If you have been following my wanders lately you may have seen I have spent plenty of time wandering the River Ouse, camera in hand. Occasionally these walks take me into the City of York, where I have acquired a new coffee stop, at York Railway Station. York Railway Station is one of those buildings that gets overlooked by thousands daily. The hustle and bustle of travellers and commuters not taking the time to look up and around to see how remarkable the station is. There is plenty of detail to be admired and photographed. Coffee, sit, look around....Read More
A day at Shugborough Hall, near Stafford, I can highly recommend for a family or learning day out. Make sure it is a full day mind as I was wandering so long I am having to split these articles into 2! First though let’s start with the gardens, monuments, nature and views outside the hall itself, there is a lot of it, and interesting it definitely is. Even before I stepped inside the grounds I was greeted by some nosy muddy little fellows I will go more into the history in my post soon about Shugborough Hall building itself,...Read More
We live in a lovely valley in the North of England called the Eden Valley. It is perhaps less well known than it’s near neighbour the Lake District National Park. The valley’s rolling drumlins, rich agricultural grasslands, hedgerows and stonewalls present a less rugged landscape than the high fells and deep lakes of the Lake District itself but, in my view anyway, it’s equally beautiful – but then I was born and bred here – so I’m biased. One of the valley’s great joys is the abundant wild flowers on the road side verges. The road verges of Cumbria...Read More
Have you ever felt the need to press the pause button on life…Just to stop and take a breath of fresh air…to ponder and clear the head? Yes? Then I shall begin…a little Norfolk pause is exactly what our day transpired to be. Location: Burnham Overy Staithe, Birthplace of Richard Woodget, the captain of The Cutty Sark. The harbor where Lord Horatio Nelson first set out to learn sailing and rowing skills at the age of 10, two years before he joined the navy, a film location too, yet a tranquil haven for the mind, body and senses, or...Read More
Daffodils herald the Spring and these days Rapeseed the promise of Summer. But this is a fairly recent addition to the English countryside isn’t it; pretty much non existent 10 years ago? In my book it is a welcome one from an aesthetic viewpoint, with great swathes of gold brightening up even the dullest of days. In Shropshire, my county, there seems to be a little more every year and it moves around, so different fields pop up as yellow, changing the landscape always in a beautiful way…….love the look of this stuff, but know little about it and...Read More
A place I have actually lived at and a place that draws me back time and time again, Dove Stone Reservoir, Saddleworth. On the outer edge of Oldham and Greater Manchester, above the village of Greenfield and nestled below the Pennines is this area of beauty that can be, and is, enjoyed by many. You may or may not know I am an Oldham lad, aye! From as young as I remember my dad took me on my first steps in nature and on hills at Dove Stone. Childhood adventures among the rocky outcrops, boulders and forests. It was...Read More
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