• Stef

Spontaneous - we ended up in peak district

Updated: May 4, 2020

Hello blog reader!

Travel is my addiction. It is the thing that I like the most to do in this life. I feel this is the way I can feed my soul, I can actually live and make memories. The important thing is to just go somewhere, to see something, visit a new place, take a walk or enjoy the views. We usually plan or don’t plan where we are going, it’s a weird way of travel, but we love it so much.

Let me explain: when we want to get away for a long weekend or when we have a holiday, I start planning that weeks before, even months. That’s because we usually want to visit new places, we have more time to spend and everything is planned to the letter. But there are times when we don’t plan anything and we wake up on a Saturday morning asking ourselves where to go. That is the moment when we just close our eyes and point a place on the map and we just go there. And there are other times when we just go to visit somebody and we end up in another place. Spontaneous – I like it that way as well.

A couple of weeks ago we went on a Friday night to visit someone, somewhere near Birmingham and we spent the night there. On Saturday morning, on our way home we decided that we are so close to the Peak District – less than 2 hours away – that will be a shame not to take a detour. The plan was to get breakfast there, take a walk, drink a coffee in nature and take some photos. I just want to mention that, being totally unprepared for this journey, the photos were taken with our phones, I had no makeup with me and I wore comfy car clothes. But that wasn’t going to stop us.

Do you know?

The Peak District National Park is the first National Park in the UK. The highest peak its roughly 640 meters and you can walk on some beautiful trails and see breathtaking views. The closest big cities are Manchester and Sheffield and the access to it can be by road or rail.

Back to the story. We had breakfast at Morrison’s as we were hungry and I have to mention that the food there is really good and cheap. We spent about £7 for each full English breakfast plus drinks (coffee and juice), that obviously I couldn’t finish. Definitely, a place where I will come back for breakfast and not only for that.

Anyway, after that, we continued our journey, we grabbed a coffee and stopped in an absolutely beautiful place that my other half knew. It’s not the first time we went to Peak District, I think it’s our 4th and I will write in the future about what to see and where to stay, but I wanted to start with this one, as I enjoyed the context of going.

This gorgeous landscape was a glade by the lake and the view was just amazing. All the autumn colours that we like so much, reflected in the lake, and a bench at the top of the hill from where you could admire everything. That is where we drank our Saturday coffee. We spent probably 2 hours there, taking a few pictures, contemplating that view and listening to the quietness. Sometimes you could hear little birds singing, but that was it. It was perfect for us to recharge our batteries for the week coming up next.

After we left, Alex found a really interesting cave to visit and just took me there without saying anything. The experience was awesome, nothing that we’ve tried before. This cave, Speedwell Cavern, was basically an old mine. The only way to visit it was by boat. The tunnels were so tiny, that only the boat could fit in there: if you were taking your hand out, you could have touched the walls, and also the ceiling was at an arm’s length. The tour was interesting and funny, the guide was making jokes all the time while telling the story of the cave. At some point, we had to stop into a little “dead end” to let another boat pass and they’ve tried to scare us by saying that the tunnels are flooding. It’s a thing that they do and when we came back we got to do the same to the others. We’ve got off the boat and spent 15 minutes in the cave, taking photos, hearing stories and seeing things. It was a really nice experience.

The tour of the cave lasts 1 hour in total and the departing is every 20 minutes. The price for an adult ticket is £12,50 and for kids £10,50. There are also some discounts, but you can check their website https://speedwellcavern.co.uk/. I would really recommend it.

Heading home, we couldn’t go empty-handed, so we grabbed some local cake, freshly made in the shop. That’s a good refreshment after a long and beautiful day.

Until next time, don’t forget that travel is the healthiest addiction! 🙂

More pictures, means more fun...you can find extra photos at the end of the blog !

Buna din nou!

Calatoritul este dependenta mea. Este lucrul pe care imi place cel mai mult sa-l fac in viata. Simt ca este modul in care-mi hranesc sufletul, in care pot sa traiesc cu adevarat si sa imi creez amintiri. Cel mai important este doar sa pleci undeva, sa vezi ceva, sa vizitezi un loc nou, sa te plimbi si sa te bucuri de privelisti. De obicei ne planuim si nu ne planuim unde mergem, e un mod ciudat de a calatori, dar ne place tare mult.

