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Lockdown story

2 months ago
High Street, Bridgnorth
I usually make plans for each year for the photo season, roughly when the clocks go forward till when they go back, based on new map records and areas. The easiest new record was going to be my 20th myriad, SH in mid Wales. Then came the lockdown when we couldn't go out for more than about an hour, so on local duties. I covered every area I'd rarely visited Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo, and as a result of the added time managed a couple of POTY...

Cul Mor from Knockan

2 months ago
On the nose of Sron Gharbh
The Walk Highlands website provides a suggested itinerary for climbing Cl Mr, and this was mostly followed for this Geotrip. The walk uses the Stalkers Path from Knockan that crosses Meallan Domhain and climbs Cl Mr by the North East ridge. The walk then heads North West along the spur over Sron Gharbh until the terrain descends abruptly at a nose. This point provides a memorable view over Loch Sionasgaig and Stac Pollaidh. The return is made along the spur to the bealach separating...
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The Braes Loan Trail

5 months ago
The Braes Loan Trail
You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page Link The Braes Loan Trail incorporates several historic elements going back to the 12th century and beyond. Part of the trail is believed to be an old pilgrim's route which used to pass through Markinch and along which Edward I led his invading army into the village in 1296. The trail also makes use of old cattle routes used to drive cattle to and from grazing at 'The Mires', a once-boggy area...
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A short walk to Myreside Pond

5 months ago
Myreside Pond
You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page Link . My wife first mentioned this pond to me one evening whilst we were reminiscing over old times and I was intrigued by the name she gave it - 'Scabanory' - and what she told me about childhood memories of catching tadpoles, minnows, etc. It has been many years since her last visit and she wasn't quite sure of its location but, with a little research and the help of a local history site,...
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The Grantham Canal

6 months ago
Lorry on the bridge
The slight easing of the Covid-19 restrictions allowed a relief from a very routine daily round in the urban environment for getting essential exercise, with an opportunity to get out into the countryside. The early part of May 2020 has produced significantly fine weather. The canal towpath has been developed as a multi-user route and is a popular place - not too many at the time I was taking my walk. The walk gan be seen as a Geo-trip here Link
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Railways of Chasewater 1

6 months ago
Former bridge support, Brownhills
As many of my fellow geographers know, Birmingham and the Midlands has a rich history of railways. Subsequent to their demise before/since Mr Beeching, many have now become fabulous oasis from the (once) fast pace of the city and of life in general. Fast forward to the present worldwide lockdown, and I chose to get some early morning exercise visiting the area north of Brownhills to search out such railway relics, whilst enjoying a short hour and a half's walk in the sunshine and with...
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Ilkley to Eastby

7 months ago
River Wharfe heading towards Bolton Priory
Starting from the Old Packhorse Bridge in Ilkley, which coincides with the eastern end of the Dales Way proper. The route basically follows pastures beside or close to the River Wharfe to reach the village of Addingham. Once passed a caravan site, the long distance path follows pastures through wonderful scenery dominated by Beamsley Beacon to the east. On reaching the B6160 a path has been created in fields parallel to the road, to keep walkers safe from speeding traffic. After Bolton...
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Half a season

7 months ago
Swan on the Welsh harp, Kingsbury
My photo season begins in April and ends in October, when I can travel as far as possible in a day to make my map records and collect pre-Worboys signs. Luckily I did two such trips just before the clocks went forward, and means the road signs which I consider a priority as so many are gone if you wait a day too long, are up to date. Each year I list the next trips, using the map to see the next record I can get without being stranded in the middle of the night off the A1 in Lincs...
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Strath Halladale

7 months ago
You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page Link .
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2019 summary

11 months ago
Belle Vue Street, Filey
2019 was probably my busiest Geograph year. I reached 18th on personal points (I didn't aim to, I just went out most weeks), and went further in a day and back in Britain than I have in my whole life (although Brussels is the record). In fact it was because the Eurotunnel was on partial running through August as it was so hot and told passengers not to travel if possible I chose Yorkshire as an alternative. It was a good idea in principle, but I didn't allow long enough to get there as...
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One last look at the cooling towers

11 months ago
Cooling towers of Ironbridge Power Station
I was in Ironbridge back in the summer and whilst visiting some of the museums I took a couple of photographs of the cooling towers of the Ironbridge Power Station which ceased generating electricity in 2015. Knowing the towers were to be demolished during the coming winter I thought it would be good to return when the leaves have fallen thus hopefully getting a better view of them. Ive been thinking over visiting in recent weeks but the dull and very wet weather of November had put me...
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Circular walk by the River Beauly from Black Bridge

12 months ago
Riverside path near Groam of Annat
A circular walk beside the River Beauly above Lovat Bridge used to be possible by parking a car near Lovat Bridge at the entrance to the estate. The Laird has now closed the logical car parking area, and the walk now is best made by parking at Black Bridge. The full circle is over 9 km if one extends the route into the woodland that adjoins the Balblair Quarry. In fact the best part of the walk is the section in Balblair Wood. The route along the river is very quiet. I have been in the...
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Confirmation of inaccessibility

14 months ago
Steep cliffs at sea level on Pen-y-Bâl
A week-long holiday in Trefdraeth, I thought, might give me a fighting chance of picking up the two still-green squares of SN0442 and SN0543 on the coast just to the north of Newport Sands. It appeared from the maps that, steep as the access obviously was, it might just be possible to sneak into either of them from the south in each case. The first attempt was at SN0543. On the Tuesday afternoon, I took an illicit but quick bike ride along the coast path to scope things out, and...

