Last week we took a trip away for a few days. We didn't venture too far, it was lovely to keep the travel and planning minimal but still experience the fun of exploring new places.
We stayed in a small hotel in Lydford, Dartmoor for two days and spent our time exploring the surrounding area and driving across the moors. We were lucky in many ways with the weather, as we didn't get rained on, or I should say hailed on, as it was so bitterly cold!
It seems odd to think of now that the weather has flipped back to the temperatures you expect during springtime :)
The main draw for staying in Lydford was to visit the famous gorge, the deepest in the South West, with a beautiful 30m waterfall. The stunning waterfall was just one highlight of the visit, the walk itself winds up and around the gorge and alongside the river...filled with woodland nooks and ancient trees.
We originally planned to visit late afternoon after our drive up, but we were so glad to save the trip until the next day in the end- the one hour walk to the waterfall and back for us turned into nearly four hours of meandering and stopping to take lots of pictures of the beautiful scenery. Spring is my favourite time of year, and I am so happy we were there to see the bluebells, wild garlic and lush green moss covering everything!
We enjoyed a well earned cream tea after our mini trek! How amazing is the tree pictured above!? It was near the cafe...I ducked under the branches and it really felt like being immersed in a cloud of blossom!
During that evening we enjoyed a cosy dinner at The Castle Inn, a 16th Century pub. It almost made the cold snap worth enduring for the satisfaction of a crackling fire and hot meal!
Our next day was spent on the coast at the village of Clovelly. I have wanted to go back for years, after visiting when I was young with my Mum. The sun was shining for us and it looked just as pretty as I remembered.
It was so quaint and picturesque with the steep cobbled streets of pretty cottages only accessible by foot, or donkey hooves! :)
And I couldn't not mention the gorgeous felines parading around!
After a long day of fresh air and a stop off on our way home for the fish and chips by the seaside, we were ready to head home to our own precious cats and cosy house :)