Guaranteed all weather fun: Woodlands – 12/06/2022

Rides, slides, taboggan run! Guaranteed all weather fun! With the jingle playing on loop inside my head all day, Emily and I visited a childhood favourite of mine with friends. Woodlands is a small family theme park, but I think for every kid growing up in Devon in the 90s it represents a piece of nostalgia. Sunny days, too much sunscreen and scraped knees. Peak life when aged 6 to 12. Luckily the nostalgia hit, and because we all had so much fun, Emily did as well. Who doesn’t want to be a big kid for a day?

One of the “bigger” rides at good old Woodlands

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Eden Festival – 17/05/2022 to 02/06/2022

The Eden Project is something that has been on my “to visit” list ever since moving to Plymouth. It consistently ranks amongst one of the top things to see in the south west of England, and with good reason!

Like something from a sci-fi film

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Theatre of Dreams: Manchester – 25/02/2022 to 27/02/2022

At the end of February, Emily and I travelled up to Manchester to hang out with one of my University mates and his soon to be wife. We had the best time because it was a trip packed with some great food, a visit to the Theatre of Dreams and some really overdue catching up and introductions. 

The home of football

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Birthday Walk: Bridges on Dartmoor – 09/01/2022

Happy New Year! My sister celebrates her birthday in January, my sister, her husband, her family, our mum and dad, and Emily and I decided to celebrate with a walk around an old family favourite of ours: Magpie (Bedford) Bridge. Somewhere filled with fond memories of summer days long since lost, spent splashing and building dams. The weather was a bit more dreary for this walk though!

Dartmoor CAM Walks

Stock image of my memories!

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Christmas Garland at Cotehele – 04/12/2021

National Trust properties up and down the country have special events for Christmas and the festive season. We are very lucky that one of our local houses, Cotehele has its very own Christmas tradition dating back to the 1950s – the Christmas Garland.

Emily eyeing up her future home

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Bananas at Minions: Cornwall – 04/09/2021

Making the most of some of the recent September sunshine, Emily and I went out with my sister and her family to Minions in Cornwall. All being busy people, it isn’t too often that we all have calendars that align these days. And there really is nothing better than sharing a family adventure. So spending the free time we do have together is really made all the more special by being able to visit such beautiful places. All the better that they are not too far from our homes.

Beautiful Bodmin Moor

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An Old Favourite: Dartmoor – 28/08/2021

Getting a kitten and ongoing restrictions to international travel has made Emily and I pretty inactive recently. Maybe one day the world will be fully back to normal and a vanity project travel blog will feel a little less of a vanity project, but as it stands at the moment we don’t have too much motivation to post and provide updates. Over the past bank holiday Emily and I did visit one of my favourite hikes on Dartmoor however, and it was the first time she braved the ridge at Leather Tor! Slowly but surely she is catching me up on all of my old haunts. You can read about the full hike here.

Plenty of dramatic views with this hike

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Oysters and Mushrooms – The New Forest 18/06/2021 to 21/06/2021

I don’t think Emily and I have ever needed a break as much as this recent trip to the New Forest. Working from home without taking any real annual leave since moving into our new house left us needing some well deserved R&R. And with international travel still largely limited, we knew we wanted to explore a different National Park in England. So a trip to Hampshire and the New Forest it was.

To see cuties like this

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Back in London – 04/06/21 to 06/06/21

Going up to London is always a treat, especially after it feels like forever since your last visit. And to be fair it almost is. January 2019, on the way back from travelling. It seems a lifetime ago! What I didn’t miss however, was the journey. For Emily and me it was our first time driving up from Plymouth, and taking the A303 on a half term Friday was a mistake we won’t repeat again!

4 hours my ass

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Lukesland Gardens – 11/04/2021

Sometimes you find out about places purely by chance and Lukesland Gardens was one of them. Emily and I planned to go to Endsleigh Garden centre in Ivybridge and find a Dartmoor walk that started not too far away to make the best use of our Sunday. While trawling google maps for suitable parking places, points of interest and routes to walk, I stumbled across the Gardens. Intrigued, having never heard of it before, we decided to roll the dice and check it out.

Magical

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