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…

Scrambling up Tryfan’s North Ridge | Snowdonia

Some people consider Tryfan to be the only true mountain south of Scotland. It’s rugged and rocky with a typical pyramid shape and the only way to reach the summit is by using your hands and feet. We’ve hiked it a couple times before and we loved the scramble aspect. But this time we wanted…

Wild swimming and Boating in Snowdonia

After a few miserable weather days we were delighted to wake up to the sun heating up our campervan like a greenhouse. We woke early as it was a weekend and we knew parking would be tricky so we wanted to get to our destination for the day. We managed to find a lay-by right…

Misty mountains in Snowdonia National Park | Wales

I find it hard to travel slowly when there’s a place I’m really keen to visit and I just want to get there as soon as possible. North Wales, mainly Snowdonia has been that place for me. We’ve visited a couple times before and I just love the mountains there and that’s something our roadtrip…

The western Brecon Beacon’s and Llyn Y Fan Fach

We really felt like we wanted to find a quiet spot for a few days to relax so we headed to the western corner of Brecon Beacons National Park. A fairly narrow lane wiggled it’s way up and down some hills to a beautiful location beside a river, perfect. There were two other vans camping…