The UK

Despite it being my own country, the UK is somewhere I hadn’t explored as much as I would have liked. But 2020 forced me to take a few more staycations…

Birmingham

“If interesting architecture is your thing then Birmingham has plenty to offer. As well as the Library Building, our famous Selfridges building (see the section on shopping!), and the Bullring’s Rotunda, you might be interested in seeing The Cube, so called for it’s dice-like shape and home to a few shops, restaurants, apartments and even a hotel.

Exploring things to do and see in my home city.

Read my tips on Birmingham here.

Peak District

Having spent most of our time in the south of the park we drove a bit further north instead to the Hope Valley region where we planned to walk up Mam Tor, a large hill in the High Peak area of the park...”

Read about my 3 days spent in the Peak District here.

Yorkshire Dales

“Seeing the priory ruins in the distance, we decided to walk along the river in that direction. It was a pleasant walk and it didn’t take us long to reach the priory. We were able to look inside the chapel which is still used for services and then we walked around to explore the ruins behind the main building structure.

Find out how I spent 3 days in the Yorkshire Dales here.

The Lake District

“For our first full day in the park, we had pre-booked a return boat trip across Lake Windermere, the largest lake in the park, travelling from Ambleside to Bowness-on-Windermere. Luckily…the weather had dramatically improved…and the sun was even trying to shine!

My first ever visit to the Lake District. Find out what I got up to here.

Northumberland

“We took a circular walk heading out alongside Hadrian’s Wall, scrambling up and over some steep hills before finally emerging at Sycamore Gap where a lone sycamore tree lies in the valley between 2 hills.

Continuing my UK National Parks road trip, I visited Northumberland National Park. Read about it here.

North York Moors

“we continued to follow the road north as it opened out into beautiful hill top moorland, driving carefully to avoid the sheep milling around on the roadside or even in the road itself and stopping at pull in points to get out and enjoy the view.

Read about my 3 days exploring the North York Moors here.

Pembrokeshire Coast

“Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a park very close to my heart after visiting it at least once every year for the last 27 years…Despite all the travelling I have done the last 10 years, I am yet to find anywhere that matches the beauty of Pembrokeshire.

I revisited my favourite UK staycation destination. Read my tips on where to go and what to see here.