Category: Britain

Meandering along the River Rivelin, South Yorkshire

The Rivelin valley holds hidden beauty and some of the history of Sheffield’s mills. Today the valley is a wonderful area to discover lovely picturesque waterfalls and stepping stones along with a tranquil, laid back atmosphere, a perfect place to meander along and find time to enjoy this enchanting nature trail through the valley. It’s surprising how peaceful it feels to be in the valley and beside the river Rivelin with the main road, the A57 just a stone’s throw away. The Rivelin valley was once a hive of activity, with water powered mills throughout. The Rivelin corn mill was first noted in 1632 but could have dated back to 1600 belonging to the Earls of Shrewsbury and later the Dukes of Norfolk and recorded at the time as the only water powered...

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Among The Sand Martins of the River Ouse

Summer walks along the River Ouse, Yorkshire, I love them. Showing once more you do not need to travel to get amazing sights and experiences. This particular stretch of the River Ouse at Rawcliffe Park, York is perfect for dog walks, and as you can see perfect for getting close to nature, such as the abundant Sand Martins! People often think of the Swallows arriving being a sign of Spring, but their smaller cousins, the Sand Martins tend to arrive first. All the swallows and martins come from the same group of birds more technically known as hirundines. Sand...

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The Seals of Seal Sands, Teesside

A surprising gem of a wildlife oasis, Seal Sands. The mouth of the River Tees with a backdrop of heavy industry, petro-Chemical plants, nuclear power stations all around on the horizon, yet, seals are here in abundance for all to see, and a remarkable sight to see. With all the industrial buildings around I can imagine people would never dream of thinking about how much wildlife there actually is here. A must stop if you are in the area! You can find the spot to park along the A178 south of Seaton Carew. In fact even from the main...

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Damflask Reservoir in the Loxley Valley, South Yorkshire

The day was calm and the skies were a gorgeous shade of blue with just a scattering of clouds as though they were placed there in perfection, the warmth of the sun on our backs as we began our stroll around Damflask reservoir, just heavenly. Sun cream was certainly required on this day, though this is an absolute beaut of a circuit with partial tree coverage over a generous part of the track making it easy in any weather and with a very well-maintained pathway all around it is accessible to all.  The circuit around Damflask reservoir is only...

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Clumber Park, Discovering the Gems

Clumber park is a sprawling, 3,800 acres (15 km²) country park near Worksop in Nottinghamshire. The lake alone covers around 87 acres (352,000 m²) and is a popular circuit for walking, cycling or running. On route as a bonus there’s a coffee stop or an ice-cream along the way, it’s a lovely way to relax. The serpentine lake originally took 15 years to build.   I love a good stroll and I most of all like to explore and have an adventure,  at Clumber park there’s lots to see and do, there’s an enormous expanse of woodland and heathland to ramble through, the beautiful serpentine lake to stroll around to your hearts content and plenty of places to have an adventure, that is why I...

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Beamish Open Air Museum – A Super Break of a Day

A great new day was ahead and whilst staying in Lumley Castle it was time to take in something to do in the area. Well, not far from Chester-le-Street, County Durham was a huge and well reviewed open air museum I had not yet had the pleasure of, Beamish Museum! I have always heard many great things about Beamish Museum but had never got round to it, it was about time I did! Today was the day. The idea was further concreted into my plans via the website of Super Break, a trove of ideas and days out I...

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