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Post-AGM exploration of Glasgow's Museums

4 months ago
North Clyde Line and mural, Partick, Glasgow
This Geotrip describes a walk led by Richard Sutcliffe LinkExternal link , who works at Glasgow Museums and gave us some insight into some of the museums the city has on offer and how they present and curate their collection. We started from the Gilbert Scott Building Photo, the main building of the University, where the Geograph AGM had taken place in the morning. After a look across town from the viewing point at the foot of the bell tower of the...
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Geograph-ers exploring Glasgow's Merchant City

4 months ago
Brunswick Street, Glasgow
On the day after the Geograph AGM 2019 in Glasgow, a group of Geograph-ers met for a guided walk of the Merchant City. Our tour guide was local fellow member Richard Sutcliffe LinkExternal link , who led us through the grid pattern of the area and explained some of its architectural features, occasionally referring back to Tony Lewis's talk at the AGM the day before. We started at George Square Photo, following down Buchanan Street to the arch at the...
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Geograph's 14th birthday town walk in Gloucester

7 months ago
Cathedral Close, Gloucester
To celebrate Geograph's 14th birthday, a group of Geograph-ers followed Phillip Halling's call to come to Gloucester for lunch at the Fountain Inn, followed by a town walk. Phillip guided us around the cathedral precinct and the docks and treated us to his detailed and interesting commentary on all aspects of the city's history from Romans to mediaeval times to early industry. From the pub in Westgate Street Photo, we walked through College Court Photo to Cathedral Close...
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A Geograph-ers' walk from Heath into Wakefield

15 months ago
Fields on the edge of Heath
Having had a walk around the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the morning after the 2018 Geograph AGM in Wakefield, we relocated to have lunch at the Kings Arms Photo beer garden in Heath, followed by a short walk back into Wakefield. After leaving the magnificent Heath Common Photo, effectively a super-size village green, we whacked our way along overgrown paths through woodland and towards the River Calder Photo. Following the riverside path past Fall Ings Lock...
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A Geograph-ers' walk in the sculpture park

15 months ago
Yorkshire Sculpture Park: "Reclining Figure Hand"
On the day after the 2018 Geograph AGM in Wakefield, a few of us met up to visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, located in the grounds of the former Bretton Hall Photo Estate. Besides many modern outdoor sculptures Photo Photo Photo, there are exhibitions by contemporary artists Photo Photo and also an underground gallery Photo for indoor exhibits. The park is located on a hillside Photo, partly wooded and partly grassy, and...
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Public footpath from Sydenham across Thame Park

26 months ago
Footbridge on path from Thame Park to Sydenham
Footpath, stiles and bridges in Thame Park are well maintained, giving a pleasant walk through open parkland grazed by sheep. In August 2017 a small section of the official route near Manor Farm, Sydenham, was overgrown but there was an easy bypass on tracks. Access at the Thame end is onto a busy B-road with no pavement. You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page Link .
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The end of the 2015 season

48 months ago
The Wheatsheaf, Chilton Foliat
It won't be long now, another week or so, before my travels are curtailed when it gets too dark to get anywhere I need to. The year went totally the opposite to the plans, the primary being to break a record on my map. That would be increasing my maximum distance between two points, a new myriad or a compass point record. Due to various circumstances those didn't happen, although all required around an 80 mile plus trip each way. Various helpers became unable to help and no replacements could...
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Southampton's old town and cruise docks

62 months ago
Berth 101
The day after the Geograph conference 2014, fellow Geograph-er Basher Eyre took us on a guided tour Photo of Southampton's old town. Starting at the station, we walked past the Civic Centre Photo towards the town walls Photo. After seeing an interesting mural Photo summarising Southampton's history in Hamtun Street and hearing about Southampton's oldest church, St Michael's Photo, we saw a number of preserved buildings such as a mediaeval wine...
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The wrong side of the Nant-y-Factory from Glaspwll

