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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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Tue, 25 Dec 2012

Winter in Keswick


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



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


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



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


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







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


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

Sat, 26 Feb 2011

Helmsdale Harbour


In the winter, while I neglected to post on the blog, I spent some time out of the way to concentrate on work. Helmsdale in Sutherland was about as out of the way as I could find.

Washing Line Sea Wall

It's on the east coast in the far north of the Scottish Highlands, on the railway half way between Inverness and Thurso.


At the mouth of the Helmsdale River, otherwise known as River Ullie, which flows down the Strath of Kildonan (Strath Ullie) from Loch Badanloch.

Lobster Pots Street

It has a little harbour with big old breakwaters where the snow gathers and stays pristine until the stormy seas crash and overtop the walls.

Harbour Wall

Built in 1818 during the Highland clearances, when subsistence farmers were evicted by landlords who wanted to develop more profitable industries and agricultural practices on their estates.

Warning No Networking

The harbour was built to accommodate herring fleets, worked by the displaced farmers, and it was extended in 1823 and 1892, and refurbished in the last couple of years.


At one time the tiny port was home to 200 fishing boats, one of the largest herring fleets in Europe.

Footprints Harbour Wall

Now it's as much a tourist town as a fishing port, but a few boats remain, out every day, even in the darkest mid-winter.


More pictures in the Highlands gallery.

[Tag] Tags: coastal, harbours, helmsdale, highlands, history, rural, scotland, sea, snow, sutherland, uk, winter

Wed, 16 Feb 2011

White Christmas

Stalbridge Park

At Christmas it snowed in Dorset. It doesn't often snow in Dorset. When it does, everyone gets out to use it while it lasts.


Goes sledging in the steep sheep fields.

Stile trees

Flattening the snow on the paths through the woods.

tracks tracks

Leaving icy tracks on every slope.

photo photo

Taking photos of the familiar landscape in a new outfit.

Wood Lane Farm Wood Lane

Before their feet trample it all down.

Park sunset Icy tree Wood Lane Farm Barrow Hill Farm Houses
Park Lane Barrow Hill Stalbridge Park Blackmore Vale tree
Barn Church Yard
Blackmore Vale

[Tag] Tags: blackmore vale, dorset, rural, snow, stalbridge, uk, westcountry, winter

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