Beachwalking in Barmouth

After the Cader climb we had a relaxing walking day on the dunes & beaches near Barmouth. Barmouth has a very long main street tucked away behind the shoreline with lots of chunky architecturally interesting grey buildings.  Morfa Dyffryn is an SSSI and the dunes are protected. There’s a campsite called Shell Island behind the dunes & overlooking the sea & Snowdonia. Looks great . We walked along the North Wales Way , from the tidal causeway across marshland on a raised walkway, through the massive dunes to the beach. 7 miles today , but all on the flat. DSC09768 Barmouth shop karen perkins life coach career coach sheffieldDSC09769 Barmouth beach karen perkins lifecoach career coachDSC09770 Barmouth beach 2 karen perkins life coach career sheffield

Next to Shell Island & the dunes

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We didn’t get to the naturist beach, but next time !!

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The sea air & sunshine are brilliant, sand martins over the dunes & cormorants flying along the shoreline . If you would like some tips on getting outdoors & building a fab worklife balance … please contact me for a free taster or follow me @fabcoach on Twitter or Insta .

Best wishes

Karen Perkins


Climb every mountain : Cader Idris

We decided to try another beautiful mountain climb, this time in South Snowdonia . Cader Idris is near Dolgellau, and 893m high , we chose the Minffordd route, which climbs up from a valley through oak woodlands & bluebells, beside a stream that flows down from the lake in the cwm that sits below the summit. The path winds up, around the edge of that lake & climbs via slate steps , onto the circular ridge , that takes you via several smaller peaks, round to the summit.

Cader Idris, peeks above its foothills, above Dolgellau in Gwynedd, N Wales. Its still difficult to imagine being up there on that rocky ridge !!

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We took a proper platypus 1.5l water carrier plus bananas & sandwiches, nature bars. We had the full kit of foil sheet, bivvie bag, compass, map, whistle, suncream, waterproofs, charged phones etc plus plenty of layers as it was cold at the top & we cooled quickly after the hard work walking up. I have added a link to the walk , at the end of this post, if you fancy walking it . Take care preparing as the weather can change quickly & you need to be able to navigate down .


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The middle peak is our final destination.

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The second highest peak …enroute to the summit.

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The upper section of the Minffordd path as it ascends to the circular ridge …seen below.


Walking round the cwm, the path winds just behind the edge of the craggy ridge above… so once you have climbed up to it , it has even stretches with amazing views out over the adjacent valleys & back into the cwm.

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About 2/3rds of the way to the top … boots & a banana break !!


Veins of quartz look like snow drifts .

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On our way to this, the second highest peak on the way , you can just pick out other walkers. Below is the view from the same spot, but down to the lake .

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Fantastic views out over adjacent valleys towards Corris & the south. The picture below shows the typical rocky terrain underfoot on the paths.

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Looking back down to where we’d walked… from just before the final ascent to the Cader Idris summit.

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Made it, very hot , but wrapped up quickly as the temperature changed suddenly , with cloud cover so we needed to keep warm .

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A view starting our descent on the other side of the summit, the actual craggy, bristly summit can be seen below, taken as we walked along a ridge , back towards the start of the walk.

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So at least 6 miles later we reached the end of the walk, no tea shop sadly but a beautiful sight on the opposite slopes on Minffordd … swathes of bluebells…  very common in this area, and unusually on open ground, not in dappled shade.

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Phew … we made it back and went to Minffordd Hotel for a massive pot of tea & a chat with 2 other walkers we met on the descent . Link to Minffordd Path PDF

Retire now …  before you stop working …#justdostuff around your work. Don’t put it off !!

Best wishes

Karen   or follow me @fabcoach on Insta & Twitter

5 Ways to spot a Puffin

We had an amazing trip to Bridlington, to see the Hockney May flowers … however they were late blooming so we went in search of seabirds, especially the feisty #puffin. We cruised on the Yorkshire Belle , along the coast to Flamborough Head & Bempton Cliffs.


Here are some photos of the trip. We also visited the top of the cliffs the next day, and paddled in Thornwick Bay…where we accidentally spotted a pair of puffins !!  You can

1 see their bright orangey/red legs and feet.

2 see their triangular beaks

3 watch them splashing their red legs as they paddle the water on take off

4 spot them sneaking into a hole in the cliffs & peeking out

5 listen for their growly call


Getting out in nature really relaxes you , I recommend it. Book a coaching walk with me in the Peak District or straight from my office in leafy Sheffield. #freetaster

Sculpture Vulture & relaxation

Just spent a brilliant Sunday at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park with a wonderful combination of walking, views, sculpture, arts & coffee. The main exhibition was by Tony Cragg plus Zak Ove . I bought some real #YSP Honey from local bees, with a label designed by Alice Patullo. Here are some photos from today … highly recommended to get out in the fresh air, we managed a good 5 mile walk amongst the sculptures, and round the lake where we saw herons, cormorants, ducklings & swans. All rounded off with a latte on the cafe balcony looking over the green fields. Yorkshire sculpture park octopus 1Metal comb 2 #YSPMetal comb 3 #YSPStatues by Zak Ove #YSPPoppies 2 with house #YSPPoppies 5 #YSPSuspended bricks #YSPTony Cragg 2 white #YSPTony Cragg 3 #YSP white and woodTony Cragg #YSP 5 goldTony Cragg 6 #YSP diceDice Tony Cragg #YSP 7Tony Cragg #YSP 8 yellowReflection #YSP bootsGlass statue 2 #YSP

If you would like to relax more, plan a new career or just get more done please contact me for a free taster & some tips on where to go to enjoy walks, see art & generally retire disgracefully at any age . Best wishes Karen

Skyline walking in Cressbrookdale, Derbyshire

Only 20 minutes from Sheffield, the #PeakDistrict is a fantastic place to unwind at the weekend. This Sunday we had a walk of 2 parts. First we visited Cressbrookdale to look at the cliffs, crags & birdlife. Beautiful views & wild landscapes. The weather was a little overcast to start with, however as we usually find, if you just get out there & start walking it often improves! We started at Cressbrookdale.


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Walking on the edge Cressbrookdale cliffs Derbyshire
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Thorn bush on Cressbrookdale cliffs
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Cliff edge Cressbrookdale Derbyshire
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Boots #bootieselfie Cressbrookdale Cliff Derbyshire


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Little and large stiles at Wardlow, Derbyshire


Mossy walls at Wardlow, where the green showing through heralds spring.

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Snowdrops near Wardlow this Spring 2017
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Snowdrops in Wardlow
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Walls and trees, typical uplifting Derbyshire landscape with the blue sky peeking through.
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Crags at Ravensdale,  Cressbrookdale Derbyshire.

After our first walk we drove to look at the birdlife in Ravensdale, spotting jackdaws & maybe a couple of cronking ravens.

Then off to Curbar Gap, for a coffee & brownie from our favourite Jollys Catering Company & Louis the 2CV van.

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Boots on Baslow Edge Derbyshire 1
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Froggatt Edge from Curbar Edge in Derbyshire today
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Jollys 2017
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Sunset from Longshaw on the way home .

So we had a fantastic day in 2 contrasting place with overcast then bright sunny weather. Another amazing Sunday in Derbyshire, only 20 minutes from Sheffield, no wonder its called The Outdoor City . If you want to improve your work life balance book a free coaching taster or walk with me Karen Perkins! Follow me on Twitter @fabcoach or Instagram @fabcoach.If you are a business in the Peak District , Chesterfield, N Derbyshire or Sheffield join our #Networking events @DalesandPeak .

Have a great week ! Best wishes & happy walking Karen

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Sunset finally complete at Longshaw