How to Beat the January Blues: Part I

As the New Year splutters into damp gloomy life, many of us are already dreaming of the holidays. Here in Cheddar Gorge, we are no different. Who wouldn’t swap a dull January for a place in the sun? There’s no doubt about it though, sometimes you can’t see the wood for trees. Sometimes we forget about the things around us that are the real gems.

The truth is we don’t have to travel to far off, exotic places to find adventure and discovery. Sometimes the grass around you is actually greener! And truth be told, that is what makes our cheeses rather tasty.

South West Gems

Here in the South West, right in front of our noses we are lucky enough to have a wealth of wonderful places to visit. With the Spring and Summer holidays far off on the horizon what could be a better time to rediscover some of things that are best about our amazing region?

Green Campervan

Road Trip

How about planning and setting off on a road trip?  Not the grind of the day to day commute, but a real old fashioned car journey that could rediscover some fabulous destinations. Get yourself a roadmap and plan a day of real adventure! Not that we don’t appreciate what our visitors do for us but, it’s also lovely at this time of year to have a little bit more of the place to ourselves.

Why not hit the coast or ramble over towards Glastonbury? There’s magic in the Mendips, not to mention our own Cheddar Gorge. When you really start to look, we live in an amazing area. When was the last time you popped in to see the cheese being made?

In the City

And our gems aren’t just in the countryside. From Bristol to Bath, Exeter, Wells and beyond we have unrivalled historical towns and cities that are brimming with life and culture.  It’s so easy to take for granted or even dismiss what we have on our doorstep. Treasures like the Bristol Old Vic are constantly showing world-class theatre. When was the last time you went?

When the weather is overcast, windswept and grey we are blessed with Bristol’s harbourside or the cosy tea rooms and coffee houses in Bath. What could be better than cosying up to a Country Pub log fire after a bracing walk up Brean Down or along the seafront?

South West Seafront

Beat those Blues

Even now the evenings are beginning to lengthen out. Spring is knocking on the door with snowdrops and crocuses. Our woods, hedgerows and lanes will be waking up before too long.

Beating those January blues is easy once you start to think, not in terms of an escape but real adventures close to home. Feeling blessed and lucky to live in such a beautiful area.

Woodland - Beat the January Blues


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