It can be so easy to take your local area for granted. At first I had to sit for a little while when I saw this blogging prompt, racking my brain for what to write about.
That then led to an aimless browse through the photos on my phone - which was closely followed by the realisation I live on the doorstep of some seriously beautiful sights.
So for this post I thought I'd share a few places that are about 15 minutes from where I live - and I suddenly feel very privileged.
I live in Plymouth, in the South West of the UK. I moved here about 8 years ago but still feel like I'm exploring.
Here are a few of my favourite places...
Burrator Reservoir is my place to go when I feel like I need to get some space. It's a good walk around the perimeter of the reservoir (about 4 miles) and on the right day the views are just stunning. The wildlife is pretty lovely to see - lots of ponies, sheep, deer and some seriously aggressive geese are a common sight.
Aquariums have been on my favourite attractions list from a really young age. I'm just slightly fascinated by the world in the water - it seems so - alien. The National Marine Aquarium is no exception - some beautiful tanks full of slightly magical things. I find it super relaxing so is a place I visit often.
Dartmoor National Park is a breathtaking area of Moorland, perfect for walks to blow the cobwebs away. I've realised that I don't have any photos that do it any justice so I think that means it's time to head out with my camera (I might wait for the rain to stop first!).
...and lastly - Buckland Abbey, which is a National Trust Property. I found it hard to pick a photo for this place, but I'm a little bit in love with this gate. The Abbey itself is just lovely, and has a really interesting history and the restaurant serves a one-pot barbecue bean meal which is to die for! Now I'm a National Trust member (oh my word, I suddenly feel so old) I plan to go there often, so expect more pictures in the future!
...so that's it...although actually it's only really scratching the surface.
I'm feeling inspired to do some exploring xx