Do you make the most of your local area, or are there local attractions that you’ve never experienced? Would a visitor be able to inform you of places you weren’t even aware of? Sometimes it’s a great idea to look at your surroundings through the eyes of a tourist.
This morning, Libby was in nursery so I headed up onto the Malvern hills with Lia and Pluto. I have always loved winter mornings in Malvern, I genuinely can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be.
Even the view from our decking this morning was pretty enough for me to want to take a photo.
By the time I got onto the hills, the views were genuinely spectacular. It was cold and crispy and the sun was shining. It got me thinking about all the fabulous things that our local area has to offer, like these beautiful walking routes where we went this morning.
I remember when I was a child seeing people on the hills and being vaguely aware that they weren’t local but were visiting either for the day or on holiday.
I also distinctly remember confused conversations with friends as to why people would want to visit Worcestershire on holiday. I don’t think it was really until I’d moved away and lived both elsewhere in the UK and abroad that I started to understand.
Malvern was the inspiration for C S Lewis when he wrote the Narnia books and it is easy to see why.
As for local attractions, Edward Elgar was a resident of the area and there is an interesting museum dedicated to his life. There are also numerous National Trust properties, one of which we will be making the most of tomorrow.
We are close to the Cotswolds and their wildlife park, farm park and most importantly, cream teas.
Being so central, we have easy access to pretty much the whole country. It is a short drive to Birmingham to visit the Sea Life Centre, and only an hour to get to Drayton Manor if we fancy a day out at a theme park.
Having two young children, we do have our little routine and it’s easy to forget to go out of our comfort zone and explore the area.
But I’m determined to make an effort, and tomorrow we’re starting as we mean to go on, with a visit to one of our local National Trust properties, Croome Park.
What are the best things about your local area, and do you make the most of them and keep exploring?