A Weekend Away

As an anniversary/valentine’s treat, the boyfriend and I went for a weekend away recently; using a hotel in Hereford as a base, exploring parts of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.

First stop was Puzzlewood. Somewhere the boyfriend went as a child with his parents and brother.

Located within the Forest of Dean, Puzzlewood is full of unusual rock and tree formations. It’s got that pixie, mystical kinda feel, which is probably why it was chosen as a location for BBC’s Merlin and also for a scene in Doctor Who episode, ‘flesh and stone’. It’s such an amazing place to wonder around; mystical, romantic and just a little bit spooky.

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After our stroll round Puzzlewood and chowing down on delicious chocolate brownies, we headed to Gloucester town centre, specifically to go to the antiques warehouse they have there. Loads of fabulous, unusual, quirky, beautiful things to behold. I came away with a book, and a lovely pewter necklace, but wanted to be coming away with so much more… like glass jelly moulds and a clock for the mantelpiece.

After our rather long day, we went back to the hotel and to a pub for dinner, watching France vs Wales in the six nations as we ate. Those burly men can sure churn up the turf.

The next day, after a night of interrupted sleep, thanks to noisy neighbours, we headed to Symonds Yat, somewhere I went as a child, for a rainy walk up Yat Rock. It wasn’t a very long walk but in our unfit states, our hearts were racing as we stepped up the incline to the top, making us realise the extent of the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge we are planning on doing in June. We’ve got a lot of training to do to get in shape for that 12 hour walk.

Drying off in the van afterwards, we decided to have a steady drive towards home, stopping off at the boyfriend’s grandparents to watch the England Ireland six nations game on the way.

All in all, an amazing weekend just the two of us. It’s just a shame weekends aren’t longer though.

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