Tag: landscapes

Tyne To Tees Walk: From Nose’s Point to Easington Colliery

New sights and new things to discover. After a lunch pause at the cafe in Seaham Marina it was time to get back on the coastal path. I was on the Tyne to Tees Walk and halfway through day two. So many wonderful scenic miles done and many more to go, wonderful. Heading South out of Seaham it really is no time at all before you come to the stunning Nose’s Point. Ahead as you walk up the outcrop comes into view. Hard to believe this was the site of a colliery even as late as 1991 that employed...

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Yosemite, A Dream Realised

Yosemite is a place that I have dreamed of visiting for many years. I finally got the opportunity to pay a very quick visit recently. Only having a couple of free days in San Francisco, I was quick to book a hotel room and rent a car. Unable to get a room in Yosemite National Park, I ended up staying in Oakhurst. A couple of mistakes that I made were not appreciating quite how far away the visitors centre was from my hotel and the second was not realising that I needed snow chains on my car to carry...

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A Walk Above Stanhope in The Durham Dales

The Durham Dales, a wonderful place to walk and hike. It is indeed and even more so with your dog as everywhere seems to be so dog friendly. I am sure your four legged friend would never forget all the wide open valleys and countryside being discovered too! After our morning exploits around Teesdale and Low/High Force we too the time to drive over to another valley for the afternoon walk, Weardale! And a gorgeous drive it was too. The destination in Weardale was Stanhope. A great place to start many a walk. Just taking a look in the...

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Tenerife Landscapes & Seascapes: Whilst dreaming of Humboldt and Darwin

Lots of people will probably think of Tenerife as the home of cheap (ish) holidays in the sun for Northern Europeans – especially the ‘lager louts’ of Britain.  And to some extent this has been the case – Los Christianos and Las Americas still have a little bit of this image.   Tenerife and the other Canary islands, however, have a lot more to offer.  My previous blog on Dolphins outlines some of the marine wildlife watching opportunities of the islands.  The geology is also fantastic, the centre of Tenerife being the volcano of El Teide  – also the...

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Dove Stone Reservoir – A Saddleworth Gem

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...

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Climb Criffel to views over four lands

Heading north into Scotland turning left along the northern side of the Solway Firth you hit the A75 to Dumfries. Going Westward you cannot fail to see the prominent peak of Criffel, isolated against the skyline and teasingly inviting for a climb. In fact it is the prominent hill you see if you have ever looked across to Scotland from the north of Cumbria too. I was in the area so just had to get out and climb up again whilst the sun shone a little. There are four lands it is possible to see from the top. More...

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