Spring is just around the corner and if you’re like us, you may have already started planning a few upcoming getaways. In April, we are spending a long weekend in Wales and are already making notes of a few things to see and do.
It’s got me thinking of the places we’ve explored so far in the UK and where we’d still like to go. We have definitely fallen in love with the English countryside, and thankfully there is so much of it to see. Before moving here, I thought I knew the UK fairly well, having spent summers here as a child. But it wasn’t long before I started hearing about places I had never been. For example, I had no idea that my grandmother loved to take summer caravan vacations in the Lake District. The moment I heard of the rolling hills and beautiful lakes, it was high on my list.
After a couple of nights in Liverpool we drove further north into Cumbria, stopping at the Birdoswald Roman Fort, to see part of Hadrian’s Wall.
To make a long story short, Hadrian’s Wall is a Roman fortification that began construction in 122 AD. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and runs about 80 miles long, across the UK. Historians are not entirely sure why it was built, but records show that Emperor Hadrian planned the construction (which took about 6 years) to separate the Romans and “the barbarians”. It’s located in a beautiful piece of countryside and the ancient wall gives the area an historical charm – even though that was far from its original purpose.
We eventually arrived in the tiny town of Hesket Newmarket, where we found Howbeck Farm. This is where we had booked to stay for another Feather Down Farm holiday. We had booked through the same company last summer in Cornwall and had loved the experience.
We arrived rather late, so we decided to take the short stroll into town, to The Old Crown pub. It was an adorable little place that was packed with people! We were thankful to find a table in the back and enjoy a lovely hot meal.
We had another great experience with Feather Down Farms. The hosts at Howbeck Farm were wonderful and had lots of fun animals for the girls to interact with. They spent most of the time cuddling the adorable bunnies.
The cabins are so pleasant and comfy and we love getting the warm, freshly baked bread in the morning, to go with our English breakfast, made with farm-fresh products. The mornings and evenings around the wood burning stove are where family memories are made.
Pizzas from the stone oven aren’t bad either…and we had a chance afterwards to go on a tractor ride to feed hundreds of sheep, and to see the horses and Highland cattle.
It was definitely another wonderful ‘glamping’ experience for our family. But it wasn’t just about the time spent on the farm. We were in a beautiful part of the country, and we were ready to do a lot of exploring, which I’ll share in my next post!