17 January 2017 • travel
Here's how to have the perfect Lake District staycation, discovered in December on a trip to the village Baycliff.
- Go with on a three hour hike
- Get your feet stuck in the sand, and fall in puddles in the dark.
- Find the Buddhist temple.
- Head to the beach, and feel the rippling calm.
- Go to the local pub, eat glorious homemade food, drink wine, and laugh lots.
16 January 2017 • yorkshire
What's the best antidote for the January blues? For me, it's got to be getting outdoors. I always have to remind myself how lucky I am residing in Leeds and having friends and family in North Yorkshire, to be so close to some absolutely astoundingly beautiful wanders.
So today, on this bluest of Mondays I thought I'd list some of my favourites...
1// Aysgarth Falls
Drive through Leyburn to Aysgarth Falls! Walk along the river banks, pop down on to the little beaches, and witness the force of the hydra. Make sure to veer by West Burton Falls while you're up this way too, and also Hawes - a dreamy little town filled with cutesy cafes, shops and waterfalls.
2// Druids Temple
When the sunshine streams through the trees, this place just feels a magical. There's also the sweeping views of the reservoir below, that enhance its meditative and breathtaking qualities. Oh, and there's The Bivouac nearby, which is a glamping hotspot and also a great venue for a coffee!
Drive through the Dales, past the dry stoned walls, over to Reeth! Walk and talk, and maybe even stop in the village of Low Row nearby for probably one of the best views I've ever seen!
Go to the stunning village of Osmotherley, drive to the Sheepwash and walk around the reservoir. It's somewhere I always return to because of how beautiful it is! From here you can drive up over the Yorkshire Moors, see the purple heather, and get a sweeping view of the surrounding valleys.
Head here and peruse the shops of this market town, then drive down to the Station cinema, park up and walk over this gorgeous bridge towards Easby Abbey and back round again. Make sure to stop in to the Station for a cup of tea afterwards!
6// Sutton Bank
This picture doesn't do it justice in the slightest. Drive up and up and up to Sutton Bank - it's a lovely walk, from which you can see the whole of the Tees valley. It's also an official Dark Sky Discovery Site, one of two in the North York Moors. There's also a cracking tearoom by the car park!
7// Lake Gormire
Near Sutton Bank is the mystical Lake Gormire, tucked away in the woodland. Walk around the water, climb the trees, and stop in at the Carpenter's Arms for a pint after you're done!
8// Ribblehead Viaduct
I've only been here when the wind was howling, and the rain was pouring, so I'd like to go back when the weather's slightly less bleak! But, just at look at that view...
Where do you like to go?
the remainder of the weekend / leeds 15.01.17
Happy Sunday! I've just got back from a fleeting weekend trip to London. It was really nice to see everyone again, and to go to a pie party (which is quite possibly the best theme for a social occasion that's ever been). Herne Hill is my new favourite area of the capital, and I think I'd like to move there, be a yummy mummy (minus the children), eat brunch, and go to the farmer's market every Sunday... Seriously.
This week I've written about embracing lagom - a word which very roughly translates as 'not too much, not too little' - and my trip to Edinburgh last year!
On the train back today I read an article about wearable technology increasing the productivity of workers... Monitoring body language, tone of voice, and even the sleeping habits of employees is apparently the new way certain companies are now ensuring contentment in the workplace. I read this, and immediately felt panicked - how is this the world we live in? Constant surveillance grooming us into robo-humans, consumed by work. No thanks. Thoughts?
Elle's new year unresolutions
Katie tells us how to be more productive / the Pomodoro technique has definitely been working for me today!
Liv in Australia / seriously making me want to jet down under again! Loving her aesthetic and photographs as per usual.
Hannah wonders if you need to be good at photography to be a great blogger / something I've been thinking about a lot lately!
Fresh air is good for the soul / Rhianna hits the nail on the head with this one!
a recipe for happiness from sophie
I love interviews with inspiring women, which is why i'm enjoying Stephie's series lots
Discovering Scotland: the Isle of Eigg on jiminy
Binge listening to Lena Dunham's Women of the Hour podcast
Laura Marling's new music
Easy breezy lovely folk.
What have you been up to this week?
just the right amount
Following the hype surrounding hygge, lagom appears to be the buzzword of the moment. It's a Swedish word, untranslatable in English, which means roughly 'enough to go around.' A balanced life. For me, it embodies the spirit of minimalism - mindful consumption, decluttering, slow living.
Slow living. Christ, isn't that what we all need a bit more of? I wrote before about wanting to get offline a little more, yet I still feel the zaps of a million things-to-do zizzling around my brain.
Here are some ways we can embrace lagom:
Walk and breathe.
Savour the taste
Don't overindulge, but enjoy.
The paper, a book, or whatever you like that's not a screen.
Tidy your spaces
Be brutal with disposing of unnecessary items.