England, baby! Running down south.

So I’m back from our trip to the UK and oops, I totally failed to blog whilst I was away. Our laptop broke the day before we left and wasn’t fixed in time, so I had a little blogging break and it was FAB! I really love blogging, but a break can be a good thing! I’m back in California, back online and have a LOT to say!

As expected, my mileage took a nose-dive whilst I was away. Time with family and friends, especially when you live so far away, always takes priority. I’m totally chilled about that and think it did me good physically and mentally. I’m really excited about putting together a training plan and getting started, but it was really nice to have a few weeks of comfy, happy running.

Apologies if you follow me on Instagram as you’ll have already seen many of these photos.

We flew into London and spent the first five days with my parents down in Wiltshire. I am clearly biased, but Wiltshire is very beautiful – so green, so lush. I got a wonderful run in on the Thursday. It was a mix of quiet, country lanes and along footpaths and bridle-paths (the UK equivalent of trails in many places) and it was bliss. I wanted to do six miles but ended up doing about eight as it was just so nice.

Trails, Wiltshire-style
Trails, Wiltshire-style
Views for miles
Views for miles
Chalk roads across Salisbury Plain
Chalk roads across Salisbury Plain
Country lanes, hedges and fields..
Country lanes, hedges and fields..
I dream of living in a house like this...dates from 1660!
I dream of living in a house like this…dates from 1660!
A little old stone church...I love this place
A little old stone church…I love this place

That weekend, we went camping with the Parents down to Dorset, the next county along. Dorset is maybe more green and bucolic even that Wiltshire, and we had an amazing time. If you told me 15 years ago that I would go caravanning with the Parents, I would have died inside but I was DESPERATELY excited about this weekend and it was brilliant. I snuck off for a run on the Saturday morning down quiet lanes, past campsites (with handily placed toilets). I then planned to run up a big hill on a footpath to see spectacular Corfe Castle from the top but came up against two of the UK’s biggest trail menaces….cows and stinging nettles. A lot of UK public footpaths go through cow fields and I am nervous of cows, especially when alone and when running. They are also often flanked by stinging nettles (which we don’t have in California) and I got stung to death by them. (It doesn’t hurt particularly). When the footpath headed into a field with some Mummy Cows and Baby Cows, it officially became too Cow-y for me so I turned back, but it had been the most beautiful run!

Early morning fields
Early morning fields
Which way shall I go?
Which way shall I go?
The hill I ran up.
The hill I ran up.
The view from the top (almost)
The view from the top (almost)
Hedgerows on the way down
Hedgerows on the way down

And here are a couple of totally gratuitous shots of our week.

The steam railway station at Corfe Castle and the amazing ruins in the background
The steam railway station at Corfe Castle and the amazing ruins in the background
My favourite castle in the whole world - Corfe Castle
My favourite castle in the whole world – Corfe Castle
I thought I was so cool with my orange sweatshirt...but apparently my Dad had the same idea.
I thought I was so cool with my orange sweatshirt…but apparently my Dad had the same idea.
I should not be living on the other side of the world from these people.
I should not be living on the other side of the world from these people.

The next day, we headed up north for a week…but that’s a whole new blog post!!

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Amy says:

    I don’t ever get to see real castles (or anything green for that matter), so I’ve loved seeing your pictures of home!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thank you! I appreciate both things much more when i live so far away. Also, you may be tickled to know that your blog got banned by my parent’s net safety thing on the basis of ‘drugs, tobacco, alcohol’. You’re officially scandalous 🙂

      1. Amy says:

        REALLY?!?! I don’t think I’ve ever been scandalous before!

      2. Cathryn says:

        I know. Enjoy it 🙂

  2. Sherry says:

    It looks like you had a fabulous time! I love your pictures which capture England’s summer beauty so well!

  3. Cathryn says:

    Thank you!! Checking out prices for flights to NZ today…they’re not cheap 🙂

  4. Nicola Johnson says:

    Loverly wiltshuur – get oorf moy lahnd! X

  5. Jen says:

    Welcome back! The photos are gorgeous, and so glad to hear you had a great time!

  6. Glad to see you back here. I missed you. 🙂
    Nice to hear your trip was as good as expected. The pictures are so lovely. It reminds me of the little roads in France. It’s so nice to run on this kind of roads.

    1. Cathryn says:

      Oh I miss the country lanes!!! I thought of you as I ran those lanes and those tiny little roads that cross France.

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