After the previous day’s sensory overload day 3 was a much quieter affair, with a trip up to the southern Lakes via Arnside and Silverdale.
We were supposed to be in the French Alps, enjoying the mountains and sunshine we postponed in 2020. But, once again, thanks to Covid-19, it wasn’t to be. Fortunately I’d had my suspicions earlier in the year and booked a back-up holiday; a road trip around the north of England. No PCR tests or quarantine required.
Mountains. Mist. Wind. My Twixmas break summed up in three words. Although I should also add fun, sociable and a good way to work off mince pies.
For the 7th year running I spent the days between Christmas and New Year with Country Adventures. And, as always, I loved everything about it; excellent walks, good food and great company.
Dungeness, in late autumn, was everything I expected it to be. A windswept and seemingly barren landscape, punctuated by power lines and quirky houses, with a nuclear power station backdrop. I loved it.
The Picos de Europa are a small mountain range in northern Spain. It’s an incredibly scenic area with jagged limestone peaks and luxuriant green meadows; a world away from the Spanish Costas. Even as I write this I’m not sure why the Picos languished for so many years on my ‘must visit one day’ list as it’s a fabulous place to visit if you like the outdoor life.