‘Mountain, forest, desert or sea?’ I always have a problem answering that travel question. Truth is, a part of me wants to sample a bite of each. But ask me, ‘mountain range or lowlands’ and my answer trips right off the tongue – mountains every time.
Whether driving, walking, riding or even flying over, there is something majestic about navigating mountainous regions. All those lovely winding roads, not knowing what is around the corner, what magnificent view will befall you next, lots of nooks and crannies that cry out to be investigated. It’s that enchanting air of mystery that makes my toes tingle with excitement and intrigue.
We are blessed with many such areas in the UK: from the beautiful Derbyshire Dales to the ruggedness of Cumbria and the Lakes, to the impressive Scottish Highlands; the magic of the Black Mountains in South Wales. This week I was fortunate to visit another area which has secured its place firmly in my list of favourites.