Lake District: Epic fail

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I finally made the trip to the Lake District in December, something I had been getting round to for pretty much the whole of 2021.

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I had woken up a little later than usual this morning so spent the morning catching up with my online work, taking a shower and getting ready before booking my train tickets. The earliest train I could make at this point was the 11.01am and the return ticket I chose was 17.08pm, which all seemed quite reasonable at the time of booking. That was until I got to the train station and realized I had to make two changes and not one as I initially thought. This meant I wasn’t going to arrive until 1pm. Still, I felt optimistic that 4 hours in the lake district was a reasonable amount of time.

A cruise to see nothing and the most expensive pee’s ever!

On arrival I discovered I had just missed a bus and had to wait 20-minutes for the next one. Anyway, I was still feeling optimistic as I had a few hours remaining.

I had no real plans so when the bus turned up I just purchased a £8.50 day rider with the idea of jumping off whenever I see anything of interest. We arrived at Bowness Pier it looked beautiful, so this was where I jumped off and at this point I really needed to use the ladies. Luckily enough there where some public toilets to use, but not without charge. £1.50 to have a pee! And the cheeky buggers take card payments too!🤣 This was the most expensive pee ever!

Anyway, Bowness lake was beautiful (shown in above picture), I should have stayed here and explored, but my irrational thinking this day lead to me going on a 45- minute return boat cruise to lakeside.

It was a nice cruise but really didn’t see anything on the cruise apart from a few houses of interest and trees.

When I arrived at Lakeside I asked one of the crew members what time the last boat back was. He explained, that this was the last boat back and it was boarding in 10-minutes. So, basically I paid £14.50 to see nothing! It was my own fault for not checking before hand🤷🏿‍♀️.

I managed to take this shot down a little village lane before having to head back on board for the 45 minute journey back.

By the time I got back to Bowness It was pretty much time to head back to the train station, but not without having another £1.50 pee. I honestly can’t believe the cost to take a pee here! Can you imagine the cost for a family of four! It would cost £6 😮.

Anyway, enough about pee’s. I think it’s fair to say, this trip was a little bit of a failed trip, but it taught me to be more prepared for next time. I did return to the lake district better prepared and had a more successful trip, which I will share with you in my next blog.

Thanks for visiting today

Stay blessed 🙏🏾

Natalie ❤

Stoke-On-trent: Trentham Estate

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Stoke-on-Trent is another one of our cities, it is situated in the centre of England, Staffordshire. It is often referred to as simply ‘Stoke’ and is the biggest settlement in Staffordshire. It is known for it’s pottery industry and has a number of art galleries and museums dedicated to this.

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It was just after another lockdown when I visited here. Needless to say, there were many places still closed and the city was incredibly quiet. I knew this would be the case before I arrived, but I had just found a fantastic £2 return train ticket deal with Northern. It was an offer I couldn’t resist.

After researching and discovering many places were still closed, I discovered Trentham Estate.

Trentham Estate

The Trentham Estate is in the village of Trentham on the edge of Stoke city. It occupies 725 acres of nature and one of its main attractions is the award-winning gardens.

Trentham Gardens

This historic garden is one of the best in the UK. It offers a vast contemporary perennial of plantings and is absoulety stunning to walk around.

The garden has been designed in an Italian style garden, in the framework of Sir Barry’s 19th century Italianate garden.

At the back of the gardens stands the remains of Trentham hall. The parts of the remains date back to 1833-42.

It was a bit eerie

It was a little eerie here, I’m not really sure how to describe the feeling. Nothing really happened, but I had the strangest feeling I was being watched and suddenly felt a bit spooked out. I mean, I feel like I should make a disclaimer here, so please consider this as a disclaimer. It was a rainy day and I suddenly found that everyone had disappeared, therefore I was here alone for a short while. I was enjoying my time and everything was fine until I stood at the hall taking my pictures, this was when I got the strange eerie feeling. But who knows maybe a just got spooked out because I was alone in such a huge unfamiliar space🤷🏿‍♀️.

Nonetheless I thoroughly enjoyed my time here. Its such a beautiful tranquil place.

