How lucky are we to live in the UK

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A weekend in Wales

I have just returned from a weekend in Wales, Anglesey specifically.

The weather was a little against us, but we didn’t let that stop us from making the most of all Anglesey had to offer.

Somewhere behind me is Snowdonia… honestly!

We explored Beaumaris and it’s ‘Greatest castle that was never finished’ and as they go it was pretty damn impressive if not a little hairy underfoot in the previous mentioned rain!

We also explored the Dingle, a beautiful riverside walk way that eventually leads to a reservoir which was equally breathtaking. A real hidden secret.

Rierside walk Anglesey

It was while walking this route that I realised how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful country.

We discovered (not the first people ever of course!) Some stunning beaches this weekend and again I felt so blessed to be 3 hours away from such beauty.

Red Wharf Bay Anglesey

As we took the scenic route home, taking in all Snowdonia has to offer, despite the heavy rain and mist, following the river along the road just confirmed what wonders there are to be find all over the UK.

Snowdonia

Location, location, location

As we live in the Midlands, no where is too far and it made me realise that we really do need to make the most of it.

There are so many great places to visit on our doorstep, and we probably have covered most of them but it’s time to think bigger than our little county and really explore all this country of ours has to offer.

The UK bucket list

I know this is not a popular phrase with all, but if the last year has taught me anything, it’s that life is too short and we should spend all our time here making every day special rather than waiting until we have more free time, more money in the bank or waiting until the children have grown up. Filling life with experiences is what makes a full life to me.

So here it is, my UK bucket list. A list that I hope will be ever growing.

1. Cambridge

I love a list, especially when I can tick things off it straight away!

We visited Cambridge at the end of April for a weekend. I had never been before but felt it was a great place to start.

I wanted to walk down the river and see the university and get a real sense of the history around it.

I couldn’t help but be a little underwhelmed, but I think that the weather not being in our favour was instrumental in this. I’d had hopes of picnicking by the river in the sunshine and taking a punt down the river.

Not to be put off though, we do have a groupon voucher to use to do just that. So we shall return Cambridge, this time with the children and hope the sun brings out the magic I feel Cambridge in the rain was hiding.

Cambridge

 

2. Anglesey

Rob and I have always talked about sharing our childhood haunts with each other. Anglesey was the first stop. Many a childhood memory was made here thanks to my Great Grandparents home being here. We spent time here as children and it was magical. It was really important I got to share this with Rob.

We were able to explore a huge amount of the Island very easily given its size. We also did it relatively cheaply. Our only costs were parking and entrance to Beaumaris Castle and at just over £14 for 2 adults. I didn’t think it was too bad. We’d have stayed much longer and probably had our picnic there if the weather had been better.

There is so much to see that you really don’t need to spend a lot of money. We saw some beautiful beaches, there is of course plenty of walks and costal walks to discover and historical sites to explore. I didn’t actually expect to enjoy looking round burial chambers but there is something really special about them.

I am keeping this one on the list because there is so much more I want to see and do but with the children next time.

 

3.Bourton-on-the-Water

I have been here a few times over the last few years, but again childfree. Now if you’ve ever been on a nice day you’ll no doubt have seen lots of children playing in the water and I think it is so lovely. I am desperate to take the children and let them enjoy being kids. Plus the smell of the fish and chip shops and the water on your feet and you could feel as if you’re at the seaside!

It is one of the prettiest places I have visited in the UK and if it wasn’t for all the tourists I’d live there!

Bourton-On-The-Water

 

4.London

Now if you know me at all, you’ll know I love London. I love the history and the fact that around every corner is something wonderful to see. (Plus the Queen lives there and it makes it easier to stalk her!)

F and I have been loads of times but I’d really like to take the girls on a tour of my favourite place.

Buckingham Palace

 

5.Oxford

Like Cambridge,I am really keen to explore Oxford. I have been many times before but I have never seen anything other than the insides of relatives houses.

Let’s just hope we get a better day than we did in Cambridge!

 

6. Norfolk

I have recently read a lot of blogs from Lyndsey at Me, Him, The dog and a baby and it has really made me want to go back. I think I was 10 or 11 when I last went but there is so much to do there, plus it’s so pretty.

Maybe a little camping trip is needed Mr P??

 

7. Liverpool

I went to Liverpool for the first time last year and I loved it. I was hoping to do lots of sight seeing but I needed a dress for our blessing the next day so poor F got dragged around every shop I could think of, Poor kid!

Liverpool

So this summer I am going back and taking F and my Dad with me. My Dad’s side of the family hail from Liverpool way back and he is also a huge fan of the Beatles. We did go to the Cavern club last time we were there and I can’t wait to share how amazing the place is with my Dad.

The Cavern Club

 

8. York

Again, this is somewhere I have visited with my parents, I was probably around 16 at the time and maybe didn’t really appreciate it as much as I should have done. But everyone always tells me how wonderful it is. I do remember loving the Jorvik Viking centre though and I know the children will to.

 

9.Belfast

This one may not be possible this year but it will remain on the list. I have never been to Ireland at all but have always wanted to.

More than ever now since watching Game of Thrones. I really want to go and do all the tours and see these iconic places for real.

 

10. Bath

Another place that seem’s like somewhere I should have been but haven’t. I do love these old City’s. They have so much to offer and gives the history lover in me some fascinating insights in to the country we live in.

 

There are of course many many other places I have either visited before that I want to go back to and or that I am yet to discover. But let’s take it one mini bucket list at a time.

