If you have followed me for a while you will know that I don’t *really* like where I live, and that most of the time I’m complaining about having absolutely nothing to do, or nowhere pretty to go.
It’s not that Telford is a terrible place, it’s just living in London for for years for University can really change your perception of a small town. There’s no more 6am parties, no 24 hour shops and no wonderland of things to explore on your doorstep. Moving back, definitely felt like a downgrade.
Or so I thought…
As much as I miss living in the big smoke, I’ve recently grown to love Telford for it’s own, different reasons.
Although there is nowhere near as much going on for it as London, I thought I’d share some of the reasons I am proud to say I am from Telford and my favourite things about my little town.
It’s amazing heritage – I am going to cover this more in another blog post in the near future, but Telford has an incredible history that I am learning more and more about every day!
The stunning towns like Ironbridge and Bridgnorth – When I was younger I used to visit both Ironbridge and Bridgnorth quite a lot with my parents. I loved walking around, enjoying picnics with my family and playing in the park, however now I’m older and don’t drive, it’s a little harder to get to them so I don’t go as often as I should.
Whenever I do visit I remember why I love Telford as they’re such quaint, pretty places visit. With cute cafes, stunning views and an infectious atmosphere, I feel very lucky that they’re on my doorstep.
The views from the Wrekin – Okay, okay, I don’t climb to the top of the Wrekin as much as I used to, but if you’re from Telford the chances are you’ve done it AT LEAST once. I used to go a lot when I was younger and I haven’t forgotten how incredible the views are once you make it to the top. On a clear day you can so many of the best spots in Telford, I love it!
The ever-growing Southwater Development – When I first moved back to Telford after being in London for so long it felt so so so quiet. We had a Pizza Hut and Frank & Bennies, but other that that there really wasn’t anywhere else to eat. Now that we have the new Southwater Development I feel like that’s changed loads, and I don’t often feel stuck for choice with restaurants like TGI’s, Zizzi and Bella Italia. We are still missing a decent place to go out out, but I suppose it will come with time.
The people – One thing I love about Telford is the amazing people I’ve met here and the community feel among my family and friends. I think no matter where I move in life, this is definitely always going to be home for that exact reason. From coming together to celebrate milestones of the simple things like recycling and caring for the planet, Telford has a real community feel.
The woodland walks – Telford is surrounding by a lot of woodland, which makes for some incredible walks. I actually learnt why their are so many trees here the other day, but I’ll save that for another blog post!
I don’t go out and walk as often as I should, but I do know there are lots of different trails that you can out and follow. Telford is actually celebrating it’s 50th Birthday this year (2018), so there are even some added Telford 50 trails that I need venture before all the sign posts come down!
I think that although I miss London, I have something pretty great here too and I should be so so so thankful for it.