Category: Britain

Walks On Crompton Moor (High Moor), Oldham

Spanning approximately 160 acres and is one of the largest open spaces run by Oldham Countryside Service and is a registered common in Greater Manchester. It has also been a site of biological importance from 2003. The coal and sandstone quarries in Brushes Clough and Pingot were halted in 1970’s and Brushes Clough Reservoir was constructed in 19th Century. Crompton Waterfall flows into Pingot Quarry from Crompton Moor and then into the River Beal. Ancient artifacts have been discovered on the moor such as a palstave from the Bronze Age. On a Sunday afternoon we like nothing better than...

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St Pancras International – Gateway to European Adventure

I recently spent a day in London with my camera and a desire to capture the details of two stations that I’ve frequently passed through. I have shared the results of half of this trip in my King’s Cross article and here is an account of my experiences and thoughts while I was at St Pancras. St Pancras is the 10th most used station in Great Britain according to 16-17 government statistics, which measure almost 33 and a half million entries and exits during the year. Victorian built St Pancras Station was designed by engineer William Barlow, and opened...

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Durham Castle – The Palace of The Prince Bishops

The year is 1072, only six years after the Norman conquests, and William the Conqueror had moved the Normans northwards requiring a castle where Durham Castle now stands. The main aim to defend from the Scottish but increasingly also, a place to govern from with a rebellious peoples of North England. Construction began in 1076 under the Earl of Northumberland, Waltheof, but alas he rebelled against the King and was executed. What came next was a complete change of the way the area was governed, specific to the area. County Durham has numerous signs saying the ‘Land of The Prince...

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Walking In Dentdale

I absolutely love cottage holidays. A converted farmhouse in the middle of lush countryside, roaring fires, home cooked food, fine wine, and good company. You cannot beat it. And best of all is the walking which is on tap every time you open the front door and step out into the great outdoors. The Yorkshire Dales has so many options for exploring and walking. There are some great long distance trails; the Yorkshire Three Peaks is ever popular as walkers try and complete the 24 miles and peaks of Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Whernside in under 12 hours. The Coast...

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Launderette Sessions, Durham – A Unique Gig Venue

On a recent weekend break in Durham I was looking at some unique and great things to enjoy in the evenings. I was pointed in the direction of The Launderette Sessions at the Old Cinema Launderette. Now then, that is totally unique indeed, of course I went for it and a wonderful evening it was too. Yes, it is a launderette by day, a very good one by all accounts, but in the evenings it becomes a venue for music gigs of all kinds of tastes. It is not often you get a quirky place where you get a...

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King’s Cross Station – Entry to the Hogwarts Express

Increasingly as I’ve passed through King’s Cross or St. Pancras stations on a mission to get to my ultimate destination, I’ve been distracted by the number of interesting features and the stunning architecture at these stations. This was so much the case that I recently decided to spend the day with my camera wandering around these fascinating places to do them proper justice. This article just features King’s Cross and I will concentrate on St. Pancras in another article. King’s Cross is no doubt a busy place, in 2016/17 there were almost 34 million entries and exits making it...

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Fairy Lights: A Cosmic Connection

The weekend before last, as I was decorating the Christmas tree, accompanied by the obligatory cheesy Christmas music compilation, and feeling very Christmassy as perfectly timed, big white fluffy flakes of snow fell outside (a very unusual occurrence here in London), I got to thinking.  As I was carefully placing baubles and decorations so as to achieve maximum sparkle from the fairy lights entwined around the tree, I began contemplating, not for the first time, just why it is that we are so drawn to all things twinkly and sparkly.   And it is not just the magic of fairy lights at Christmas that enchant and excite us, we are captivated by all forms of light, natural and artificial, at any time of the year. As I write, the mood will be set for many a romantic dinner the...

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A Nottingham Wander – Vibrant and Always an Adventure

As I walk through the city streets of Nottingham it’s clear to see the diversity of not only the differing architecture, but multi-cultural and multi genre mixing like a ballet. The variety of shopping areas, museums, galleries, eateries, bars and cafés are mind boggling. The choice of entertainment just explodes through the seasons with special events taking place in Nottingham’s old market square making this vibrant city come alive. A very cosmopolitan city with hidden gems.  Nottingham is renowned for its history, especially that of Nottingham castle and the legend of Robin Hood, the castle is a museum and art gallery, the castle and its grounds have been undergoing a redevelopment to ensure its full potential is met and is...

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