During the February vacation we took a couple of days away. We didn’t go far, and in fact stayed over night in a hotel only 30 minutes from home. But, it got us away from to-do lists and domestic tasks and routine, and gave us some much needed family time.
We haven’t explored much of the coast just to the north of us, and so many places have been recommended! So, this seemed like an ideal opportunity to explore.
It was bitterly cold, but beautifully sunny. A fabulous time to investigate a stretch of the coast rife with UK place names!
We started our trip with lunch in Gloucester, finding a gem of a café where we ate amazing sandwiches followed by exceedingly good cakes.
From there we drove further along the coast to Rockport, which has been on my must-visit list forever. At this time of year, most shops and cafes were closed for the season. Cheery signs in doorways thanked visitors for a wonderful summer and said see you in April!
Thankfully, our plan was just to take a walk, but I will definitely be going back to wander around all the fabulous gift shops later in the year.
We started with a stroll to the end of Bearskin Neck, a narrow neck of land that juts out into Rockport Harbour, which took us along a colourful and quirky street. Just beautiful!
The view at the end was breathtaking (as was the chill wind!). We didn’t spend long admiring the view before heading back into the town!
We had spotted a beach from the tip of the neck, so we walked back through the town until we found ourselves on Front Beach.
The kids were in their element, however we hadn’t changed into welly boots, so needed to be a little careful! It was freezing, so getting wet would have resulted in extremely grumpy children (and mummy!).
That didn’t stop the kids making the most of the, almost, deserted beach!
Despite cold hands, digging in the sand is a must.
And, heeding repeated warnings from mummy not to get her feet wet, the wee girl enjoyed running away from the waves :)
Before we left, we attempted a quick family selfie. Considering this was the only one we took (don’t we all look cold!) it turned out not too badly. Although, I need to remember to smile too!
It was a wonderful afternoon. I’m so glad that we’ve finally visited Rockport, and I know that we will be back.
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