“For some reason, I seemed to have forgotten just how lovely UK beaches can be, and it was so nice to have the sudden realisation that the UK really does have some beautiful spots, meaning you really don’t always need to go abroad when you want to go away.”
When I think of a mini getaway, or a weekend break, I automatically start thinking of where I can go abroad. Amsterdam? Copenhagen? Berlin? But, it rarely crosses my mind to think of anywhere in the UK – despite it generally being much more convenient to get there! So, when my family decided to have a little break away to Wales, I was so up for coming along.
We haven’t all been away together for about 6 years, so it was so nice to have the opportunity to have some quality family time, a change in scenery, as well as being close to the sea (which is something you really appreciate when you live in the middle of the country!) Unlucky for us, Storm Brian decided to make an appearance that very weekend we went away, but we didn’t let ‘him’ dampen our spirits. As you can imagine with a mini break to Wales, it was a much more slow-paced and relaxed holiday, despite there being a lot of walking involved – especially as we had my Gran’s dog, Annie, with us. Annie was a rescue dog from Dog’s Trust and has come on leaps and bounds – initially being too afraid to walk through doors, be on the lead, go on walks and get in the car. In the few months my Gran has had her, you would think she was a different dog, so it’s been so nice to see first-hand how she’s been given a new lease of life. This was her first holiday, her first time seeing the sea (that we know of) and her first time being away from home – but she absolutely loved it!
But, what really impressed me? That would be my Gran. On one of our walks (after walking for about an hour), we decided to try out a different route. Which, little to my knowledge, actually led us up an extremely high incline, that only got steeper and steeper, and went on and on. And on, and on some more. But, when I turned around to see where the others were, who was stomping up the hill right behind me? You guessed it. My Gran, folks. At 83 years of age, I think it’s a pretty big feat to see, especially as she well and truly showed the rest of us up, making us feel completely and utterly unfit. Definite goals.
Although we weren’t overly ‘wowed’ by the Gower Peninsula (although the weather probably had a factor to play in this), the surrounding beaches and walks were lovely. The beach was an 8 minute walk from the house we were staying in, and it was beautiful. In fact, it completely took me by surprise. For some reason, I seemed to have forgotten just how lovely UK beaches can be, and it was so nice to have the sudden realisation that the UK really does have some beautiful spots, meaning you really don’t always need to go abroad when you want to go away (except if you’re after guaranteed sun of course!)
So, this was a weekend full of laughs, pretty scenery, beautiful beaches, long walks, dogs(!) and country pubs all rolled into one. And it was my idea of perfection. Even though I could only get away for the weekend (they were all staying for the week), it was just what I needed to completely relax, take a break from work and blogging, forget about the everyday stresses, and come back feeling super refreshed. So, if you’re in need of just that, and you don’t want to spend lots of your hard earned money, this was ideal and ticked all the boxes.
So, I thought I’d share a few of my snaps so you can see just how beautiful the beaches really were, and to remind you that you don’t need to go abroad (no honestly, you don’t), to have a great holiday.