When we go on holidays we like to do what the locals do rather than touristy things. We want to know what it would be really like to live in that location and get a feel for a place - discovering hidden gems off the beaten track and finding new places.... that's what we're doing on the blog today...
So, what might we do if we were on holiday at Tottergill for a short break? This weekend, we had a lazy morning on Saturday (as lazy as it can be with an early-rising newborn), and then after visiting friends, it was off to Houghton Hall. I've written about this place before, you can find the post here. It's a lovely place for coffee and cake, and a wander around the gift shop. We also love the Farm Shop and bought some goodies while we were there. The evening saw us enjoying a BBQ with friends, perfect!
On Sunday's around here, we like to take the afternoon to don our walking boots and get out exploring. This area always has somewhere new to discover and we'd seen a new access point for Gelt Woods that we wanted to check out. We parked the car in Brampton and walked the path into Middle Gelt called the Black Path. Not sure why it's named that, but it was beautiful.
Last time we were here was in the Autumn with the river full and leaves slippery under foot. This time though, the river was low and we could see how it had carved out it's channel in the rock, and the sun was shining, dappled through the trees. Bliss! On our way back to the car we took another path, just to see where it would lead and ended up picking wild raspberries, spotting Buzzards swirling over us (guarding their nest we suspect), and finding the brilliant looking Hadrians Wall Cycle Route... next time we'll bring our bikes!
For more on Gelt Woods, you can read this post.
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