Saturday, September 12

- Photo Diary: Wales...

If you follow my blog schedule of posting every other day (thank you if you do!), you will have noticed I went a little MIA two weeks ago. I headed to Wales for a long weekend and with the combination of no internet (not even mobile data), no posts scheduled in advance and having had no blogging break since last Christmas, I thought it was OK to have a mini break away from the screen.

Having had no Summer holiday abroad this year, I was looking forward to a 'staycation' and a change of scenery. I used to visit Wales a lot during my childhood and it was so nice to revisit the same places. I really do feel some of us in the UK take for granted the stunning scenery we have pretty much on our doorsteps.

For today's post, I wanted to sum up my trip and show you a few photos of what I got up to. No makeup was packed, nor any glamorous clothes, this is about as real as it's gonna get ;). And let me warn you, this post contains near-death experiences. I'm not joking. I wish I was (dramatic? me?). If you're scared of heights, I forgive you if you click away now...

What would landlocked you do on a first day when staying on the Welsh coastline? Go to the seaside of course! And yes, castles, moats, sand animals, you name it were built. Kites were flown, waves were jumped and rockpools were scanned. My inner child was released and I have absolutely no regrets. I mean, look at those marshmallow clouds?!

As you may already know me and Rob are keen runners, so that evening we decided to go on a countryside scamper. However, we ended up getting a bit lost and our 'run' turned out to be wading through waist-high ferns and scrambling up and down walls. It actually ended up being really fun and felt like an adventure exploring a new place. We finally found our way back to the coastline and ran the way back, whilst witnessing a stunning sunset over the waves.

Now as you can probably tell, this was the day I thought I was going to die. LOL, but no seriously. Google 'Crib Goch' (red ridge) and you only have to be petrified for dear life. I agreed to do the 'Horseshoe' walk which includes climbing Mt.Snowdown, as I enjoy walks, being active and physical challenges. However, I do not like when paths have exposed areas. Rob sneakily failed to inform me about the 'knife-edged' ridge I'd have to cross. I'M NOT ANGRY. I PROMISE I'M NOT.

No but really, looking back I think my freaking out was more due to the fact I wasn't expecting it. Despite the tears in my eyes, the sick down to my stomach feeling and shaking like a leaf, I did it. I genuinely think it's the scariest thing I've ever done and when we approached it I was petrified. However, the path was fairly busy that day so I just told myself, 'if all of these people can do it, why can't I?'. Mind over matter and all that jazz.

And if Crib Goch wasn't enough of a scare the next day we headed to Zip World, which has the longest and fastest zip line in Europe. Feel free to think I'm utter bonkers, I won't disagree. Although I have to admit, this was much more fun than scary. I think after accomplishing Crib Goch the previous day, I felt I could do anything. Plus, I felt less vulnerable here as I was attached on and nothing was in my control, so I just rolled flew with it (ho ho ho!).

Basically, it was epic! Sorry for the awful quality images, they're screenshots from a video and I wanted to include them to show you as best as I could. It's described as the nearest thing to flying, goes 80-100mph and is 500ft high. And seeing as I've let you in on my inner-child in this post: Again, again!

Overall, I had the best time. We were only there for a few days, but I explored, pushed myself, overcame challenges and managed to still return feeling super relaxed!

What do you think of these photos? Have you been to Wales before?



  1. your photos are gorgeous, the beach looks lovely x
    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

  2. Ahh that walk and zipline!! So impressed you did both! The trip looks stunning, glad you had a good break - lets catch up soon! :D x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  3. Yeah okay I need to go to Wales right now! These photos are SO beautiful!! x
    Aisling | Aislings beauty bytes

  4. Hehehehe, Love the zipline part, bless you Karen <3 you did look a bit terrified! :D It's an amazing job what you accomplished & got over your fears <3 :) You did an amazing Job <3 <3 :D & THE VIEWS ARE JUST SPECTACULAAAAAR :D

    Serene | I Am Serene L

  5. OMG this place is amazing, so peaceful. I need a place like this to relax right now :)

    little taste of heaven

  6. Oh wow, this is such a beautiful post - your photos look amazing and it's great to see that you managed to have a break! It's good to get away from things, have a change of scenery and just relax! That's what it's all about! :)

    Layla xx

  7. What an amazing statcation, glad to see you put the rock climbing to good use. The zip wire looks terrifying. Beautiful pics Lucy x

  8. What stunning scenery! I've actually never been to Wales but the coastline looks well worth a visit! No zip wires for me though. You're so brave! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  9. Absolutely gorgeous pictures! Lovely blog and great post :) I also followed you on Bloglovin'!

  10. Your pictures are gorgeous! It really captures the beauty of Wales. And I totally want to go zip lining now! Also, if you have not gone skydiving you must, I went recently and it was a scary but a total blast! :)

    Great post, thanks for sharing! :)
    x Arwa

  11. Wales looks so nice, we haven't had green like that in California for ages! I'm not too big a fan of heights, but I love that view! How sneaky of him not to let you know before hand haha, but the zip lining looks like it was worth it!

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

  12. Ahh my beautiful country <333 haha! Wales really is the best. Gorgeous pictures hun, I'm glad you had a fab time xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  13. Wales is breath-takingly beautiful! It can be so refreshing to be away from internet, right?
    Majestic photos!!!!!!!

  14. I remember you telling me about your adventures in Wales, and OMG your so brave. That climb along the ridge looks super dangerous. Well done Karen. Loving the pictures of the beach. It reminds me of Saunton Beach in North Cornwall. Also that glide at the end looks so much fun. More adventures hopefully coming soon :)

    Caz | Style Lingua

  15. I love Wales and it looks like you had an amazing holiday. Your photos are amazing!

    Maddie //

  16. Sounds like you had a lovely time and these are beautiful photos! I've only been to Wales once and that was on a geography field trip whne I was 12, but reading this post and seeing how beautiful the coastline is I definitely need to go back. You must feel so proud of yourself overcoming Crib Goch - I don't think I could have done it :) x
    Charlotte's Road

  17. Your pictures of the beach are incredible! I'm just in awe looking at everything you got up to, you're so brave because I couldn't do any of that! :)

    Velvet Blush

  18. I have never been to Wales but I will! Hope you had an amazing time there :)

  19. Doom, I don't think my comment went through so let's try again and sorry if you get it twice!

    I want to go ziplining so bad, I've been looking up go ape parks where they do it. It looks so much fun. I've never been to Wales before, but it looks like such a beautiful place to visit,

    It's good you had some time internet free! It's a lot harder to not post when you have internet so maybe taking away that control would help you relax more :)

    Corinne x

  20. Omgosh, I want to go to Zip World! Wales is so beautiful.

    Tara x

  21. Increíbles fotos. Nunca he estado en Gales, pero tiene que ser hermosísimo.
    Decoracion de Interiores

  22. I study in Wales! Unfortunately, I haven't gotten the chance to visit Snowdon :/ but it looks like its dangerous yet fun at the same time. I've heard some of my friends talk about it when they were there. Glad that you actually had fun! x


  23. What a scenery! Must been amazing! Hugs!

  24. It looks so beautiful!! I have to add this to my list of places to visit. I'm glad you had a good break away :)

    Kate xo

  25. Wow hun! Looks like you had the most amazing time :) xx

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