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Along the Clyde in central Glasgow

4 months ago
Suspension Bridge, Glasgow
Having arrived too late to join the organised canal walk the day before the Geograph AGM in Glasgow, I had a short stroll across Photo and along Photo the River Clyde near my hotel in the Gorbals, past the Central Mosque Photo and the Roman-Catholic cathedral Photo and onto the Suspension Bridge Photo. Amongst the bridges is the Caledonian Railway Bridge Photo, where tracks begin to fan out towards Glasgow Central station Photo, which I...
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City squares in Glasgow Hillhead, Kelvingrove, Anderston, Blythswood, Gorbals

4 months ago
M8 Kingston Bridge across the Clyde, Glasgow
This is my walk back to the hotel after meeting other Geograph-ers at the ran Mr, a church-turned-foodie pub in the Hillhead area in northwest Glasgow. As my hotel was in the Gorbals, that gave me an opportunity to collect a few squares while walking back on the evening of the latest sunset of the year. I started by walking down Byres Road Photo to the remnants of the former Western Infirmary, where the erstwhile Tennant Memorial Institute of Ophthalmology Photo awaits...
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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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Exploring both sides of Hadrian's Wall near Vercovicium

5 months ago
Border gate, Milecastle 37, Hadrian's Wall
This walk is a combination of a visit to the Housesteads Museum at the Roman fort of Vercovicium with a short exploration of the section of Hadrian's Wall surrounding it. Some of the mileage shown is simply moving fairly randomly amongst the ruins of the fort. The walk begins at the museum car park on the B6318. It is quite pricey but there are plenty of spaces, and there is an entrance fee which gives access to the museum and the fort. There is no need to worry about closing times at the...
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The top section of the Tardebigge flight of locks, Worcester and Birmingham Canal

6 months ago
Tardebigge flight of locks, Worcester & Birmingham Canal
While in Birmingham for an Ex Cathedra concert at Bramall Hall in the University in the evening, we decided to use the afternoon to explore the locks at Tardebigge. We left the car on the roadside on the minor road leading past St Bartholomew's Church Photo and Tardebigge First School Photo. After passing the school and walking through the cemetery Photo, a grassy slope Photo leads down to the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. The canal is reached 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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Across Birmingham city centre

8 months ago
Gas Street Basin and Worcester Bar, Birmingham
This is a walk traversing Birmingham's city centre from west to east and back. It starts from Hagley Road Premier Inn, where there is parking, presumbably intended for guests of the hotel and the nearby restaurants. After following the main road inbound for a while, we turned into Monument Road (noting a domed building with an interesting history, the Birmingham Oratory Photo) and across Chamberlain Gardens towards the Middleway, the main ring road around central Birmingham (much...
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A small circuit into Cwm Rheidol from Pontarfynach/Devil's Bridge

13 months ago
Footpath into the Rheidol gorge
A quick evening wander into the Rheidol gorge, starting from the centre of Pontarfynach/Devil's Bridge, where there is usually ample parking space by the side of the main road. After following the road in the direction of Aberystwyth up to the edge of the village, we took a gate to follow the path over grassland Photo to the edge of the gorge, just above the Vale of Rheidol trackbed. The path then follows along the edge of the wooded slope and alternates between grassland...
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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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Boardwalk circuit in Cors Caron

17 months ago
Boardwalk on the loop path, Cors Caron
A short lunch-time walk to stretch the legs on a crisp Photo winter day. Totally flat, the walk begins at a layby near Maes-llyn farm on the road from Pontrhydfendigaid to Tregaron, where there is a gate leading onto the former railway trackbed (now cycle path) Photo through the raised bog of Cors Caron. After heading south for a kilometre or so, the continuation of the track is gated off Photo (with the cycle path returning to the road) and the boardwalk circuit...
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From Buckingham Palace to St Paul's Cathedral

17 months ago
River cruise catamaran near Hungerford Bridge
This sightseeing geotrip combines a walk through parts of Westminster followed by a boat trip down the Thames and finishing with a climb up to the viewing gallery on the outside of the dome of St Paul's Cathedral. Starting from Green Park tube station, we walked towards Buckingham Palace Photo and mingled among the other tourists Photo on the Victoria Monument Photo outside the palace to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony Photo. Once the sound of the...
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Riverside path with obstacles

17 months ago
Windblown trees, Gelli Ddu
A quick evening stroll from the National Resources Wales car park at Gelli Ddu/Black Covert near Trawsgoed. This is just a flat walk through mixed woodland Photo by the side of the Afon Ystwyth Photo. On this occasion, the path was blocked in several places Photo because windblown trees were scattered throughout the forest. This necessitated a few detours to the edge of the woodlands, with views across farmland in the Ystwyth valley Photo. You can see...
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Half the Alltfedw circuit

17 months ago
Small pasture surrounded by trees on Alltfedw
National Resources Wales provide a car park by the Afon Ystwyth near Trawsgoed with two waymarked paths. One of them leads onto Alltfedw, a low ridge to the east of Llanilar and ending fairly abruptly at Trawsgoed. It is mostly covered in forest (Coed Alltfedw). Unfortunately, there had been significant storm damage recently Photo Photo, which hasn't been cleared yet. However, the lower part is accessible with care, while I had to turn round near the summit because the...
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Waterfalls of the Afon Mellte and Afon Hepste

