A life less complicated

Having reached a crossroads in my life I am choosing to step off the treadmill that is my busy life and take time out to travel.  On October 5th 2017 I set off with my Springer Poppy in our motorhome (subsequently swapped for a caravan) ‘freedombird’ initially to explore the remote beauty of the UK coastline and then – well let’s see……

For our earlier adventures in Cornwall from October 5th 2017 to February 10th 2018 click here Cornish times

Inland to Witton Country Park….

A lovely sunny day, all day – our favourite kind of day. Today we are off to visit my Auntie in Blackburn with a stop off at Witton Country Park to keep Poppydog happy.

A lovely big park on the outskirts of Blackburn, as you might expect on a lovely Autumn day, the park was very busy around the play areas, with games of hockey, rugby and football all being on played on the relevant pitches, as well as children running around kicking footballs and riding bikes – so it was Poppydog heaven or hell, depending on which way you look at it! However, as is always the case once you get past all this activity, a whole empty park beckoned.

We enjoyed a stroll around the park.

And then a lovely afternoon catch up with my Auntie, who I haven’t seen for quite some time – perfect day!

Two thoughts of the day:

What a bonus to this fabulous journey, catching up with long lost friends and family.

Anyone else a little bit fed up with ‘Brexit’ – there is no way it is going to end well – we Brits are usually pretty good at sticking and working together in a crisis – what has gone wrong?

Back to Formby……

A mild, dry and grey day for us today. Didn’t fancy dealing with Friday afternoon traffic, so decided that Blackpool can wait until next week and headed to Formby instead. Parking up at the Formby Road NT carpark we set off into the woods.

This area is so large that you rarely bump into anyone else, you might hear distant conversation or a dog barking but otherwise it’s birdsong and rustling leaves – lovely. Poppydog had a ball, disturbing 3 pheasants, 2 rabbits and a squirrel – it’s a good job that she is no twinkle toes as she charges around the undergrowth as I would hate her to catch something!

After a happy couple of hours amble we returned via the beach.

Love this place!

Two thoughts of the day:

So now we have ‘early Black Friday’ sales – really? Should you wait for actual ‘Black Friday’ in case the deals are better? Fortunately with my simple life I don’t need anything, so it can be any colour it wants!!

Wow, we were out for four hours this afternoon and the site was maybe a quarter full – when we got back they were queuing out the gates to get in and it is now full! I guess the power of Christmas lights switch on, on Sunday?

A wander around Southport…..

A lovely sunny day all day, today. As I had promised, much to Poppydog’s disgust, we took a slow wander around the town of Southport. To be fair, nothing spectacular, but quite a pleasant, old fashioned but reasonably smart town. We started in Victoria Park, home to the famous Southport Flower Show, which actually runs along the back of the site and where we often take our morning stroll. I guess this is quite a feature during the show.

From here we wandered down the main street ‘Lord Street’, a wide avenue full of lovely old shops, set in tall Victorian ornate buildings.

Past the Christmas Tree in the centre of town- how can they call this a tree? Is it cost or are they being green?

Between the old high street and the newer precinct that runs parallel and houses all the more typical high street shops, are a series of little covered arcades.

Towards the end of the main high street is the Cenotaph and memorial gardens.

From here we wandered back down to the lakeside, past the ‘smallest’ pub in Britain, and back in time to watch the sun going down in Victoria Park.

A day off the beaches but a pleasant 4.5 mile walk nonetheless.

Two thoughts of the day:

The Victorian’s certainly knew how to build but were also very fond of open spaces to enjoy.

This site could be the setting for Watership Down – rabbits everywhere! It is driving Poppydog wild!

From Ainsdale Sands to Formby…..

Wet overnight again but dry and mostly cloudy with a little bit of sunshine at the end of the day. Didn’t feel like driving far today, so we popped a couple of miles down the road and parked up at Ainsdale Sands. This is a fabulous area for dog walking as there is a large area of dunes as well as the wide expanse of beach.

For the keen and fit you can pretty much walk from Southport to RAF Altcar along either the beach or through the dunes, which is the best part of 10 miles. We have now completed this but in stages!

After the first part of the beach, which we avoided by going through the dunes, there was no one about so it was ‘off roading’ for Poppydog all the way.

Poppydog’s sense of smell is pretty amazing, I have been using the thrower to lob the tennis ball in amongst the dunes and she comes back with it every time!

A lovely way to spend an afternoon don’t you think? 5.5 miles round trip for me and probably 100.5 miles for Poppydog – result!

Back to site in time for a spectacular sunset.

Two thoughts of the day:

Did a bit more planning for next year – very exciting but a lot of miles to cover and not that many sites!

Sand dunes, grasses, beach, sea and stunning sky – what more could you ask for?

We went to Blackpool but overshot….

Wet and wild night but a mostly sunny day if a bit chilly in the wind. Today we were bound for Blackpool, however, as we drove along the promenade, I couldn’t see any free parking, the middle part of the promenade was closed for refurb and before I knew it we were out the other side!! I enjoyed the drive along the front as it is as fabulously awful as you imagine it would be and we will be back. However, for today, we parked up on the front at Cleveleys.

The tide was well in so no beach here to be seen, but as we walked a bit further north to Rossall Beach, a mostly pebbly beach with a few patches of sand.

We enjoyed a short time on the beach before walking on.

We walked along the lower path (below the promenade, cycle track and a further pathway – so plenty of choice) nearest the churning bronze sea.

It was lovely walking along to the sound of crashing waves – it’s been awhile since we’ve really heard the sea!

As we walked around Rossall Point a further stretch of stony beach with quite a lot more sand, awaited.

How great is this Coastguard Lookout?

I wonder why?

The beach and walkway continue in to Fleetwood but that was another mile or so and I have walked enough and the sun is on its way down, so it is time to set off back.

We had a quick look at Cleveleys beach now that the tide has receded a bit.

Before making our way back through Blackpool and home. I had hoped we would catch the lights in Blackpool, but guess what? The illuminations finished on the 4th November and the Christmas lights don’t get switched on until the 1st December – C’est la vie!

Two thoughts of the day:

Need at least another day in this area to visit Blackpool beaches and Fleetwood but it is an hours drive from here!

How unlucky about the lights it all looked so gorgeously tacky!