Autumn feels like quite a long time ago now; we’ve well and truly descended into winter (at four-pm my house’s average temperature is 13.5 degrees celsius). But back in October G and I decided to make the most of a stunning Yorkshire autumn and drove out to Bolton Abbey in the south of the Dales. It’s a large estate managed by the Devonshire family since the 18th century, and includes the stunning Strid Wood, a picturesque village and the ruins of the old Priory. We spent a quiet, overcast day exploring all three, marvelling at the landscape and the lack of other visitors.

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I’m back! My week off unexpectedly turned into – ahem – a three week break, but with the start of a busy September Lightly We Go is back up and running three times a week with the #PrettyHealthyProject, uni advice and support and budget-friendly tourism. More than anything, I’m super excited to finally blog last month’s trip to Cornwall with G, and that’s how I’m starting off: with a tour of our beautiful Cornish holiday cottage, the Hayloft.

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Ironically enough, I count myself lucky that G lives down on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, a good 40 minute drive away from me. Although it’s a pain to get to, staying at his for a few days provides a golden opportunity to explore parts of my county that I’ve never seen before, and opens the door to Suffolk and even Essex for daytrips that might otherwise be just that bit too far. He took a day off on Friday and we spent the afternoon in the charming town of Southwold on the north Suffolk coast, once home to George Orwell.

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Every Friday on Lightly We Go I’ll be sharing my suggestions for cost-effective destinations and attractions. By ‘cost-effective’ I don’t necessarily mean dirt-cheap, but that you’ll get your money’s worth out of your visit. As part of these posts I’m introducing a series of ‘5 things to do in…’ featuring various towns and cities around the UK and potentially Europe, too. One of the aims of this series is to encourage readers to explore their local area and support nearby independent businesses – partly inspired by Alice’s lovely post about all the ‘staycation’ trips she’d like to take around the country. So, to start with, I’m sharing 5 things to get up to in Norwich, featuring my favourite Instagram shots of my ‘fine city.’

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