Why there is no where like wales
It has been some time since I last posted, two months to be exact. I hadn’t intended to leave it so long, fresh from a month’s travelling in the Southern Hemisphere I had a notebook strewn with stories and camera full of photographs ready to edit but travelling doesn't come cheap and work called.
However the last few months have been well spent, fully embracing life back in beautiful Wales I have been splitting my time between filming and writing for travel company Celtic Trails Walking Holidays and it's been wonderful. Now I have always appreciated the splendour of the Welsh countryside but working close to home for an extended period of time has been somewhat of a revelation too, primarily because it has allowed me discover new places right on my doorstep with the added bonus of being able to take Oarley my very energetic 3 year old Jack Russell cross along for the adventure.
While filming work has meant I was predominantly restricted to a dark studio in Swansea, working for a walking company at that has meant quite the opposite. I have enjoyed walks along national trails such as Offa’s Dyke and the Wye Valley Walk in glorious Spring sunshine, rambling along the banks the majestic Wye river as it wound it’s way the through the English and Welsh countryside. I have revisited old favourites like Tintern Abbey and the ruins of St Mary’s Church, which steeped in rich ghostly history stands watch over the 12th century monastery below. I have explored the ancient ruins of White Castle, part of the Three Castle Walk and hiked to the Sugarloaf Mountain where you are met with spectacular views over Monmouthshire, the Cotswolds and Brecon Beacons. And what would a walk in the countryside be without a pit stop at a local pub, The Anchor in the grounds of Tintern Abbey offer consistently good food, while the Sunday Roast at The Inn On The Wye near Goodrich is hard to beat.
But writing for another company has not only allowed me to discover and write about new experiences it has also given the chance to muse over previous adventures, places I remember fondly. Like the Isle of Man, the small island with a big heart recently awarded Unesco status becoming one of 20 new biosphere sites. This truly magical place had never been on my radar despite being a mere hour flight from the UK but after spending three weeks there as part of a film shoot I was totally blown away, by the landscape, the beaches, the people and it’s fierce independence making it unlike anywhere I had visited previously .
So what’s next? Well after an 8 weeks break to allowing me time to reflect I plan to return shortly with a post about my winter adventures, first stop Singapore.