Now in my thirties, things have very much changed and although I don't dread my birthday and fear getting older, I no longer have a list of things that I 'want' Instead I have a mental list of things I'd quite like around the house, including a casserole dish, a spatula and even a new ironing board cover. When did I get so domesticated?
I'm not sure what happened but when my other half ask 'What I wanted for my birthday' I replied with camping!
I wanted to go off and get away from it all, I wanted to sleep under the stars in a van without WiFi and without television and get back to basics.
My partner pulled a brilliant weekend away out of the bag and started by driving up the coast just an hour away just the other side of Bude where we wild camped the night. We were not alone as two other vans joined us for the evening but we enjoyed waking up to the sound of the waves and a morning stomp up a very big hill to the next beach and back.
|Steep hill climb off the beach up onto the coast path|
|Northcott beach near Bude Cornwall|
|Northcott beach near Bude Cornwall|
|North Cornwall Coast Path|
|Walking along the North Cornwall coast path from Northcott beach to Sandymouth beach|
|Walking to Sandymouth Beach near Bude Cornwall|
|Sandymouth Beach near Bude Cornwall|
I was feeling extremely lucky, as not only were we staying in a beautiful location but the sun was shining and it was hot. I write this today as the wind howls and the rain rolls down the window so getting sunshine whilst off work in the UK is something to get excited about.
|Sunrise on Sandymouth beach near Bude Cornwall|
We made a start on the tow path and with a combination of a few cycle route signs and some very friendly people we found the two tunnels cycle paths. For anyone that hasn't experienced these tunnels on a bike I would HIGHLY recommend.
One of the tunnels is over a mile long and is the longest cycling tunnel in the UK, It's really is pretty cool. As you enter the tunnel your eyes take a while to adjust to the dimly lit corridor and the temperature drops, as the tunnel bends around you can't see the end or the beginning of the tunnel and then out of nowhere you catch a glimpse out of the corner of your eye of light and realise that there are lights and sounds all around and a feature of cycling through the tunnel.
|Entrance to the Two Tunnels cycle path near Bath|
|Inside the Tunnel, the longest cycling tunnel in the UK just over 1 mile long|
|Cycling the canal paths around Bath|
After cycling through the tunnels we met up with another canal path and made our way back into bath city centre and back to the camp site. In total we covered around 16 miles and feeling very pleased with our efforts decided to head back to the van, have a shower and head back into the city for dinner. However before we had even made it to the nearest bus stop we bumped into the riverside pub. Another thing the staff in the camp site had failed to mention, the fact that there was a pub a few minutes walk away!
We soon ditched the idea of getting the bus into the city centre and opted to stay by the river and have a meal here. It was a lovely evening and we watched the sun set over the water enjoying a glass of wine and a very lovely first day.
|Sun setting over the canal in Bath|
|A whole slate full of desserts|
|Food and wine coma, but delicious and well worth it!|
|The Boathouse Bath|
|Camping in the T4 in the New Forest|
|Cycling in the New Forest|
|The Green Dragon in Brook - The New Forest|
|Enjoying a pint in a beer garden|
Now I do love the outdoors, I love cycling, surfing, running and all things active but I wasn't sure about heights and being Tarzan for the afternoon. It wasn't long before we arrived in another beautiful forest and I was being harnessed up and ready to start the sessions. It was late in the afternoon and we were on the last session of the day and suddenly the walking, cycling and beer drinking in the sun was taking effect and I was feeling sleepy!!!
The first few times I was clipping myself on I struggled and got my partner to double check them and the first leap off our of a tree was particularly scary but by the end I was loving it.
|Go Ape flatforms in the trees in the New Forest|
|We might be adults but feeling very proud at the end getting our certificates|
After nearly two hours of climbing, jumping and swinging through the trees it was time to leave and with the sun setting it was time to find another pub for the evening.
The following day we didn't really have any plans and found ourselves yet again enjoying the sunshine with good food and good drink in a beer garden in the new forest. I was so happy, the weekend was turning into something really wonderful and that afternoon with heavy stomachs we cycled another 17 miles.
|Camping in the New Forest|
As far as birthdays go this has been my favourite and getting back to basics and camping and making memories means so much more than anything I could purchase from the Argos catalogue!!!
Except for unicorn onesies!!! Every Birthday girl needs a unicorn onesie for camping in the UK when the evenings get cold!!!
|Just being all grown up on my birthday.... Being a UNICORN hee hee|