Over the Christmas break I was lucky enough to spend time with family and friends in the North East, this meant plenty of inspiring walks and adventures. I've picked out a few of my favourites to share with you.
Northumberland is filled with historic and natural landscapes, I love these old castle structures surrounded by tufty textured greenery. These castles are a slight upscale from the Scottish bothies that I was inspired by over summer but they are just as full of character and just as charming.
In the seaside town of Amble there are some little independent business huts along the harbour selling everything from dog harnesses to cheese. These little huts were filled with personality and added some character to the area. We also visited Spurreli's ice cream shop (the chocolate vegan ice cream was a winner!). The colours of these fishing boats caught my eye, I love the bluey green of the sea mixed with the coral and yellow of the boats.
Becoming a Christmas tradition of ours to visit Barter Books, one of the largest second hand book shops in Britain set in the old train station of Alnwick, many cosy corners and roaring fires as well as a model railway zooming around the tops of the shelves. A great way to spend the afternoon as well as to give old books a new home (they're also dog friendly!).
Closer to home and not far at all from Manchester City Centre by train, there are more amazing textures and shapes as well as dramatic countryside to be found at Edale- be prepared for all terrains and weathers when venturing out! Top the day off in front of the fire with a big bowl of chips and a pint at the Rambler Inn (also dog friendly).
If you discovered anywhere new recently, I'd love to hear more about it!