The Lake

The lake here is at the centre of the gardens, it is actually the first place you arrive at as you go through the entrance, so immediately your surrounded by the natural beauty. The walk around the lake gives views of the River Trent and leads to the woodlands and the wildflower meadows.

Other things to do here

There are lots more things to do here at Trentham gardens such as the fairy trail, the children’s playground, boat trips, the tree top adventures, the monkey forest and trentham shopping village. See here to discover more about The Trentham Estate.

Thank you for visiting my blog today

Stay blessed 🙏🏾

Natalie ❤

North Yorkshire:Bolton Abbey

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Hi there, hope everyone is good.

This post is going to be about Bolton Abbey, a place I visited on the day I visited Malham Cove.

Did you read my last post on Malham Cove? If not and your considering visiting here you may want to take a look at the post as the two are within only a half an hour drive from each other.

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Location

Bolton Abbey is a village and civil parish in North Yorkshire, England, near the little market town of Skipton and is situated on the border of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Things to do here:

Priory Church and Ruins

There are a number of things to do and see in Bolton Abbey, but the main attraction is the Priory Church and Ruins.

The church and its ruins are of an Augustinian Priory which had be given to Augustinian Canons (A Roman Catholic Order group) in 1154 by Alice de Rumilly, a lady of craven and Skipton, who had inherited the area. The Canons lived here until it was stripped of its assets during the dissolution of the monasteries.

This is a perfect place for escaping the 21st century and getting a glimpse of some incredible views.

Walk along the stepping stones

There are 60 stepping stones here which have become the challenge for visitors to take. I sat this one out as I had just almost broke my neck after stumbling at the top of malham Cove earlier this day.

The stones used to be the crossing point for the lay workers who worked at the priory. Can you imagine having to cross these everyday to get to and from work?

Just North of the stones is a large popular beach. This is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the surrounding views and views of the priory.

A walk to the Valley of Desolation & Simon’s Seat

The valley is linked with the River Wharfe. There is a beautiful waterfall and the walk can be continued where visitors will arrive at Simon’s seat where they experience beautiful views.

Other things include

Strid Wood and the Strid which is an ancient woodland

Flora and Fauna, a wildlife habitat

Burden Tower, a ruin which was a hunting lodge

The Aqueduct bridge that stands over the river Wharfe

Have a walk around the quaint Bolton Abbey Village. The village has a number of cute cottages, tea rooms, a book store, a post office and a steam railway.

Tickets

The Bolton Abbey Estate is open from 9am to 5pm, tickets are £10- £12.50

For more information visit here

Hope you enjoyed the blog today

Many thanks for stopping by

Stay blessed 🙏🏾

Natalie ❤

Yorkshire Dales National Park: Malham Cove

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Yorkshire Dales National Park is an area that covers most of the Yorkshire dales, England.

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It is filled with hay valleys, waterfalls, beautiful woodlands and greenery, dry stone walls, scattered remains of the past industries and is home to over 1,000 farms. It is by far one of the most beautiful landmarks of the country, so its hardly surprising it was named ‘The best National Park in Europe on the TripAdvisor website.

There are so many places to visit here such as Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, Hardraw Force Waterfall, Whernside Moutains and the white Scar Cave but one of its most popular sites is Malham Cove.

Malham Cove

Malham Cove is a huge cliff formation of limescale rock that stands around 80 meters high and 300 meters wide.

The top of it is of deep groved eroded limescale slabs of pavement, that I must add is incredibly slippy on a rainy day if your wearing the wrong footwear like I did 🙄.

Harry Potter

The top of Malham Cove (pictured above) is also featured in the movie Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. So if you’re a Harry Potter fan, this would be an more fantastic experience.

The surrounding area is so serene with the beautiful sounds of water running through the streams.

Thanks for stopping by today

I hope you enjoyed my short blog on Malham Cove. I didn’t get to visit any of the other attractions, but hopefully I will revisit soon and share with .

Stay blessed

Natalie ❤

Haworth:The Independent Shops Of Haworth

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Hi everyone! I’m back with the third and final post on the little magical village of Haworth. Without its characteristic little independent shops it wouldn’t be quite as magical, so I thought I would dedicate a blog featuring a few of them. If you do visit here, do try to support them as independent businesses need our help more than ever. Did you read my first and second posts about Haworth?

