Restoring my calm at The Waterways #BetterPlaces

February 24, 2015

When did life become so hectic?

I don’t remember rushing from one thing to the next when I was younger, taking the time to enjoy a long soak in the bath or settling on the sofa to read a good book. These days life is a series of school runs, work, housework and entertaining children… not that I’m complaining, I love my life.

There are times when I could actually do with clearing my head, sitting down without any distractions and just watch the world go by. I’m lucky that where we live there are several local spots that I can go for a relaxing stroll, take a load off and sit down for a while or go and feed the ducks.

After a hectic couple of weeks and a few late nights I woke this morning with a dull headache, my bodies way of telling me to slow down and to look after myself better. This morning marked my first child free morning for a couple of weeks as I had been helping out at school before half term and then with half term last week I was either at work or out and about with the children. So after dropping Tigger off at pre-school and Roo at school I decided to head home down the seafront and pop into The Waterways for a little stroll.

The Waterways

The Venetian Waterways, Great Yarmouth, adjacent to the North Beach is a tranquil place for visitors to enjoy. A popular haven for ducks and heron, it’s a great place to stop and relax for a while.

The Waterways - Entrance

Whenever I find that life is going at 100 miles an hour, my patience is running low or like this morning my head was aching I try to take 10, 15 or even 30 minutes to myself and head to The Waterways…

Taking a stroll around the many paths, over the bridges or down the steps there is a different path for each visit making it feel like a new adventure each time.

Sitting watching the water flow by, the ducks swimming and the birds flying overhead it is easy for me to clear my mind and think about the simpler things in life.

Wandering in and out of the many gazebos, peering over the gate to the boating lake and enjoying a drink at the Waterways Cafe.

Enjoying a relaxing trip to The Waterways is easy when the children are at school however it is a great place to take the children too. They can feed the ducks, scoot down the path ways, play pooh sticks or gaze out over the wind turbines at Scroby Sands, as well as an ice cream from the Waterways Cafe in the summer.

The Waterways - A place to sit

The Waterways - Gazebo

Where is your better place?

Do you have somewhere you head to when you want to relax, clear your head and forget the everyday life?

Disclosure: This #BetterPlaces post is in support of the Syndol Headache Relief Find Your Better Place campaign with BritMums. Syndol Headache Relief is now formulated for headaches. Visit for online resources with information about headaches and how to restore calm in your life.

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  • Sonya Cisco February 24, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    What a gorgeous place for a stroll, and I am usually cramming work into my few child free hours, but make sure I give myself a little me time, for a stroll, a shop or a read every now and then – so important!

  • Jen aka Muminthemadhouse February 24, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    When ever I am stressed water always seems to calm me down. We live back by the sea now which is great, we used to live in berkshire, but the canal was only 2 mins stroll away

  • Globalmouse February 24, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Wow what a beautiful place to have near you. I would love somewhere like that to go and blow away the cobwebs. Great photos.

  • Erica Price February 24, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    That does look nice. I love to be near the water, but there isn’t much of that around in Birmingham.

  • Mummy of Two February 24, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    That looks like an amazingly tranquil place for a visit. I love a walk along the beach it always helps to remove the stress!

  • Mums do travel February 24, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    What a great place to escape to, it looks lovely! My place to relax is the woods and fields behind our house. I love walking there with our dog.

  • The Diary Of A Jewellery Lover February 24, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    I love your photos, what a relaxing place to visit. My relaxing place is the beach which is in walking distance from my house. When you look out to see and watch the waves it is very calming.

  • Kara February 25, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    What a wonderful looking place – even the pictures relax me!

  • otilia February 25, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    I could so spend a couple of days there

  • Mari February 26, 2015 at 11:37 am

    That looks like a dream place to visit. Beautiful photos which show it off perfectly.

  • Nikki Fraser February 28, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    it looks like an amazing place to help restore calm.

  • Fritha Strickland March 2, 2015 at 10:15 am

    oh wow this place does look so calming, lovely! x

  • Zena's Suitcase March 3, 2015 at 9:24 am

    What a beautiful place to visit. We live near a river and I find taking time out for a walk down there is really uplifting. Thanks so much for sharing with #MyFavouritePlace

  • lori March 4, 2015 at 12:16 am

    I’m not suprised you find it relaxing with that lovely landscape! I find water super calming too and it looks a fun place to explore with little ones. x

  • Julie Martin March 4, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I don’t really have a “better place” although I love the idea of it. I agree, so much rushing about nowadays.

  • Ickle Pickle March 6, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Oh wow, this place looks absolutely amazing! I would love to go there. Mummy would love the peace, I would love the ducks! Thank you for linking up to #MyFavouritePlace x

  • North East Family Fun March 17, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    This place just looks idyllic and I agree – the perfect place to clear your head. Beautiful. Thanks for linking to #traveltales

  • Penny March 20, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Oooh, that looks lovely. I’ve been to Great Yarmouth a couple of times but am not ‘intimate’ with it if that makes sense, hehe, I had no idea somewhere like this existed.

    What a lovely alternative to the beach though. I must check this out next time I’m in that neck of the woods 🙂

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