20 months ago
Walkers passing behind Sgŵd yr Eira
This Geotrip is a figure-of-eight walk from Gwaun Hepste car park a little south of Ystradfellte. There is a small parking charge payable at a machine. The walk begins by leaving the car park towards the south on a wide forestry road. After about a kilometre, a signposted track Photo branches off towards the right to begin descending towards the Afon Mellte. Soon after, the first and tallest of the waterfalls, Sgŵd Clun-gwyn, can be first heard Photo and then seen...
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Leamington town walk Geograph meet

21 months ago
All Saints Church across the River Leam, Leamington
This Geotrip is a record of a guided walk presented by Robin Stott to mark the 12th birthday of Geograph. The route begins and ends at the Star&Garter pub in Warwick Street. From here, the walk follows Warwick Street past the Dell Photo before turning left towards the River Leam, where the effects of recent flooding were obvious Photo. Following the river downstream past Milverton Viaduct Photo, we reach the ornamented Princes Drive road bridge. Beyond it is a weir...
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Gallops, bales and ducks but no x-rays and no beer - the Ridgeway

31 months ago
Sheep Down
This walk was a pleasant surprise arising from a disappointment: We were at Diamond Light Source Photo to do some x-ray experiments on polymer films but a vacuum leak on the beamline meant that we had the afternoon off while Diamond's technicians were busy fixing the problem and pumping the system down again. Luckily I had some trainers and my camera with me, so we got to enjoy the sunshine and the scenery of the West Ilsley Downs instead. As the Ridgeway, an ancient track, runs...
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A sightseeing walk in Paisley on a dreich January morning

31 months ago
Paisley Town Hall across White Cart Water
While in Paisley for work, I had a quick walk around the town centre before heading back down the M8. The light wasn't great on this grey January day but it was dry and I managed to get some shots of the University Photo, Town Hall Photo, Paisley Abbey Photo and the Coats Observatory Photo. I'll be back in the summer! You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page Link .
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Boardwalk circuit in Cors Caron

43 months ago
Ducks near Maes-llyn, Cors Caron
Just a short walk to stretch the legs on a Saturday afternoon. Starting from the old reserve car park, effectively a lay-by on the B4343, we followed the alignment of the abandoned Aberystwyth-Caerfyrddin/Carmarthen railway, which now serves as a long-distance cycle path. After passing the new-ish visitor centre, a small boardwalk circuit Photo leads into the bog and past some ponds, remnants from the times when peat was dug here Photo. A short branch leads to the massive...
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A quick stroll amongst the Teifi Pools

46 months ago
Craig Ddu Fach with two of the Teifi Pools
After a first week of the year which was a total wash-out, I wanted to get at least a short stroll in, so had an hour's ramble to west of Llyn Egnant Photo. A stiff northwesterly was chasing heavy rain clouds Photo, and the light was soon fading Photo. Not much of a walk, but at least out for a moment! You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page Link . Trip profile:...
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Ceredigion coast north of Llangrannog

46 months ago
Ceredigion coast path between Cwmtydu and Llangrannog
This is the most recent section of the Ceredigion Coast Path Photo, which makes it a continuous walk all the way from the Pembrokeshire border near Aberteifi/Cardigan to the Dyfi estuary. I started this walk at Cwmtydu, which is a bit off the beaten track but has ample space to leave a car. Cwmtydu lies in a breach in the coastal cliff formed by two streams merging just before they reach the beach, and so the walk starts with a steep climb Photo onto the cliff path...
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Reservoirs and poor judgement

46 months ago
Craig Goch reservoir
I hadn't quite appreciated just how much snow there was in the Elenydd after the heavy Easter snowfall. We had very little of it in the western foothills. Starting from the dam Photo of Craig Goch Photo, the topmost of the Cwm Elan reservoirs, I followed a track Photo up the side of Esgair Perfedd, originally aiming for the Roman camp and the waterfall next to the Rhaeadr mountain road. But I wasn't really prepared for serious snow, and when I encountered extended...
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An evening stroll in the Hafod estate

46 months ago
Afon Ystwyth from the Hafod viewpoint
The Hafod estate is located in the Ystwyth valley just upstream of Pont-rhyd-y-groes. It has a dense network of tracks and paths both on the valley bottom and on the steep flanks either side. Some of the landscape features originating from the time when the area was a landscaped country estate have been restored, but it all fits in nicely with the character of an upland river valley. I live nearby, and while the evenings are light I sometimes go for a short stroll in the Hafod estate after...
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Low cloud and a little snow on Pumlumon

46 months ago
Cloud front over Cwm Hengwm
A surprise sunny cold spell at the weekend between two miserable, murky November weeks gave an opportunity for a quick ascent of Pumlumon Fawr from Nant-y-Moch reservoir. As the camera battery was playing up, I had to resort to using the phone to take pictures - with reasonable results. Starting from the minor road running up the eastern shore of Nant-y-Moch reservoir, I took the hydro track to Llyn Llygad Rheidol, waded through the stream emerging from its overflow and made my way up...
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