62 months ago
Maesycoed Queen Raising Station
I had great plans for this Easter holiday walk: A farm track would take me up to the intake of the curiously named Nant-y-Factory (if one can trust the map in this respect), then find my way up to the top end of the Moel-y-Llyn forestry, round the four lakes around Angler's Retreat and finally back down the upper Cwm Llyfnant, with a waterfall thrown in for interest. It didn't quite work out. I didn't manage to set off until afternoon, then couldn't find anywhere to park without...
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The source grounds of the Afon Irfon

65 months ago
Moorland at the head of the Afon Irfon
14 Apr 2014 A walk to start the season, with relatively little ascent but some tough terrain. Starting from the Tregaron-Abergwesyn mountain road near the turn-off to Dolgoch hostel Photo, I took the forestry track onto Bryn Crwn Photo, gaining height over Nant-ystalwyn farmhouse at the bottom of Dyffryn Tywi Photo fairly quickly. The landmark waterfall Photo visible from the road is mostly above this track, with a few further cascades after passing the...
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First-bagging in the National Nature Reserve of Cairnsmore of Fleet

78 months ago
Across the Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve
Ever since seeing them from the ridge during a cold February walk with a friend on Cairnsmore of Fleet in 2009 Photo, a group of 8 unGeographed squares in the valleys to the east had been winking at me. Id rather assumed (wrongly) that they must have been protected by some sort of access restrictions into the National Nature Reserve, but a call to the warden at the Dromore Visitor Centre confirmed that those sorts of archaic conditions genuinely only affect us poor souls in England...
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A visit to the top of Dunstall Castle

80 months ago
On top of Dunstall Castle
Ever since I was a small child I have been familiar with Dunstall Castle, as a child I imagined it was the ruined remains a real medieval castle. Photo Later I discovered it was in fact a sham castle, or a 'folly', one of a number built around Croome Court and its parkland for the 6th Earl of Coventry. Dunstall Castle was designed by Robert Adam in 1766/7. Over the years of neglect it had crumbled and lost its central turret. In 2009, along with the Panorama Tower Photo and...
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If you're visiting London

81 months ago
Busking on the beach below Gabriel's Wharf, SE1
London! Despite living there in the 1960s we decided we'd like to live in different parts of the country (together!). We began our ramble round Britain, living, working or studying in Photo Norwich, Photo York, Photo Perth and Photo Warwick for the last 28 years. In the sixties I found London increasingly oppressive but now when I visit I thoroughly enjoy it; it's easy to get around; it's a pleasure to just walk, there's so much to see. And photograph. On a...
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Promoting Geograph

87 months ago
Yes - I am a Geographer
My local church decided to have a hobbies day this weekend (Saturday). Not wishing to miss out on an opportunity to showoff my many and varied photographs, and wanting to promote the Geograph project, I set about choosing slides to use in a powerpoint / slide show. I wasn't expecting to be able to use direct/internet link, so I screen-dumped the homepage, login, search, and a number of other useful pages. There was a great deal of interest throughout the day, particularly from other...
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Jam lives again

87 months ago
(Jam is the name of one of our servers. Which following a forum contest have been named along a Tea set theme. So it helps power the site along with Toast, Scone, Milk and Cream) Jam has been in operation 24 hours a day, since mid 2006. For the first 5 years, it faithfully held the primary copy of the photographs. It had 1.5TB of disk space in a Raid 5 SATA array. By the beginning of last year, it was getting noticeably slow, and also the available disk space was beginning to fill...
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Looking for the Gunpowder mills

88 months ago
Gatehouse by the gate
Saturday 12th May was another of those days my wife went off to a dog fun day. I came along to keep her company as it was somewhere different. I had checked out the map of the area and it looked quite fruitful in the number of pillboxes there could be. So after getting to our destination of Chilworth I thought it was time for a walk round on my own, while my wife and dog enjoyed their day. First problem I encountered was I had left my map behind, had the GPS but no map of the places I wanted...
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Barradale Circular, Islay

89 months ago
I was excited as I set off on the day's plan C. Plan A had been abandoned as it was just too photogenic a day to go to a certain village on Islay which I won't mention for fear of insulting the hundreds of folks (!) who read these blogs! Plan B had been abandoned after driving 15 miles to Ardbeg in the thickening cloud which turned into heavy rain and which was no doubt a retribution for rejecting Plan A. So Plan C had to be put into operation. But first to devise Plan C as it wasn't in...
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Giur-bheinn Circular, Islay

