Happy New Year!

I would like to say thank you to all my blog followers for reading and sharing my posts this year, it’s been greatly appreciated.

What a year! 2013 has been truly amazing and an incredible opportunity for me to visit more of the UK and see some places that I’ve wanted to explore for a long time.

Kynance Cove by Sara Hardman

Kynance Cove

When you’re used to spending time attached to a backpack with your head buried in a Lonely Planet guide, it’s easy to forget about your own country in the race to see the rest of the world.

Tower Bridge by Sara Hardman

Evening at Tower Bridge

Having spent a lot of time travelling and seeing many new countries and cultures, I was worried that passing almost an entire year in Britain might leave me stir crazy. What it actually did was open my eyes to all the breathtaking places so much closer to home.

Port Isaac by sara Hardman

Port Isaac, Cornwall

I visited Scotland, Cornwall and the Lake District for the first time. I stood at Land’s End and on top of Malham Cove. I drove across the Hardnott and Wrynose Pass and walked the Golden Mile in Edinburgh. I stayed in a B&B for the first time and learnt to map-read without having to turn the map 360 degrees (and nearly succeeded – it’s a girl thing!)

Edinburgh by Sara Hardman

Edinburgh from the top of the Scott Monument

I saw my own city through the eyes of a tourist and fell in love with my home county of Yorkshire all over again. I drank mulled wine at the Lincoln Christmas Market, took a Champagne punt in Cambridge, ate a pork pie in Melton Mowbray and drove 220 miles to have lunch in Manchester.

Cambridge by Sara Hardman

Punting in Cambridge

Leaving the backpack on top of my wardrobe and picking up a map of UK B-Roads and a camera has been one of the best adventures I’ve had.

Thetford Forest by Sara Hardman

Autumn colours in Thetford Forest

Living in England is a real pleasure and until this year I’d never even noticed. It’s diverse, culturally and historically rich, it’s beautiful and vibrant, traditional and quaint. It offers absolutely everything I look for when I visit a foreign country and you can drive anywhere in a matter of hours – although Land’s End to Harrogate was a slog that I’m in no hurry to repeat!

Lincoln by Sara Hardman

Lincoln Christmas Markets

I would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year and I hope it takes you on an incredible journey, wherever it leads.

Stonehenge by Sara Hardman

Stonehenge

Safe travels x

Lots more photos in this blog and at www.flickr.com/photos/sarahardman

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