You know those times where you just need to escape, even if it’s just for one night? Every now and then those moments grip me and I have the urge to get away. It’s great to have something to look forward to. The run up to Christmas 2019 had been a busy one. In fact the second half of the year had been fairly chaotic. For that reason we decided on a weekend location within an hour from home. That location was the wonderful city of Chester. A city full of charm, history and character. I hadn’t properly visited the city for years so it was definitely time to return. We booked a hotel and on a Friday made the 45 minute journey across the Welsh border for a whistle-stop Chester sightseeing break.
First things first. Did you do a double take when reading the headline? Award winning Welsh wines? Well, let me tell you something, this little part of North Wales is known for many things. Gorgeous coastline, castle towns and views over the outskirts of the Snowdonia National Park. But now there is something else. It’s becoming known as an area that can produce award winning Welsh wines, all thanks to Gwinllan Conwy (translated Conwy Vineyard) which has really put the area on the wine production map. Intrigued by this, I decided to visit and take a vineyard tour and tasting session to see what the fuss is about.
The crisp, cold air of winter with the sun hanging low in the clear evening sky. Very few sounds apart from waves lapping gently on the beach, a single fishing boat chugging it’s way along the shore and the distant hum of conversation and laughter coming from a nearby pub. Sometimes, evenings are made for a solitary walk. Taking time for yourself, to lose yourself in your thoughts and soak up your surroundings. That’s exactly what I did one evening, when I saw a potentially beautiful sunset while staying at my mother-in-law’s house. I seized the opportunity to jump in the car and take a 15 minute drive to the sleepy fishing village of Staithes in North Yorkshire.