89 months ago
As always, I had scrutinised the weather forecast for days before deciding to head up Gir-bheinn on Wednesday, 18th April 2012. As always, the forecast was not quite accurate, but at least I didn't end up getting drenched as our church party did on their walk on the same day on the Rhinns (my symapthies to them of course!) Gir-bheinn is a fascinating, if diminutive, mountain. Viewed from the east, as it generally is, it appears as a gentle mound, hardly noticeable in mountain terms. From...
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Exploring the water mills of the Loxley valley

89 months ago
Black Lane near Olive rolling mill
A group of Geograph-ers met again the morning after the Geograph conference to walk the Loxley valley from Malin Bridge to Stacey Bank. Alan Murray-Rust had prepared a map and factsheet for each participant showing the locations of all the former mills along the way. Setting off from the tram stop, we soon left the road and followed a footpath along the river, seeing the sites of Wisewood Photo rolling mill and forge on the way. The rolling mill at Little Matlock Photo is...
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Along the Sheffield Tinsley Canal into Sheffield

89 months ago
The Straddle, Sheffield Canal Basin
On the Tue afternoon before the Geograph conference, a group of Geograph-ers met at Meadowall South / Tinsley tram stop for a walk along the canal to its terminus at Sheffield Canal Basin on the edge of the city centre. The walk passes a flight of locks at the Tinsley end Photo to take the canal up towards industrial Attercliffe Photo. The canal then runs in a fairly deep trench, with the tram and several foot and road bridges crossing it at considerable height...
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Storakaig to the Sound of Islay

89 months ago
It wasn't the first time it had happened. XC Weather had got it wrong before. 8% cloud at 10 am had really meant 80% on at least one other occasion. Feeling slightly hard done to, and exchanging my favoured polariser filter for a regular skylight filter, I decided to go for it anyway. Those squares on the east coast of Islay had been waiting long enough! The poor lighting meant at least I got further quicker, stopping only to take the requisite photos, and rarely for any additional 'bonus'...
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Circular Walk to and from Ardbeg, via Solam, Loch Uigeadail and Tighnaspeur, Islay

91 months ago
The walk started from the phone box at Ardbeg, along the track to Airigh nam Beist and then northwest to Solam, rather than northeast to Loch Iarnan as on a previous walk. Solam is known as the plague village on Islay because it is where plague victims were banished to keep them away from healthy Islay residents Photo. I have yet to find the carved faces, flat stone and wishing well mentioned by Armin Grewe in his blog: LinkExternal link....
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My geograph apprenticeship on the Shotley peninsula

91 months ago
Fields near the end of the day
The first time I visited the Shotley Peninsula was in 2009, where, after a visit to Arger Fen Photo, I followed (by car) the north side of the Stour to the sea. After a walk along the Stour near Holbrook Photo I decided to that this was an area that needed exploring. I was already taking pictures of landscapes, mostly woodland and coast, when I encountered geograph a couple of years before I joined in May 2011. I had a small Sony compact and a nokia phone with a crude map,...
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Ballimartin to Killinallan - linear, cross-country walk

91 months ago
This was a much anticipated walk. I'd poured over the map so many times in preparation for the trip that I was beginning to think maybe I didn't need to bring it with us. Oh, such foolish thinking! We'd gone about 10 yards before Linda asked, "Right which way is it now, Becky?" and I had to admit I wasn't sure. It's one thing geographing on your own when, if you get lost/stuck in a bog/want to take a detour/take longer than anticipated etc, you've only yourself to blame, but when you've got...
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Margadale Circular, Islay

91 months ago
The forecast was looking good for Monday 6th February so, with renewed vigour after a lethargic start to 2012, I poured over the Explorer OS map for North Islay and looked for green squares and figured out how to make a circular walk out of them. Delighted at the prospect of a good long walk in the rarely seen sunshine, I drove northwards, basking in the sun's warmth - until I reached Ballygrant, where suddenly the earth was plunged into a cloudy abyss. "Could this possibly be the same...
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