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The benefits of shopping at independent businesses

-They provide a much friendlier service and value their customers alot more. They see you as a valuable customer and not just a number.

-You support them financially and by showing your love and support they get to continue the work they do. By doing this you also create jobs in the local areas.

-Items are more likely to be sustainable. They use more responsible practices and often use sustainable suppliers.

-Your more likely to find something weird and quirky because they do not follow what’s trending and order in mass amounts of items. Their items are usually more traditional, therefore the items are alot rarer.

-Your more likely to find quality items because they focus on quality and not quantity.

The Cabinet Of Curiosities

Apothecary shop, it sells handmade soaps and Bath powders, blended oils, gifts and lots of exciting Curiosities. They have an online store if your curious to see what else is inside, take a look here

Wuthering Arts

A gallery and gift shop selling original paimtings, original prints, cards, mugs, coasters, colouring books and plenty more. Visit their website to see and find out more here.

Eden

Offers ethically sourced vegan/ cruelty free skincare and beauty products at affordable prices. They have an online shop if you fancy seeing and finding out more about their products, just click here.

Mrs Beighton’s Sweet Shop

Mrs Beighton’s is a popular old traditional sweet shop. They have over 500 varieties of sweets available which will quite possibly leave you spoilt for choice. Get a glimpse of what they have to offer on their website .

Modo & Co

This quirky little shop offers items from wall art, signs, candles, cushions, plaques, cake toppers, teddy bears, mirrors and blankets etc. What’s really incredible about this place is that they use waste products and left overs to turn them into beautiful products. How cool! Visit their website to see what they have to offer.

Oh La La Vintage

Oh La La is a fashion vintage shop selling 1920s, 1940s, 1960s to 1980s fashion and accessories.

Hatchard and Daughters

Hatchard and Daughters is a second hand book shop that was established in 1988. It has a wide variety of books, antiquarian books which feature the Brontës.

Sonia’s Smile

Sonia’s smile is a shop that focuses their attention on fair trade. They not only do this through their products, but also raise the awareness of fair trade through events and campaigns. Visit their website to find out more about their products and work.

The Souk

The Souk is an exciting vintage house full of treasured clothing and jewellery of the past to discover.

Picture Perfect

Picture perfect is a photography store that offers photos of Haworth and the beautiful Bronte countryside on canvas, acrylic glass and framed pictures. Check out their beautiful collections on their website

Origin8

Origin8 is a traditional gift shop that offers gifts from beautiful plants, candles, antiques, fragrances, jewellery and bags etc. Visit their website to see some of their beautiful gifts available.

Pretty Penny

Pretty penny is a cute boutique shop home,fashion and gift shop that’s supports ethical, fair trade and sustainable products.

I’ve only featured 12 shops here, but there are plenty more unique shops and businesses here to discover.

I hope you have enjoyed my series of blogs on Haworth. Stay tunned for more places.

Thanks for reading

Stay blessed

Natalie ❤

Haworth: A Brontë Adventure

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Hi everyone! Hope you’re all enjoying the holidays and it’s been filled with love, joy and valuable time with your loved ones. Happy New Year! Wishing you all the very best for 2022! 🎊🎊

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This blog is a continuation from my previous blog post, only this time I want to take you through the Brontë Adventure. As I mentioned previously in my last blog, this was home to the Brontë sisters . The novelists lived here from 1820 to 1855 and the place was a source of inspiration for some of their writings.

Haworth has become one of the favourite UK tourist attractions due to its beauty and connection with the Brontë sisters. You can see all the monuments and connections to the family around this little village and ‘The Brontë Country’

Things to do for a Brontë Adventure

See The Brontë Country

‘The Brontë Country’ is a name given to an area including Haworth in the South Pennine hills in West Bradford.

Do The Brontë Falls and Top Withens Walk

Brontë Falls is a colourful area with beautiful waterfalls and Top Withens is an old ruined farmhouse which is a feature in Emily Brontë’s book Wuthering Heights.

