Yorkshire Three Peaks: Pen-y-ghent

Living on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, it would have been rude not to have attempted the Yorkshire Three Peaks. So attempt it we did – though not within the challenging twelve-hour time frame! Instead, we booked ourselves a pitch at Holme Farm campsite for three nights, with the aim of doing a peak a day.

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Lambs and Limestone Pavements

If you’ve seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), it’s likely you’re no stranger to the stunning limestone pavement of Malham Cove. Although it’s located only a stone’s throw from the village of Malham, we took the train to Settle and hiked from there, notching up 25km (or 43,446 steps, according to Laurence’s iPhone) on our round-trip route . . .

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Woodland Wandering: Abbeywood Gardens

Perhaps you’ve heard of Delamere Forest. Or perhaps not. Either way, let me introduce you to one of Cheshire’s hidden gems, which is tucked away in the Delamere countryside overlooking the Utkinton Hills. Besides visiting Chester Zoo and devoting an afternoon to making a delicious strawberry tart, I also visited Abbeywood Gardens with my mum during my post-exams long weekend at home in Chester.

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Chester Zoo: A Roar-some Day Out

Readers, meet Chester Zoo. Easily one of my favourite day trips – or, let’s face it, any sort of trip – Chester Zoo is the UK’s number one zoo, and I’m lucky enough to live right on its doorstep. After finishing exams at the end of last week, I decided to make an impromptu visit home (the first in four years of university) and this naturally entailed a trip to the zoo!

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A Treasure Trove of Tulips

Keukenhof is, essentially, a colourful treasure-trove for tulip-lovers. Or, as the official website proclaims: “The Garden of Europe”. Introductions aside, it’s a pleasant escape from the city centre and well worth a trip if you’re fortunate enough to be in Amsterdam at the right time – with a strong emphasis on time, as Keukenhof is only open for the two months a year when the tulips are in bloom (roughly speaking, late March to mid-May).

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Dales Way: Ilkley to Bolton Abbey

The Dales Way links Ilkley, a picturesque market town in Yorkshire, to Bowness-on-Windermere, a beautiful tourist honeypot in the Lakes, taking in 84 miles of moorland, pastures, valleys and fens along the way. Before returning home for Easter, Laurence and I decided to walk a chunk of it – and have since bookmarked the entire route for a future trip . . .

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Poppies: Weeping Window

St George’s Hall, a neo-classical architectural masterpiece in the heart of Liverpool, is currently hosting Poppies: Weeping Window, a key sculpture from the installation entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, created by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Cascading down the facade of the building are thousands of intertwined blood-red poppies, glistening with raindrops by day (such is the stereotypical British weather) and illuminated with overhead lamps by dusk.

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