Rediscover Local Treasures.

My step-dad turned to me the other day and said “It’s crazy, we hardly know what’s on our own doorstep.” as we stood on-top of a hill overlooking the coast of Wales. My step-dad knows so much about the world and about the small facts you’d hardly think twice about, but that’s exactly why I’ve decided to rediscover local treasures over the summer. Here in Wales we have so much history, so much beauty, tradition and folklore surrounding us on a day-to-day basis, how do we end up missing what’s literally on our door steps? We are so consumed by getting things done as quickly as possible and moving onto the next big thing, stressing out over stress, keeping up appearances, having the latest technology, and so on, that we hardly take the time to breathe and take in the beauty that’s around us.

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I’m going to start this summer series with a place that sometimes gets overlooked in my home town. The Knap, or known to others as The Cold Knap, is a pebble beach near Barry Island Beach. On glorious days full of sunshine and a cool breeze, The Knap is one of the most beautiful places to be. Most people take sun chairs, barbecues, dogs, basic beach essentials and set up camp for the day. It’s usually less busy than Barry Island, but it’s equally as beautiful. As it was a nice day, my step-dad and I decided to have a picnic of sorts where we originally decided on going down the Island, but of course we realised how busy it would be and how little parking spaces there would be. So my step-dad, the genius that he is, decided to take us down to The Knap. We didn’t sit directly on the pebble beach, we found a nice spot on the stone wall to settle down on and eat. The views we had were amazing. The beach itself looked pristine and so incredible. You couldn’t help but take a deep breath in, listen to the sound of the crashing waves below, relax and breathe out. Even on days when the sun isn’t shining, The Knap is still such a gorgeous place to visit. Sitting there eating, laughing, relaxing – that’s something we can access every single day. How much better can life get?

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We wandered away from the pebble filled beach and the sound of crashing waves until we were in a grassy haven. The best thing about The Knap is that there are several elements to it. There’s a park and a pond/ lake where you can relax in the shade and feed the ducks and swans. I found watching the swans so peaceful. They were just bobbing along, enjoying the sunshine and all the food people were giving them. Sometimes I forget that animals such as perfectly white swans exist in my home town. That they live just a few minutes away from where I live. Wildlife doesn’t just exist somewhere in the country, it exists everywhere. Which I think, is rad. Even the bees pollinating the flowers, dogs having their walks, birds flying around, butterflies floating around – Everything felt at peace there. No screaming or shouting. No loud noises. Just people and animals enjoying life.

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After meeting the swans and having a rather peaceful moments reflecting on life, we carried on walking. We overlooked Barry Island and the other beaches that tail from it, we wandered up hill towards a rather peaceful tuft where you could overlook the coast, sit down, read, embrace the wildlife, and go for a rather enjoyable walk and take in the surroundings that are literally on your doorstep. We saw people fishing, climbing the rocks, hunting for tadpoles and just lounging around and enjoying the sunshine and the sound of the birds twittering from above.

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Even if you wanted to get out of the house for an hour or two, or if you wanted to spend the day finding a peaceful spot to sit and enjoy a day with your friends/ family, The Knap is definitely a place to go. For the most part of the year it gets overlooked and forgotten, but you never know what you might find when you go there.

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I’m going to set you guys a challenge! I challenge you to rediscover local gems this summer! Tag me in your adventures on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and on here! I’ll be sure to check them all out. You can even email me your stories and adventures here at lilithmae96@gmail.com. I cannot wait to see where you guys find yourselves this summer! Until next time, have an awfully big adventure!

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. rhianwestbury says:

    You are totally right, so many of us don’t look properly at what’s around us in our own areas, I need to do this more in London x

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    1. Lily says:

      Let me know what you rediscover! When I go back to London I’ll have to check it out! 😀

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  2. Wow, you really do have a beautiful area on your doorstep! I’m definitely going to look out for hidden gems near me!

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    1. Lily says:

      That’s amazing! Let me know what you find! 😀

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  3. What a gorgeous area! I think we are all a bit guilty of not realising what we have around us at times. My town has loads of beautiful areas but all i tend to see are the cars and houses!

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    1. Lily says:

      That’s what I see in my home town quite a lot! Every place has areas that look amazing, and others not so much. But it’s so worth it when you see some pretty awesome things that are in your back garden! ☺️

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  4. Donna says:

    Ah I love this! We should all take a leaf from your book and do this more!

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    1. Lily says:

      It’s fantastic when you rediscover something you adore!

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  5. shelley says:

    The first line of this post just immediately hit me! I’m London based and only ever go to the same areas, I really need to go out and explore this beautiful city more!

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    1. Lily says:

      Definitely do! I’d love the chance to explore London even more! 😀

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  6. kirstyralph11 says:

    What a beautiful location. We’ve also been the same with not seeing what’s on our doorstep and try and investigate new areas every weekend.

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    1. Lily says:

      That sounds like a great way to spend your weekends! Have you found any beautiful areas that you’ve fallen in love with yet? 🙂

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  7. How right you are! With such wanderlust – we often miss out on the awesome things in our backyard. We have been trying to discover our state of Louisiana a little more. Your post reminded us that we haven’t done that in awhile. Thank you.

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    1. Lily says:

      That’s so awesome to hear! Please let me know when you guys go on your own adventures to find some hidden gems! 😀 I’d love to see what Louisiana has! X

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  8. I love exploring where we live I’m definitely up for the challenge, this place looks amazing!

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  9. thestyletune says:

    i so want to get away from the hustle and bustle to reflect o life!

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  10. Nice capture of the bird!! That bird is huge. Beautiful view as well. I hike on the trails and enjoy being in the nature since sometimes city life is too much!

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