Mission complete

15 months ago
Market Place, Caistor
My 13 year long Geograph mission was completed on the 24th of June 2019. It had stages, the first was compass records, going almost as far east as it's possible in Southwold Photo, the south coast in various places Photo Photo, north to Harrogate Photo and west/southwest to Exeter Photo. Exeter also completed the longest reasonable distance between two points, as living in a corner of the map in London can't equally travel north and south to get long...
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Siss Cross

18 months ago
Siss Cross
Typical of the many crosses that are a feature of the North York Moors. Originally erected by the Saxons or Danes after their conversion to Christianity but most replaced over the years. Their purpose has been speculated as a waymarker, territorial boundary or a memorial but may have been re-used for all of these. Siss Cross is on Danby Low Moor close to the ancient trod running north from Danby to the coast. From my photo-diary for 14th May, 2019 see LinkExternal link
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Powder House, Belmont Ironstone Mine

18 months ago
Powder House, Belmont Ironstone Mine
The climb up Highcliff Nab from Hunter Hill Farm used to be one of my regular routes, but I rarely get that way much now, so I was surprised to see how much clear felling of Guisborough Wood has been done, with I guess more to follow. I remember this heavily reinforced concrete bunker being hidden by trees and almost buried. It was a powder house where the black powder or explosives for the Belmont Ironstone Mine were stored, well protected and well away from the mine entrance and other...
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The Lake, Studley Park

18 months ago
The Lake, Studley Park
John Aislabie first began to create the landscaped gardens of Studley Park around 1716 but it was only after he retired from Parliament under dubious circumstances that he was able to devote fully to the task. During his time as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Aislabie guided the bill through the House of Commons whereby the South Sea Company would take over the national debt in exchange for government bonds. But when the South Sea Company collapsed in 1720 it was found that Aislabie had...
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Day Return to Kyle of Lochalsh from Dingwall

21 months ago
Coast at Badicaul
The railway line from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh is famed for its beauty. Together with the more publicised Harry Potter line that includes the Glenfinnon viaduct on its way from Fort William to Mallaig, and the wilderness route to Fort William over Rannoch Moor, the majority of the passengers who use the lines are tourists out for the ride and experience. Each year my wife and I plan a winter journey from the Inverness area on one of the North Highland lines. The choice is...
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2018 summary

22 months ago
Harrogate War Memorial
2018 was the busiest photographic year of my life. A new car actually compatible with motorways Photo (it's only a 1200 but size isn't everything) started me off breaking new records from the beginning of the year onwards. First my north record in Lincolnshire Photo , followed by my map distance record a month later in Exeter Photo . As I am in London Photo trying to beat that again north or west would require a lot further, towards the Lake District, as SW-NE...
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Scottish Hill Track 303 part 1 Glen Torridon to Coire Mhic Fhearchair

26 months ago
Coire Mhic Fhearchair
Scotways Hill Track 303 takes the popular walk from Glen Torridon between Beinn Eighe and Liathach as far as a col and then heads up behind Beinn Eighe before crossing trackless country to join a path along Glen Grudie that reaches Loch Maree at Bridge of Grudie. The 14 km walk is described in detail in the Scotways book, Scottish Hill Tracks. The first half of the walk is on excellent paths and a small spur takes you into Coire Mhic Fhearchair. Many take this route there and back to...
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Scottish Hill Track 329, Strathrory to Dalnaclach circular walk

28 months ago
Scotways sign for Hill Track 320 Dalnaclach to Strathrory
Each year a walks programme is organised for members of Scotways - the Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society. Besides being a social activity and led by a local member, the opportunity is taken to check up on the signage and the state of a Hill Track and exploring whether any maintenance is required. Scottish Hill Track 320 is a 7 km linear link from Strathrory to Dalnaclach. The opportunity was taken to create a circular walk starting from the Forestry Commissions Aldie Burn car...
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Scotways Hill Track 315, Dingwall to Strathpeffer and Garve

29 months ago
Tree on the Knock Farril ridge
Scottish Hill Track 315 is 20 km long and connects Dingwall and Garve, which are just one station apart on the Highland Line from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh. The route can be broken into two, a Dingwall to Strathpeffer section and then Strathpeffer to Garve. In fact I had walked much of route 315 when on shorter circular walks, but had always thought the route as a simple linear walk would be rewarding. Studying the summer rail timetable it became evident that trains were better...
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Beinn Eighe Reserve Mountain Trail

29 months ago
Conservation Cairn and summit of Leathad Buidhe
The Beinn Eighe Reserve provides two trails. A short woodland trail and a far longer mountain trail. The woodland trail is around 7 km and can take four hours because of the steep terrain. According to others: The Mountain Trail is a fabulous trail to explore the hills of Beinn Eighe. This loop trail takes you up through ancient woodland, rugged grasslands and heath, to the beautiful heights of the mountain terraces. This is a memorable walk, with breathtaking views over the surrounding...
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The circuit of Loch Affric

29 months ago
Beside the Affric Kintail Way
The walk around Loch Affric passes through Scots Pine woodland and open moorland with fine views of the neighbouring mountains and Loch Affric. Glen Affric is considered one of Scotland's finest glens and in reaching the River Affric car park at the end of the public road to start the walk you will have passed through delightful woodland and loch scenery. The circuit of Loch Affric is around 18 km and taken leisurely in good weather could take 7 hours. According to Wikipedia Loch...
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Long distance mission

29 months ago
Ripon Road, Harrogate
2018 was planned to make my longest journeys and make inroads into the compass extremes and new myriads. It began with a January foray into Lincolnshire Photo , all fine besides it being dark on the return, but still gained a good range of spots in SK Photo and TF Photo myriads. Exeter Photo followed, longer and further and dark when I got there as it was also raining since Wiltshire Photo which wrecked many of the photos with water damage on and around...

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