Travel - Visit to Wales

Bob un cam, cer mla'n

With each step, go forward...

Wow! What a wonderful start to a brand new year. I've just spent a remarkable last few days, back home in the UK, exploring Wales, Snowdonia, Mid Wales and the picturesque Shropshire Hills. 

It was a fleeting visit, but a memorable one all the same. With myself and Claire @claireonline enjoying the delights of one of Europe's finest natural playgrounds.

I have compiled and uploaded a few photos here. These images were taken with my Samsung Galaxy S7, whilst hiking and generally being active, in the mountains. The S7 turned out to be the ideal companion, while out in the field and I was able to snap on the go without a great deal of fuss. Really nice phone and good camera too.

Despite moving away and now living in the Netherlands, home will always be home and although happy, I really do often miss the rugged natural beauty that is so prevalent in the UK.

Unfortunately, I really can't but help display those feelings, as I'm an 'outdoors kind of guy' and being in the outdoors certainly defines my character and I guess is just in my blood.

I also have so many fond memories of this area, both as a child and as a 'hard working' University student... haha. Where I roamed the hills and paths for hours at a time studying how this beautiful location was formed and all the stunning physical features that can be found here.

As someone who thrives on being in the outdoors, happiest in the most remote locations and harshest conditions, I cannot help, but share my love for areas of such natural beauty. Snowdonia is a special place and Wales is a very beautiful country, with so much to see and do.

My next visit will most certainly involve exploring the South of Wales, with the beautiful Brecon Beacons, The Black Mountains, the stunning rugged coastlines of the Gower Peninsula and of course Pembrokeshire high on the to do list. It's been a while and I'd love to see it once more.

...I just need a little time to perhaps make things happen.

Thanks for reading and thanks #wales... you have been just perfect.


A selection of small images from the trip.


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Travel - Visit to England

At the end of our summer break we managed to get a sneaky little trip back to the Peak District in England.  

It was great to see family once more and spend sometime roaming and feeling free. There are so many great walks, close to home, so the majority of time was simply spent in the outdoors.

Here are one or two images taken from that trip. It was nice to go back home, catch up with family and enjoy the surroundings.

Unfortunately, the weather wasn't particularly very good, with pretty cool temperatures along with several wet and cold days. Although, such poor weather conditions weren't necessarily good. They certainly added to the atmosphere. 

You can see more images on my Instagram feed @garethmate

The following images are taken on the Roaches range, close to Roach End farm and moorland close to the village of Warslow. Two excellent locations, with great scenery.

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Travel - Summer Road Trip

Well, finally, my summer holidays arrived and it was so good to just 'be free to do what I want'. It is always great to reach the end of the academic year and have something to look forward to, something to enjoy and of course share it with the most important people in your life.  

We had planned this years summer holiday after about five minutes of unpacking from the last. Of course that might seem a little strange, but I think it's clear that everyone loves a holiday, so you might as well just get on with things and make the most of the whole experience. 

With that mind we wanted an adventure and a road trip that would allow us to travel through Europe and see and do as much as we could. 

This year we spent a fantastic week in the Eifel region of Germany and then travelled through the rest of Germany, to spend another week in beautiful Austria. A place I love!

Here are some of the images taken on our journey. These are also available on my Instagram feed @garethmate

Bavarian Alps

Bavarian Alps

Bavaria

Bavaria

Bavarian Alps

Bavarian Alps

Austria  

Austria  

Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria.  

Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria.  

 Eifel region, in Germany. 

 Eifel region, in Germany.