It has been a little while since we have posted! If you are following us on Instagram, you no doubt will have seen the newest addition to our family, Colin the orange Campervan!
We are super excited to have bought a campervan, it means that we can go on lots of short adventures throughout the year and a couple of big road trips are in the pipeline!
Our first trip in January was to Exmoor, which was absolutely beautiful! My mum lives right on the edge of it, but we have never taken the time to explore as we are always distracted by the beautiful beaches in North Devon!
We only had a few days to spare, so headed towards Lynton which is right by the sea, there were some amazing views. We took a walk along the coastal path just down the road in Countisbury. It was a REALLY windy afternoon but still an amazing walk! A few minutes from our walk was a lovely dog friendly pub called The Blue Ball Inn. The staff were really friendly, as always Loki got lots of fuss!
We then headed to our campsite for the next two nights. There were a few caravans there, but we opted to park up away from the electric hook up and right next to the river, which was just amazing.
I had looked for some walks to do the following day, but on arrival the owner told us about a stunning walk right from the campsite so that’s what we did! It certainly didn’t disappoint. We walked along the river and then up in the moors, we were walking for several hours and saw just one person on a horse, which is just perfection for us! Devon even provided us with lovely blue skies (not what I expected in January).
The following day we had to make our way back towards home. We stopped off at a beach in West Quantoxhead which has a few waterfalls and in the afternoon we went for a walk in the Quantock hills.
That night we stayed just outside of Trowbridge as we were seeing a friend the following day. In the morning we did a nice walk at the White Horse hill fort in Westbury. As you can see below, the sun was too bright for Loki to open his eyes that morning!
Our second trip in January took us to the Shropshire hills. We headed for Carding Mill Valley, as it was a Sunday it was initially quite busy. We followed the trail which leads to the waterfall and then walked up in the hills which was totally deserted (may have been something to do with the strong winds…again!) After our walk we headed into the town, Church Stretton and ended up in Stretton Ale House which is a lovely little micropub serving good beers and some lovely local scotch eggs! Dogs were welcome and Loki took the opportunity for a well deserved nap!
We stayed just outside of Church Stretton that night and stopped off at Wenlock Edge for a walk before heading back to work on Monday afternoon. The walk overlooks a quarry and had some great miniature sculptures that Loki enjoyed balancing on!
I spent some time planning our final trip of January to the Brecon Beacons, unfortunately the weather was forecasted to be high winds so sadly we decided to give it a miss. Turns out we managed to get a puncture just before we were due to go away anyway, so hopefully we can rearrange that trip!
We hope you have had a great January and not had too many January blues… make the most of every month! Just send us a message if you have any questions about any of the places we have been!