On Sunday we went to a beach for the first time in six months, since February! We did the Brean Down coastal walk and visited Brean Down Fort. Read on to learn more about Brean down and see our travel photos.Continue reading “Brean Down Fort + coastal walk”
On Sunday we did the iconic four waterfalls walk in Ystradfellte, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales. It was the farthest I’d been from my home since the whole coronavirus pandemic began in March!
The drive was two hours from our house and it was my birthday day out!
9 years ago, just before we had children, Ben had surprised me with a night away in the Brecon Beacons and we did the this very same Ystradfellte waterfalls walk.
It was great to return with the kids and show them this amazing place, make some memories and capture them too in the below photos. Continue reading “Ystradfellte waterfalls: Brecon Beacons National Park four waterfalls walk”
Yesterday we had a kid-free day and I wanted to climb a mountain so we drove to the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. We headed to the Central Beacons which took one hour 50 minutes to drive from our home in Gloucester. We climbed two peaks: Pen y Fan and Cribyn. Read on to learn the route we took and see the incredible views of Welsh Mountains. Continue reading “Brecon Beacons National Park Wales: Pen y Fan and Cribyn mountain walk”
On Saturday it was Ben’s Dad’s 70th birthday. We didn’t actually know it was his 70th, but we did know it was his birthday!
I did ask Ben how old his Dad was and he had no idea, so we had to ask.
For a treat, we picked up his Dad and his Dad’s wife and took them to explore 13th century Skenfrith Castle with us. Continue reading “Visiting Skenfrith Castle in Wales with kids”
I’ve really enjoyed visiting our local and nearby bluebell filled woods and forests recently. I’ve been to Buckholt Woods in Cranham, Coopers Hill Nature Reserve and May Hill in the Forest of Dean. The Gloucestershire woodlands are so pretty at this time of year covered in a sea of purple. In this blog post I’ll share some photos and my experience so far of May Hill. Continue reading “Exploring May Hill with kids in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire”
I am very lucky to live somewhere surrounded by countryside. In fact, I live in a city but it doesn’t feel like it. I’m right on the outskirts and on the border of Gloucester, Stroud and Cheltenham with miles of countryside starting just a few minutes from our home on foot. I’m going to share with you some of this countryside in this blog post from my recent walk from Coopers Hill Nature Reserve to Great Witcombe Roman Villa. Continue reading “A woodland walk from Coopers Hill Nature Reserve to Great Witcombe Roman Villa”
In the recent Easter holidays we ticked something off my 2019 travel bucket list which was to visit Snowdonia National Park. We stayed in Machynlleth which is in the Dyfi Valley at the southern tip of the park. In this blog post I will share what we did for three days with kids in Snowdonia, Wales.
You may remember me saying in this recent blog post that I was hoping to book a last minute sunny holiday abroad for a week in the Easter holidays. I had hoped so, but Ben’s work is making potentially 20% of staff redundant in May and regardless of this he wants to go self-employed making handmade rustic furniture and as a handyman in Gloucester so we decided it would be better to not spend so much money on a holiday right now and to have a shorter UK break.
We booked a three night stay at a self-catering apartment which I do not want to mention or give any credit to as it was awful. I wouldn’t return to the accommodation, but I definitely would return to Snowdonia as it’s absolutely beautiful. We barely scratched the surface in three days, but we were so impressed with the places we did visit and see.
Unfortunately we didn’t get to see the biggest mountain which is Snowdon, but of course that means we just have to return to explore more another time!
Here’s what we got up to for three days with a four year old and a six year old in tow… Continue reading “Snowdonia National Park with kids – 3 day travel diary & photos – Cadair Idris, Aberdovey, Harlech Castle”
Hello and welcome to my brand spanking new travel blog called Travel Vixta. In this blog post I’m going to share with you why I have set up this travel blog as well as our travel history both before kids, individually, as children ourselves and now as a family! Continue reading “Welcome to the Travel Vixta blog”