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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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Sun, 11 May 2014

Uncanny Valley


[Tag] Tags: architecture, coastal, north wales, portmeirion, rural, tourist attractions, uk, villages, wales

Sun, 30 Sep 2012

At Abereiddy


[Tag] Tags: coastal, industrial, pembrokeshire, quarries, rural, uk, wales

Sun, 8 Jul 2012

In Credit Crunch Caernarfon


[Tag] Tags: caernarfon, castles, gwynedd, history, recession, uk, urban decay, wales

Sun, 20 May 2012

On Snowdon


[Tag] Tags: industrial, mountains, railways, rural, snowdon, snowdonia, uk, wales

Sat, 11 Feb 2012



[Tag] Tags: abandoned places and things, blaenau ffestiniog, cwmorthin, history, industrial archaeology, industrial, moelwyn mountains, mountains, north wales, quarries, ruins, rural decay, rural, snowdonia, uk, wales

Sun, 13 Jun 2010

Location: Moel-y-gest

There's a hill at Portmadog behind the Black Rock Sands, a moel, Moel-y-gest.

Black Rock Sands

A 200 metre grey and green granite lump.


Paths weave through the lower slopes, past the grazing sheep and dairy cows.


Converging, often merging into the heather and bracken, meandering through the rocky plug of the peak.


Where you can finally stop for a rest on the iron age fort, above the estuary of the Afon Glaslyn.


Look back.

Black Rock Sands

Peer down on Tremadog.


As the sun dips behind the true mountains of Snowdonia.


And the evening clouds roll over the rippling ridge of Lleyn Peninsula and disperse out over the Irish Sea.


And the long summer grass shivers in the dying light.

[Tag] Tags: moel-y-gest, mountains, portmadog, rural, snowdonia, uk, wales

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