Helga goes in for her MOT and we cross the border into Scotland

We’ve been dreading Helga’s MOT coming up as I’m sure everyone does with their vehicles, but this was the first one since we’ve owned her. For anyone who’s not familiar with an MOT it’s basically a safety check on a vehicle in the UK and it’s a legal requirement. We always get nervous around mechanics,…

Mountain pass and idyllic camping | The Lake District

We opted to take the Honister Pass road to Buttermere Lake which turned out to be a beautiful winding road with steep mountains on either side of us. There were some lovely spots to park up and enjoy the view and one was so nice we decided to stay the night. We parked up right…

Three mountain summit hikes in the Lake District

HELVELLYN, 950m At long last the sun has returned, just for a day but heck, we were gonna make the most of it. We started with a hike up the summit of Helvellyn, which at 950m is the third highest in England. Most people approach it from Glenridding and walk the horseshoe loop around it,…

Rainbows, boat trips and beautiful valleys | The Lake District

After a week enjoying an English heatwave in the Yorkshire Dales we ended up celebrating my birthday on a miserable, rainy day. We didn’t sleep well either due to an invasion of pesky midges so instead of doing something special we just had a chore day which was fine by me. We headed into Kendal…

Meadow hikes and waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales

We arrived in the tiny village of Muker ready to do a hike in Swaledale, a gorgeous valley. The village, like all of them in the Yorkshire Dales was picture perfect; every building looked the same, built with grey stones and decorated with pretty flower boxes. Before we started we headed to the toilets but…

4 days hiking around the Peak District | England

It was our first visit to the Peak District National Park and to be honest we didn’t love the place. I don’t know if it was due to me looking at the map beforehand and realising it was surrounded by huge cities. It sort of just looked like a large communal park for the residents…

Exploring some unusual sights in Northern Wales

Holy Island was our next pit stop in Anglesey and we headed to the far north west corner to visit the South Stack lighthouse. It’s said to be one of the best places in the UK to witness sea birds, including puffins so I was rather excited. We walked through the countryside to reach the…

Idyllic beaches with mountain backdrops | Ynys Llanddwyn, Anglesey

It was our first time visiting Anglesey so we didn’t know what to expect. We headed to the west side of the rather flat island first to explore Ynys Llanddwyn and the Newborough Forest. The parking fee was so expensive so we did some research and found a free carpark that involved walking an extra…

Secret infinity pools, boating and castles in Northern Wales

Social media has been smothered with videos of people swimming in a ‘secret infinity pool’ in Snowdonia. The location is kept a secret but it’s easy enough to find if you watch the videos and scan google earth. Seeing as we swim in wild locations pretty much every day we figured we’d see what all…