Exploring my Local Area: Gosford

Exploring my Local Area: Gosford

I don’t know about anybody else, but I spend my days wishing I lived somewhere else. I spend hours browsing for flats in Belfast, jobs in London, and dreaming of the gorgeous towns in America I could move to. As a result, I’ve started to neglect my local area. I spend so much time wanting to live somewhere else, that I forget just how gorgeous my local area is. So I’ve decided to make it a goal to explore more of my local area, and I thought it would be fun to make it into a blog series. So for the first part of this series, I decided to explore a local forest: Gosford Forest Park.

Gosford Forest Park is large area of both woodland and parkland and is home to Gosford Castle. There are many walks, orienteering routes, cycling routes and camping facilities. When I was a child I actually lived on the very outskirts of Gosford, in an old gate lode, so the forest was my playground. We took almost daily walks around, my friends and I would cycle around (we tended to get lost quite a lot) and it made for the best games of hide and seek ever. But ever since I moved to a different town, I very rarely ever go. These days I usually only go into Gosford if my boyfriend decides to go slack-lining, and even then we tend to go straight to the same spot.

Exploring my Local Area: Gosford

So last Monday, I decided that, despite the constant rain showers, I would go for a wander around the forest. I had actually brought my camera, but being as silly as I am, I forgot my memory card. Good job we all carry around a camera in the form of a phone isn’t it? There’s so many gorgeous insta-worthy areas in Gosford. From the massive trees, to the castle.

Exploring my Local Area: Gosford

Exploring my Local Area: Gosford

The building of the castle began in 1819 though it was not fully finished until 1859. Occupied by the Acheson family until 1922, it was then used for a variety of purposes including accommodating troops during WW2. In 2006 the castle began being restored and changed into homes.

Exploring my Local Area: Gosford

Unfortunately the renovation of the castle has meant that you can no longer walk around the actual castle grounds or the walled gardens. However there are still many other gorgeous places you can walk to. Just outside the gate to the Walled Garden, is an old sundial. The actual dial is missing however it is still a gorgeous focal point in the forest. There is also a lovely message on it, that reads ‘Times passes, friendship remains’ in French.

I only spent a few hours walking around Gosford, but I was instantly reminded of how much fun I had as a child. I took a lot of photos that day, so scroll down to see more!

Exploring my Local Area: Gosford

Exploring my Local Area: Gosford

Exploring my Local Area: Gosford

Exploring my Local Area: Gosford

Exploring my Local Area: Gosford

Exploring my Local Area: Gosford

Exploring my Local Area: Gosford

  • Deimante Baurinaite

    Wow your local area is so pretty! It’s really cool that a forest used to be your playground 🙂 I know how it cal feel to wish you were elsewhere so I think it’s such a lovely idea to reconnect with your surroundings.
    Deimante x

  • This area looks beautiful! I love that old gate. Your photography is really good!

    Tia | The 10am Blog

  • It’s always wonderful to be a tourist in your own city, I wrote a post similar to this recently about my own home town of Norwich and it made me really appreciate the area I live in a whole lot more! The castle looks absolutely enchanting, what a shame you can’t walk around fully! Those bluebells are beautiful too, the flowers are some of my favourite things about spring!

    Abbey ✨ http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  • I’ve only just discovered your blog and i just want to say that your photography is beautiful girl!! Really enjoyed this post!!

    Love Sophie | http://www.pintsizedsoph.co.uk

  • This is such a beautiful local forest park. I would love to have something like this, near me !


  • Alisha Valerie.

    Oh my gosh!! Babe you live in a wonderland of beautifulness. Every single picture is stunning. I’d love to live somewhere like this, it’s so gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing lovely! 🌸💗✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x
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  • happywiseowl

    It’s funny how you miss what’s on the doorstep – we had visitors from New Zealand and showed them around which was great fun and opened our eyes as well!!
    Em x

  • Amy Eade

    Oh wow this is a stunning place! I always think that I should explore whats around me more rather than always wishing I lived somewhere else – I’m sure there’s lots of beautiful places everywhere!
    Amy xx

  • Lucy

    What a beautiful place and photos!! xxxxx


  • It looks like you live in such a beautiful place! Thankfully I’m quite the home bird so I never really think about living elsewhere!

  • Holly

    Gosford castle looks beautiful! I’d love to visit someday. Having our phones is SO handy for photo’s but it’s such a pain when we bring the bulky camera and forget the bloody memory card! I feel your pain haha

    Holly x

  • Sian…

    Wow these photos are beautiful! I live in the countryside but it’s nowhere near as pretty as this!

    Sian x

  • Stacey

    Wow! This area looks amazing! That castle is stunning. I think sometimes it is easy to forget to appreciate the places we live in because everywhere else seems so glamorous. The grass is always greener and all that…

  • Tea Party Beauty

    Such a pretty area. It’s strange how we mostly all love to travel and explore, but yet never do so in our own town/city.

  • ADoseOfChatter

    I looooove photo diary style posts! Pictures are beautiful even if you did forget your memory card! (That’s soooo something I would have done hahah). Gosford Forest Park looks like a lovely place to explore and walk around. I recently came across a gorgeous nature trail 5 minutes from my house, and ive lived there all my life! So it shows how many beautiful things can be around us, I think people need to appreciate nature more.

    Fab post, love Izzy | http://www.ADoseOfChatter.com

  • Lauren Wilkinson

    This is such a beautiful post. I often find myself wishing I was elsewhere; I particularly miss the seaside since moving to Yorkshire. However, Yorkshire is so beautiful and I need to do as you have and explore my local area. Love your images.

    Lauren xxx bylaurenjane

  • These are some absolutely stunning photos, I love photo diary esq posts so much! x

    Kayleigh Zara

  • This is me, I live in a little village that’s beautiful but dull and I’m always wishing I lived somewhere like London, I need that hectic lifestyle haha.
    I’ve found myself more exploring and making the most of where I live 🙂

    Beautiful pictures <3

    Iamfoxxtailz | Alternative Style Diary

  • i’m the same with the area around me. i look up flats in london and forget to explore what actually is around me and i made my goal to do that more.


  • This looks like such a gorgeous area! It’s so easy to find yourself dreaming of other places to live too – when I still lived at home I spent all my time dreaming of living in London and now I live here I spend all my time dreaming of being back at home (minus the rent, responsibilities etc – essentially I want to be a child again!). I’m terrible at exploring my local area too – at weekends I tend to stick to specific areas of central London and even though I’ve lived here for over a year I’ve barely explored the borough I live in let alone the rest of the city! You’ve inspired me to head out with my camera more often and wander somewhere new <3
    LJLV | Luxury Meets Alternative

  • Your photography in this post is truly stunning! Amazing job. It looks amazing and calm there.

    Steph xx

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