Travel that transforms comes in many packages, from the surprise trip that triggers a mind-blowing realisation, to the huge stand-out moments in your life. My trip to Canada was the latter. There was no way a ski trip to Banff wasn’t going to be transformative for me. My boyfriend of 13 years is a superb snowboarder and I tried to join him in the sport back in 2008. I failed spectacularly. This was at a time where my mental and physical strength were lacking and I just couldn’t hack it. Fast forward to now, on the plane home from a ski trip to Canada feeling as high as this 787…
I know the pretty and touristic Lakelands area fairly well, and having enjoyed Esthwaite, Hawkshead, Windermere and the lower elevations of Scafell Pike, I wanted an adventure. I’d been promising myself a trip to see St Bee’s beach, the secret jewel in West Cumbria’s coastal crown. It was July, the perfect time to go.