Showing posts with label Staycation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Staycation. Show all posts

Friday, 27 October 2017

Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa

I was recently lucky enough to have an overnight stay at Armathwaite Hall - a luxury hotel in the Lake District. This hotel is owned by the Graves family and has stood on the shores of Bassenthwaite since the 11th century! It's got gorgeous rooms with stunning views, a luxurious spa, brasserie restaurant and formal restaurant as well as many many little nooks and crannies to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book! 

Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa
The view over Bassenthwaite from our balcony, just before an October sunset.


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Rufford Old Hall Scarecrow Festival

As a National Trust membership, I visit the properties close to my house quite regularly and one of my favourites is Rufford Old Hall.

This year, I visited their Scarecrow Festival with my god-daughter and bestie. It started today and was SO much fun walking around the grounds and spotting the scarecrows made by volunteers and local businesses.


Friday, 1 September 2017

Haigh Hall Courtyard

As regular readers know, I love exploring my local area to find new things to do, places to go and food to eat! Haigh Hall Courtyard is one of my favourite places to while away an afternoon, the perfect end to a pleasant walk!

Haigh Hall Courtyard #lbloggers


Saturday, 19 August 2017

Southport Flower Show 2017

I've just had the most amazing time at Southport Flower Show. It's the first time I've been to a flower show in my life and it was just incredible. From the beautiful flowers to the tasty food to the entertaining shows...it is the perfect day out for couples, families, young and old! The theme this year was "The Curious Garden" which led to whimsical creations all over the show!

Southport Flower Show 2017 #lbloggers #flowers


Saturday, 22 April 2017

The KP Lodges - Pocklington

Mr T and I were recently treated by his family to a weekend away in a luxury lodge. It's a bit of a family tradition to spend a weekend in a lodge (with hot tub!) around this time of year but this year's lodge blew us away!



Thursday, 18 August 2016

Walking Morecambe Bay with Cedric

As regular readers to my blog will know, I'm quite the fan of the great outdoors (I refer you to my staycation posts) so when the opportunity came up to walk Morecambe Bay, I couldn't turn it down.

I walked the bay for Reverse Rett - a charity close to Mr T's family's hearts. You can find their webpage by clicking on the Reverse Rett link which includes details on their upcoming events, how to donate and information about the charity itself. Briefly and simply, Rett Syndrome is a neurological condition that affects little girls shortly after their first birthday. For these girls and women, their bodies cannot obey the instructions from their brain, so they can understand more than they are able to show.

Combining walking outdoors with a challenge and raising money for charity...let's read on!

The walk is from Arnside across the bay to Kent's Bank train station. Fortunately for us, one of Mr T's relatives lives a 5 minute walk from the station so we parked there and caught the train into Arnside. This was an experience in itself. The train travels across the bay on a viaduct and offers gorgeous views across the bay for the whole journey. The train was PACKED but only took around ten minutes.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Malham Cove - Waterfalls, limestone and Harry Potter

I recently visited Malham Cove in North Yorkshire on a VERY rainy day. Despite the downpours, the walk we did was beautiful and in fact, the extra water meant that we saw some pretty spectacular sights. 
Malham Cove Limestone Pavement

"We'll go to Malham Cove," Mr T said. Images of cocktails and sandy beaches flashed before my eyes... "It's only a 5 mile walk and the rain isn't THAT bad..." he added. Nevertheless, I was game and off we went. Boy am I glad we did!

Malham Cove (despite the cocktail and sandy beach images) is nowhere near the sea. In fact, it's a natural limestone curved cliff. On top, the limestone pavement is created from massively eroded limestone, leaving behind fissures and cracks that you leap over and marvel at. To get there, you can do a short 1 mile walk from the village of Malham or a longer circular walk taking in Janet's Foss and Gordale Scar. Do the longer walk...it's WELL worth it. 

Janet's Foss

Malham Cove Limestone Pavement Janets Foss

Janet's Foss is a small waterfall thought to be the place where a fairy queen lived in a cave at the back of the waterfall. It was really full of water the day that we went, one bonus to walking in the rain.

The walk over to Janet's Foss is surrounded by wild garlic which created a distinctive smell en route but as you turn to see this waterfall, it's all been worth it. 

Gordale Scar

Malham Cove Limestone Pavement Gordale Scar

Gordale Scar is a little further along and is a limestone ravine containing two waterfalls. The stream is the same stream that flows over Janet's Foss. You can climb up the gorge but we returned to the path and carried on to the limestone pavement. 

Malham Cove - limestone pavement

Malham Cove Limestone Pavement view

I chose to walk above the limestone pavement - the rain had made it SO slippy. However, those two intrepid explorers are Mr T and his pops looking out over the rolling hills from the edge of the limestone pavement. It's like a jigsaw puzzle!! 

Malham Cove Limestone Pavement Once  we'd climbed down the steps at the side of the limestone pavement, we explored the bottom of the cliff. The stream seems to spring up out of the ground - Mr T informs me that it soaks down through the limestone and bubbles up out of the ground. I had to do a bit of paddling to get to this point but standing at the bottom of the cliff and looking up was breathtaking.




Malham Cove Limestone Pavement money tree
I love these money trees - I know not everyone does but I think they're really striking.



Malham Cove Limestone Pavement  I can't even describe to you how close I got to this cow. The herd were on the path back into Malham and I took this from the other side of the wall. I could have reached out and stroked it. 
Malham Cove Limestone Pavement
The view back to Malham Cove on the way down the steps.

And some fun Malham Cove facts - Malham Cove has featured in many films and TV shows - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (although apparently it was digitally inserted...!), Wuthering Heights as well as The Trip and Julia Bradbury's Best Walk with a View. 

Where are your favourite places to visit? 





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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

UK Staycation: Anglesey, Wales

I think Wales comes second only to the Lake District in my most relaxing places to visit. I absolutely adore the place and have visited frequently over the past couple of years. 

Earlier in March, I visited Anglesey for a weekend, staying Friday to Sunday and let me tell you, it was heavenly! 

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