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 Brecon Beacon’s National Park

The weather was miserable and rainy so we decided to move on to the Talybont Reservoir area. We found a narrow lane to drive down where we hoped to camp that evening. It was only wide enough for one car and there weren’t any passing places for the 800m distance. I know it’s not too…

Cheddar Gorge and the Welsh Border

We didn’t spend long in Somerset, mainly because we were excited to get to Wales. But we did visit some family while we waited for yet another bad weather period with 50mph winds to pass over, and we did a little detour to Cheddar to visit the famous gorge. We parked up in the little…

Hiking and wild swimming in Dartmoor National Park | Cornwall

Our first stop in Dartmoor National Park was a hike to Black Tor and the Meldon Reservoir. The weather was very iffy and it didn’t take long for the rain to catch up with us. We hid under some trees but the rain was so heavy we were hardly getting any protection. We decided that…