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

One of the most unique ways to see the Brontë Country is on a steam train from The Keighley and Worth Valley railway.

If you want to make it a full day trip, it is recommended to purchase the Rover day tickets. These tickets allow you unlimited travel for the full day. With these tickets you have the freedom to hop on and off all the stops along the line, they also include free entry into the Museum of Rail Travel and The Bahamas Locomotive Society Exhibition. In addition to this Return tickets and single tickets are available to purchase. For more information visit here

Visit The Haworth Parish Church

The Michael and All Angels Church is the third reconstructed Church on the site. The church was built between 1879 and 1881, though some parts including the tower survived earlier times. The church has historic ties with the Brontë family as Patrick Brontë (The father of the sisters) served as a minister here between 1820 and 1861.

The Old School Room

The Old School Room is located right next to the church and is one of the most historical buildings tied to the family. The School was built in 1832 by Patrick Brontë and all of his famous daughters taught here. For more information about the history visit here

Visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum

This is the home where the Brontë sisters grew up and wrote their famous books. It has been kept mostly the same since they lived here displaying many of their personal possessions. You can learn a lot about the sisters here from the artifacts and exhibitions. For more information you can visit here

Other things to visit

The Main Street

Haworth’s main street is a cute cobbled Street filled with independent shops, cafés, pubs and features some of those cute houses I featured in my last post.

Central Park, Haworth

The park is a lovely green space and has some beautiful views over the village, pretty flower beds and a children’s play are.

Hope you enjoyed my post today

Thank you for visiting

Natalie ❤

Haworth: One of the most instagramable fairytale villages

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Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all have a fantastic holiday, blessings to you and all your families ⛄🎄🎁. I thought I’d save this introduction of this beautiful place for the Christmas week, because like Christmas it brings such a magical and fairytale vibe.

Haworth is a little village in the city of Bradford. It was home to the famous Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne who were the writers of classical books such as Jayne Eyre, Agnes Grey, The tenant Of Wildfell Hall and Wuthering Heights. It is also the filming location of The Railway Children A film from 1970, tho admittedly I’m not very familiar with and still have not got round to watching.

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If you have been following my blog you may have read my blog Hebden Bridge: One of the most prettiest towns in Europe well, Haworth is only 20-minutes by car or a 30-minute bus ride away. I would definitely recommend visiting both places for a perfect day out.

I felt like I had just stepped into a fairytale book

I had been wanting to visit here for quite sometime after looking at various pictures on Instagram, thinking how fairytale like it looked and how I’d love to visit. And now I was finally here feeling completely mesmerised at how much it really did resemble the pages of a story book.

The main cobbled street was filled with the cutest independent shops, pubs and houses all with their own unique touches. It was one of those experiences where I truly felt like I had just stepped back in time.

How cute are these houses?

There are so many cute homes here, I wanted to photograph many of them, but that was too extreme so here are just a few.

The pubs and and a not so pretty sight. She put a stop to my fairytale mode! 🤣🙈

Haworth has some lovely pubs to experience, the one I chose to go in was the Haworth Old Hall.

Technically I didnt choose to go here, I just couldn’t be bothered to walk after missing the bus and this was recommended to me by a lovely local woman. This was of course after we had just been mortified by having to see a womans bum in the middle of the street. Yes I’m being serious! A woman actually stepped off a bus, whipped her skirt up and pulled down her tights and underwear to have a pee! 🙈

Anyway, back to the pub. The local lady who I shared the mortifying moment with told me the bus wasn’t due for another hour. She pointed to this pub and told me they do nice coffee and hot chocolate so I decided to go in. And I’m so glad I did.

The place was so warm from the moment I walked in. The staff here are so friendly and welcoming, this is accompanied by the beautiful decor and the open log fires, its such a lovely atmospheric place.

The pub is also one of the oldest in the village and dates right back to 1621.

Here are some other lovely looking pubs I spotted whilst here.

I can’t wait to share more about this place in my next blog, but I like to keep my blogs short and sweet so I’ll save the rest for another blog.

Thanks for reading

Stay blessed

Natalie ❤

Llandudno: Picture Postcards from Llandudno

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Hi, hope everyone is doing good.