And that’s before I even think about my Worldwide Bucket list!

 

Whats on your bucket list? Of the places I have listed above do you have any recommendations or blogs on them that you can share with me? I am always looking for new places and inspiration.

 

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97 thoughts on “How lucky are we to live in the UK

  1. Great post. I live in Belgium and am thinking of relocating… Your post has given me that reminder that the UK really is a beautiful place.
    I climbed Snowdon when I was 6 years old and it’s still on my ‘proudest memories’ list.
    I also love lists so you’ve inspired me to make a places to visit Bucket List (starting with one for Belgium before we relocate).

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    1. Thank you so much. I love living here so much.

      6 years old!! That’s really impressive, that should definitely be top of that list.

      Belgium is beautiful though, I’ve visited a couple of times and it’s on my world bucket list x x

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  2. Great post! It’s comforting to see that all that I have read about the English countryside is true!
    It has been my lifelong dream to visit the UK and I will now put into place an action plan for my visit there.

    Loved the humor too! But I think the Queen is safe!

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  3. The UK is really an amazing place to live and we really are so lucky to have so many gorgeous places to visit – I think we only began to truly appreciate it once we had lived in Asia for four years and then returned!

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  4. Great photos! I used to live in the UK for 5 years in my twenties. I love it there and visit frequently. Bourton-on-the-Water is somewhere I used to go to a lot with my Grandmother – she loved it there 🙂 So much beauty and I can’t wait to finally take my husband over for a visit 🙂

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  5. I live close to you. Bloody landlocked we are too! I don’t mean to moan but we are the furthest from the sea which is depressing.

    I’d love to visit Cambridge and Oxford properly. In the theme of both Canterbury is just beautiful. I took my mom on a punt there last year, she loved it! Even got her straw hat out!

    In Kent, sandwich is also a lovely place, you can climb to the top of the church steeple (if you aren’t terrified of heights and are a big claustrophobic wuss like me) and I think you can see France on a good day (or did I make that up?😕).

    I’m visiting Liverpool later this month! I too have been to the cavern many years ago and it was so atmospheric and brilliant. I need to look into where to go!

    Great post! Loved it! 😘

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    1. Where abouts are you?

      I’m just looking for an air bnb for the first weekend in July. It’s hard for the 5 of us. But there is no point in camping for just one night, too much bloody hassle 😂😂

      Plus this weather needs to sort itself out! No point in going anywhere until it does 😭

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      1. Begins with ‘B’ and ends in ‘M’!

        I’m going last weekend in June. Managed to find a cheep hotel right in the centre and got train booked in advance! I realise I’m only paying for myself…it gets expensive with children I would imagine. Weather or no weather I need a damn break! X

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  6. Oh I LOVE Snowdonia. I stayed in a gorgeous cottage literally in the middle of the mountains a few years ago and it was breathtaking. The only one here I wouldn’t agree with is London. But that’s cos I live 20 minutes away from London, I’ve seen it all and I hate it haha! I really want to go to Bath and I’m hopefully going to stay with a blogging friend this year who lives in Bath!

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    1. I used to love in London as a nanny when I was 19 and I just loved it. I know I couldn’t live there now though. I just love all the history of it.

      Snowdonia is so much prettier than I remember it to be. I’d love to stay right in the thick of it.

      Hope you have an amazing time exploring Bath x

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  7. WOW! I absolutely love all the pictures. Makes me really want to go. I guess when we live somewhere so long we ignore the beauty. There is so much beautiful things around us that we can enjoy if we allow it. I agree we have to explore and stop worrying so much about stacking money in the back. We only have so long to live so we might as well enjoy it. 🙂

    -Ashley (The Irish Twins Momma)

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  8. Kent should be on your bucket list! We are the Garden of England plus we have beautiful castles, catherdrals and beaches! Am I selling it to you? hehe
    I really love living in the UK. As a family we’ve decided to have more staycations in the UK. We’ve had some amazing trips travelling to some of our fantastic cities.

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  9. Fish and chips by the stream in Bourton on the Water is legendary! Bird Land is good there too. Yay to a bucket list – why not. Xx

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  10. I’ve lived in Scotland, England and Wales and they were all great in their own ways. Would love to go back to Cardiff, and would love to make it all the way down to Cornwall. Here in Scotland, the Outer Hebrides are on my Bucket List.

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  11. Love this! People tend to be so down on the UK, but it genuinely has some of the most incredible scenery, history, architecture, art… We’re off to Norfolk in a few weeks and can’t wait!

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  12. I’m lucky to live 10-15 minutes from the Lake District! We do enjoy travelling to other parts including north and south Wales, London, Scotland and Yorkshire to name just a few.

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  13. I went to University in Bangor so I love Snowdonia. I am used to seeing it in all weathers. My grandfather come from the Cotswolds so I also know Bourton on the Water quite well. Last year we were lucky enough to take a cruise right round the British Isles and visited Jersey and the Orkney Isles.

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  14. I haven’t been to Belfast or Anglsea but I have done the others on your list. Cambridge is beautiful … even in the rain but you need info so you know where to go. Google what to do in (town of choice) when it rains, you will be amazed how much there is when you know. A romantic punt with a bottle of fizz and strawberries on a summers day is lovely a midnight tour. Exhibits of students art at the end of exams is a sight to see, finishing with a meal at Browns. Or a moving shakespear performed in the great halls and church yards. Atmospheric and magical, I hope you try again. Add Bury St Edmunds and Lavenham a stones throw from each other in Suffolk, small but perfectly formed.

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