to go away for the first week of the month. But it didn’t happen. Instead we’ve been desperately trying to fit in our days out around work, kids club and other commitments. August is also my birthday month, which always means a fun day out in the sun (sunshine not always guaranteed.) And thankfully there was no exception to that this year. Days out – Grizedale Forest, Loughrigg Tarn, Rydal Caves and Bolton Abbey We had a couple of great days out in August and I loved each and every one.…

  • Lancashire and Cumbria days out. Two photos of Spike, a blonde haired brown eyed preschooler enjoying Lowther Castle and Mrs Dowson's Farm
    Days out,  Family,  Home,  Travel

    Our favourite North West Days out around Lancashire and Cumbria

    Lancashire and Cumbria are awesome places to explore and while a lot of attractions are currently closed, it still has a whole host of places to enjoy for walking and playing in nature. We’ve been talking a lot about our favourite attractions and walks in and around Lancashire lately, to put onto our Lockdown wishlist and I thought it would be good to do a little round up of some of our favourite Cumbria and Lancashire days out! Free days out I’ve a whole blog post about free Cumbria and Lancashire days out from a few years ago, but to be honest we hadn’t even gone that far when I…