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Touring Britain bit by bit with a pair of boots, a few bicycles, a lot of trains and a bag of lenses. I take pictures and then I write about them.

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Sat, 7 Sep 2013

Autumn at Stourhead

Stourhead

I'm not sure why it has taken so long to do a post for Stourhead, the impressive landscape gardens at the source of the River Stour in south west Wiltshire.

Stourhead

Stourhead

I guess I was taken there so many times as a child that I've managed to avoid going back too many times since to take pictures.

Stourhead

But with autumn fast approaching, when the arboretum of international specimens will be looking its best...

Stourhead

bluebells

...and the classical follies reflected in the lake will be framed in reds and golds...

Stourhead

...I thought it might be time for it to feature on the blog.

Stourhead

Stourhead

Stourhead

Stourhead

Stourhead

Stourhead

Stourhead

Bristol Cross

Stourhead


[Tag] Tags: gardens, lakes, national trust, rural, stourhead, uk, westcountry, wiltshire


Fri, 1 Feb 2013

Lesser of The Lakes

Windermere

Windermere is famous as the largest of The Lakes in the English Lake District, and in England generally. Its also famously a beautiful place, flanked by the high fells of Langdale and pretty villages like Ambleside, celebrated in verse and on canvas by the romantics, and loved by the millions of tourists who have poured in since the Kendal and Windermere railway first brought the lake within reach of the masses.

Windermere

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Windermere

After several visits to the more northern lakes and fells without ever having been along to Windermere, I thought I better go take a look and see what the fuss was about. So after a trip to Keswick I took the bus down to Ambleside, intending to walk along the shore to Bowness and up the hill to the station.

Windermere

But it turned out that a walk along the shore wasn't possible, because Windermere is crap and walking near it is forbidden.

Windermere

Windermere

Windermere

Windermere

Windermere

Windermere

Windermere

Windermere

Windermere

Perhaps I was just grumpy that day, but what could be seen of Windermere from beside the main road in the gaps between the trees and the dense forest of "keep out" signs didn't impress the way that Ullswater and Derwent Water do.

Windermere

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[Tag] Tags: crap places, cumbria, lake district, lakes, rural, uk, windermere


Tue, 25 Dec 2012

Winter in Keswick

Castlerigg

In February 2010 I booked the train up to Penrith...

Latrigg

Sun, snow, sheep

only to break the bicycle I'd planned to take on the day before departure....

Skiddaw

so changed plans and walked everywhere in the snow around Keswick and Derwent Water, where the boat bus company fought to break the ice...

Windermere

Derwent Water

up over Walla Cragg and Latrigg in the blizzard, and through the fresh snow around the stones at Castlerigg...

Derwentwater

and got the double decker bus down to Windermere for the train home...

Latrigg

Ashness Bridge

Skiddaw

Sheep, shadows, and snow on Skiddaw

snowstorm and sunlight

Windermere

The squirrel was a lucky catch in the woods below Ashness Bridge.

squirrel!


[Tag] Tags: cumbria, lake district, lakes, mountains, rural, snow, the north, uk, weather, winter


Sun, 1 Jul 2012

The Derwent Dams

Derwent

At the northern end of Derbyshire the rain that falls on the Dark Peak of the Peak District gathers into the River Derwent, a tributary of the Trent, which cuts a deep valley through the millstone grit plateau.

dam

Derwent Reservoir

The valley here is dammed by the Howden and Derwent Dams, and then, after conflux of the Derwent with the Ashop, by Ladybower Dam, to form one of Britain's major water supply systems and quench the thirst of the industrial towns of South Yorkshire and the East Midlands.

Derwent Valley

The solid stone neo-Gothic Howden and Derwent dams were constructed first, starting in 1901, with a narrow gauge railway constructed to carry rock up the valley from their quarry to Birchinlee, the temporary "Tin Town" of the builders. The upper of the two, Howden, was completed a hundred years ago, in July 1912, and Derwent followed at the end of the following year.

Derwent Reservoir

Derwent Reservoir

It immediately became clear that the dams weren't catching enough to support the growing populations and industries of the areas, and so a weir-culvert-tunnel system was constructed to divert the Ashop from the neighbouring valley into Derwent Reservoir. But even after with this source added in 1920, the problem was not really solved. In 1935 work began on Ladybower Reservoir, capturing further tributaries and extending the catchment area from 21 to 26 square kilometres, and adding 6.3 billion gallons of storage capacity to the 2.1 billion of Derwent and 1.9 billion of Howden.

Ladybower Reservoir

These photos were all taken in May last year. I'll have to go back for more one day, though: after prolonged rain, the dam faces become huge spillways.

Ladybower Reservoir

Derwent Reservoir

Ladybower

Derwent Reservoir

Upper Derwent Valley

Upper Derwent Valley

Upper Derwent Valley

Upper Derwent Valley

Upper Derwent Valley

Upper Derwent Valley


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[Tag] Tags: derbyshire, history, lakes, peak district, reservoirs, rural, the midlands, uk


Sun, 13 May 2012

Skiddaw from the shores of Derwent Water

Derwent Water

This is another one of those views I seem to keep returning to.

Derwent Water

Derwent Water

With attempts from the summers of 2007 and '08, the spring of '09 and winter '10.

Derwent Water

The distinctive blunted heaps of England's fourth highest mountain, Skiddaw...

Skiddaw

Derwent Water

...reflected in Derwent Water.

Derwent Water

The same view that appealed to and was exaggerated by the Romantic landscape artists.

Skiddaw

Derwent Water

One day I might even get around to climbing to the top and taking one looking the other way...

Derwent Water


[Tag] Tags: cumbria, lake district, lakes, mountains, national parks, rural, the north, time series, uk


Wed, 26 Oct 2011

Haystacks

Haystacks

Not a big hill by Lake District standards, but a popular one.

Sign

Because of its pleasant ascents past the tarns and rock formations.

On Haystacks On Haystacks

And the view over Buttermere and the valley.

Buttermere

More on Wikipedia.

Buttermere

[Tag] Tags: buttermere, cumbria, haystacks, lake district, lakes, mountains, rural, the north, uk


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