Sa va explic: cand vrem sa scapam pentru un weekend prelungit sau avem concediu, incep sa planific totul cu saptamani inainte, chiar luni. Asta se intampla pentru ca de obicei vrem sa vizitam locuri noi, avem mai mult timp la dispozitie si totul este planuit in detaliu. Dar sunt si momente cand nu planuim nimic si doar ne trezim sambata dimineata intrebandu-ne unde sa mergem. Atunci este momentul cand pur si simplu inchidem ochii, punem degetul pe harta si acolo mergem. Si mai sunt momente cand doar mergem sa vizitam pe cineva si ajungem in cu totul alta parte. Spontan – imi place sa calatoresc si in acest mod.

Cu vreo doua saptamani in urma, vineri seara, am plecat sa vizitam pe cineva pe langa Birmingham (la 3 ore jumatate de noi) si ne-am petrecut noaptea acolo. Sambata dimineata, pe drumul spre casa, am decis ca suntem atat de aproape de Peak District – la mai putin de 2 ore – incat ar fi pacat sa nu facem un mic ocol. Vreau sa mentionez ca fiind total nepregatiti pentru calatoria asta neateptata, pozele sunt facute cu telefoanele, nu am avut niciun produs de machiaj cu mine si am purtat haine confortabile de mers cu masina. Dar asta nu putea sa ne opreasca.


Parcul National Peak District este primul parc national din UK. El reprezinta prima treapta de munti ca inaltime in UK, cel mai inalt varf avand putin sub 640 de metri. Normal, noi nu i-am numi munti, insa cu siguranta merita vazuti datorita traseelor frumoase si a peisajelor superbe. Cele mai apropiate orase mari sunt Manchester si Sheffield, iar accesul catre parc se face atat cu masina cat si cu trenul.

Inapoi la poveste. Am luat micul dejun la Morrison’s (supermarket) pentru ca ne era foame si trebuie sa mentionez ca mancarea de acolo este foarte buna si ieftina. Am cheltuit cate 7 lire pentru un mic dejun englezesc, plus bauturi (suc si cafea), pe care bineinteles ca nu am putut sa il termin. In mod cert un loc in care o sa ma intorc pentru a lua micul dejun, si nu numai, avand in vedere ca au o gramada de optiuni pentru orice.

Dupa asta, am continuat calatoria: am luat o cafea si ne-am oprit intr-un loc absolut superb pe care iubitul meu il stia. Nu este prima data cand am fost in Peak District, cred ca este a 4-a si pe viitor voi scrie despre ce este de vazut si unde sa stai acolo, dar am vrut sa incep cu aceasta vizita pentru ca mi-a placut mult contextul in care am ajuns aici.

Acest peisaj superb era o poiana langa un lac si privelistea era fabuloasa. Toate culorile toamnei ne incantau privirea, reflectate in lac si era si o banca, in varful unui deal, de unde puteai admira totul. Acolo este locul in care ne-am baut cafeaua de samabta. Am petrecut probabil cam 2 ore acolo, facand poze, contempland peisajul si ascultand linistea. Cateodata puteai auzi mici pasarele cantand, dar asta era tot. A fost locul perfect pentru a ne reincarca bateriile pentru saptamana ce urma.

Dupa ce am plecat, Alex a gasit o pestera foarte interesanta pe care sa o vizitam si m-a dus acolo fara sa spuna nimic. Experienta a fost minunata, nimic din ce am incercat pana acum. Aceatsa pestera, Speedwell Cavern, era de fapt, o mina veche. Singurul mod in care se poate vizita este cu barca. Tunelele erau atat de mici, incat doar barca incapea acolo: daca scoteai mana din ea, atingea peretii, iar tavanul era la o lungime de brat distanta. Turul a fost interesant si amuzant, iar ghidul facea glume in timp ce ne spunea povestea pesterii. La un moment dat ne-am oprit intr-o mica fundatura pentru a lasa o alta barca sa treaca, iar ei au incercat sa ne sperie, spunand ca tunelele se indunda. E un lucru pe care ei il fac, iar cand ne-am intors, am facut si noi acelasi lucru cu altii. Am coborat din barca si am petrecut 15 minute in pestera, facand fotografii, ascultand povesti si vazand diverse lucruri. A fost o experienta cu adevarat frumoasa.

Turul pesterii dureaza o ora in total si plecarea se face la fiecare 20 de minute. Pretul pentru biletul unui adult este de £12,50, iar pentru copii £10,50. Existe si niste reduceri pe care le puteti afla de pe site-ul lor https://speedwellcavern.co.uk/. Chiar recomand acest tip de activitate.

Bineinteles ca nu ne puteam intoarce acasa cu mana goala, asa ca am cumparat o prajitura locala, proaspat facuta in magazin. A fost o gustare buna dupa o zi asa lunga si frumoasa.

Pana data viitorare nu uitati: calatoritul este singura dependenta sanatoasa!🙂

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