As soon as my parents said that they were going to visit this weekend, I started to think about what we could do for the day - I wanted to explore somewhere that we had never been before. I had heard from a lot of people that Dartmoor was worth visiting, and so we decided to go on a walk at Cadover Bridge, which was just a short drive from Plymouth city centre.
We spent an afternoon following the footpath along the river – it was so pretty and peaceful. Living in the countryside at home, it was nice to ‘get out’ of the city for the day, and catch up with my parents at the same time. Winter is officially coming though, as it was absolutely freezing! So we wrapped up warm and stopped off for a pub lunch in a village nearby which was really good (free food is definitely a plus of having your parents visit!)
Hoping to explore a little more, we also drove to Bovisand beach, which was about a 20/30 minute drive outside Plymouth. It was a stunning (and sandy!) beach, and reminded me how nice it was to relax by the sea in the summertime. If you’re able to drive outside of Plymouth for a day, I would highly recommend going to these places! As much as I love living in a city, and going to University, it definitely helped to get away from the stresses of University deadlines for the while and just relax. I think going on walks is definitely scientifically proven to help! It was also nice (in a weird way) to have no service or Wi-Fi connection, and get away from that a little bit. I don’t know about you, but I am constantly on my phone and staring at a screen of some kind, so it was really nice to switch off and enjoy the day.
I hope I’ve given you an idea of something to do, if someone’s coming to visit you soon, or if you just fancy getting out and doing something with your friends. Take some time to focus on yourself and relax! It’s only a month until Christmas too, so I’m excited for the city to get festive and to enjoy the best time of the year!
Here’s a list of other places I suggest visiting near Plymouth:
· Royal William Yard
· Mount Edgecumbe
· Saltram house
· Buckland abbey
· Totnes – lots of cute little independent shops, lovely at Christmas!
· Exeter – great for shopping!
· Eden Project, Cornwall
Thanks for reading,