I just needed some time off work, you plod through the day to day, hitting your to-do list, making accomplishments, having set backs. After a while, I find I get a little stale, I struggle to find the joy in things, a small problem seems to get on top of me or the commute starts to annoy me, it’s times like that when I know I just need a day off, luckily for me I had one booked in at the end of June. Before the long expanse of no bank holidays until the end of August. Anyone else feel like we need an extra one in there?
David’s dad was visiting Dorset with the rest of the clan for a week so David and I headed down there for a long weekend. A weekend in the country screams of rest and relaxation, but for me it whispered about an opportunity to blow off some steam. Blow away the cobwebs and freshen up my run routes as well as my mind. I planned two new running routes for the weekend. One visiting Poole parkrun and a little warm up before hand and secondly a run down to Swanage from our cottage and back. I say down because what Google maps doesn’t tell you is the elevation and it turned out this run was perfect training for Bacchus Marathon in September.
The run despite being a bit slow was one of my favourite solo runs to date, full of beauty, nature, new sights and cheery locals.
I headed into Swanage again on the Sunday morning, this time blowing off steam in a different way. As we had a small boy as part of our party (and three large boys) we indulged in a glorious trip on the Swanage Railway. It’s not cheap but the ticket give you unlimited travel for the day and you can spend your time exploring the whole area. Jumping on and off in different villages and feeling like you are on the set of your very own period drama, or in the Railway Children – it’s your fantasy, whatever floats your boat!
We pottered up and down the line, one way with small boy on my lap pointing at all the animals on the way and enjoying the scenery, the stations are all beautifully restored with props and bunting. Staff dressed up in authentic costumes and of course there is real soot for you to find in your hair later on in the day!
They also do special trips with live music, meals, afternoon tea or even Paddington Bear. If I went again I would try to pre book one of these as dining car looked so glamourous, and it had the best engine – look at me, I’ll be train spotting next. Well I do love a bit of transport history.
There’s loads to see in the area, Corfe Castle, Swanage Beach, loads of walking routes, tea rooms and ice cream parlours. I could have easily spend the whole week exploring and I really hope to visit the area again. If you fancy following in our footsteps we stayed at Scoles Manor Holiday Cottages and I can highly recommend it.
What do you do to blow off steam?
Have you been on a steam train?