Here’s a collection of photos taken from my trip to Llandudno. You can see and find out more about Llandudno in previous posts here and here

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Have a great week and stay blessed x

Photos shot from the beach

Not sure if the yellow building is a house or hotel. How beautiful does it Look?

One thing I really admire, houses/hotels built on hills and there are plenty here.

Notice all the pastel coloured hotels. This is because when someone purchases a business here they have to choose a pastel colour from a charter.

Views walking towards The Great Orme

Views from the top of The Great Orme

St Tudno’s Church

Llandudno: A real wonderland

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Since I revisited Conwy, it was only right I visited Llandudno again, especially since there so close by. ( You can read more about my first visit here). Its only a 13-minute car drive away, 22-minute train ride away, or you could catch the tour bus, like I did. If your visiting one consider visiting the other as they are both worth the small journey.

Like Conwy, the first time I visited I didn’t have enough time to explore properly, so this time I got to enjoy it alot more.

The real wonderland of Alice

Llandudno is the place where the real Alice (Alice Liddell) used to holiday. The Alice who Lewis Carroll based his famous book Alice in Wonderland on.

There are many features of the book all around. The Alice in wonderland trails map and souvenir can be purchased at the tourist centre. I never did this, however I did visit Happy Valley, which has a few of the featured trails.

Happy Valley

This place took me right back to my childhood years. So Cute!

I couldn’t help but think, how my eight year old self would have loved to have explored the trail. I loved the story as a child.

Thank you for visiting my blog today, stay tuned for more.

Stay blessed

Natalie ❤

Hebden Bridge: One of the most prettiest towns in Europe.

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Hebden bridge is a small market town situated in the upper Calder Valley of West Yorkshire, England. For anyone on a visit to Leeds, Bradford or Manchester this is a perfect place to visit nearby.

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A pleasant surprise

This was a place I actually visited unintentionally. I was on my way to a place in Bradford and had to get off the train here to catch a bus when I noticed how beautiful it was. To put it one way, It was enough to turn my head and make me want to explore it on my way back which was exactly what I did.

Here are a few interesting about Hebden Bridge:

Named one of the prettiest towns in Europe

This little town often makes all kinds of lists everywhere, here are just a few to mention. This year it has been named one of “the most beautiful places in the UK” by Daffodil Hotel. “One of the worlds funkiest towns” by British Airways Magazines and Culture trip calls it “The Greatest Town in Europe”.

It is one of the best places to go shopping in independent shops

You’ll rarely see a chain store here. Instead, you’ll find an array of independent shops that will meet everthing you require. Its actually a nice change from the usual chain stores that sell all the same things.

It is known for its welcoming atmosphere, quirkiness and creativity

In the 1970s a large number of people moved here. A fair proportion of them were hippies who migrated here due to the cheap housing at that time bringing their creativity and quirkiness with them. Since then this little town has been thriving and attracting thousands of visitors.

Its close to the countryside

Its right next to the countryside and whatever direction you take your sure to end up in the beautiful surrounding nature. One of the most popular destinations to go for a hike is hardcastle crags which I didnt, but definitely plan to next time.

Used to be known as “Trouser Town”

Once upon a time it was known as “The trouser town” of the UK, this was due to it becoming the centre of garment-making, but mostly popular for working mens trousers.

The lesbian capital of the UK

It has been claimed by the stats that more lesbian people per head live here more than anywhere else in the UK.

Honestly, I dont think my pictures do this place much justice. Not only is it a pretty quirky place, but I found it to be much more bohemian than other market towns. I’d love to go back and photograph it probably and spend more time there. As I mentioned earlier, I visited on my way back from somewhere else therefore did not have much time here.

Recommendation

I has lunch at a place called Aya Sophia, a lovely family-run restaurant right in the centre of the town. The serves a Greek and Mediterranean cruisine with authentic dishes. I would highly recommend this place, not only a beautiful place, but offers a fantastic menu with a great service and atmosphere.

What do you think of Hebden Bridge?

Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope you have enjoyed the post.

Stay blessed and have a pleasant day

Natalie ❤x