Walking: West Highland Way Reflections

Walking the West Highland Way (well some of it) was incredible. However, it’s been a sore spot since I didn’t get to complete it. There were so much anticipation and excitement beforehand. It was an anti-climax when I had to come back early and take one long ol’ train journey home! Still, I’m a reflective…

Adventures: Paddling from Llanwrst to Conwy Castle

Photos: David F. One cold January, I plucked up the courage to go on a guided 22 km stand up paddle. Leaving on the river Conwy from Llanwrst and eventually joining the estuary and finishing off opposite Conwy castle. My first long distance paddle by the way and it’s the first of many! The drive…

Thoughts: Outdoors for The Greater Good

Note: all pictures apart from the featured image belongs to the people I’ve mentioned below. Over the last decade, there’s been a surge of interest in getting outdoors. I’m one of the many that has experienced the benefits of being in the natural world and I love to see people discover fresh air, and a…

Lifestyle: Hello March!

HELLO, slushy, muddy and dripping March. The big thaw they’re calling it. Although I prefer ‘Thor’ as it conjures up warmer images. 😛 Someone (maybe me) ignored the weather warning. I didn’t check the heating oil and ran out the day before the Arctic weather hit Wales and the rest of Britain! It snowballed from…

Adventures: Winter Gathering, Edale

Creative Countrysideside & team went on their travels to the Peak District… We arrived at farmhouse number three, the female badger knew where to lead us, unlike our own navigational skills! She was certainly more helpful than the annoyed guy in the bathrobe at farmhouse number 2. She darted into the blackened undergrowth as we…

Walking : 1000 miles completed 2017.

It was this time last year when I was walking like a woman on a mission, and I was, to walk 1000 miles! January was actually my favourite month out of the 12, to kick start my milage and I ended up completing 100 miles. Oh and Bel, I can’t forget about all of her…

Lifestyle: Hello December!

Last night, I ‘cwtched’ up to my hot water bottle and watched the snowflakes settle on the hills across from my bedroom window. This morning I woke up to a thick blanket of the white stuff, meaning we are snowed in until further notice.  Still, no excuses needed for snowy dog walks.  Our house is…

Walking: Ponderosa, Llangollen, with Corwen Walking Festival

Can you believe that Corwen walking festival is the first walking festival I’ve been to? Nope neither can I!  Corwen (Denbigshire) is a charming little place not far from me (Ceiriog Valley) and each year they host a walking festival to give people a taste of the wonderful walks available locally and wider a field….

Lifestyle: Hello October!

It’s been a windy season so far, we’ve had trees down, power cuts, branch littered country lanes and yet still the sun shines, the air’s warm and the birds go about their daily seed-eating business. It all seems typically British compared to what’s been going on around the rest of the world! I’ve given up…

Adventures: Glamping at Cambo Estate, Fife

I’m on a quest to find myself in some of the UK’s unusual glamping spots.   My recent glamping in Fife trip would qualify as unusual, especially when you find yourself glamping on a boat,  a boat that is tucked away in the woodlands with nearby sea views. Welcome to the Cambo Boat at the…

Walking: Maspie Den & The Falkland Estate, Fife

It was a hot June day in Fife. No one had warned me and so I came armed with thermal trousers (it’s the 2nd time I’ve been caught out this year!) Everyone skits the Scottish summer so perhaps I was really lucky to be exploring the Maspie Den and the Falkland Estate on such a…

Lifestyle: Hello August!

The evenings are filled less and less with the late night hum of tractors and combine harvesters. The last of the baby birds have flown the nest. The plums are beginning to make an appearance, ripening each and every day. The bushes are spilling out on the roads mainly because the council cut them the…