Tag Archives : coastal


Uncanny Valley

On a small wooded peninsula where there estuaries of the Dwyryd and Glaslyn meet at Penrhyndeudraeth south of Porthmadog in the foothills of Snowdonia in the kingdom of Gwynedd, you can find the Uncanny Valley. Portmeirion: the construction that looks just close enough to being a village as to be eerie, but just far enough […]

At Abereiddy

Walking south along the coast path of St David’s Head in the Pembrokeshire National Park, amongst the bays and headlands of rugged and ragged cliffs and worn-down volcanic hills, one lesser, lower, headland stands out for its clearly man-made feature. The squat little tower of Abereiddy, standing on a headland that is barely still there, […]

Kilve and Lilstock Beach

Where the Quantock Hills AONB meets the Bristol Channel on the West Somerset coast. And the waves from the Atlantic wash away the silt of the river estuaries and undercut the shale cliffs. Leaving great intertidal platforms, sections through the Lilstock Formation of Jurassic and Triassic rocks, and revealing the fossils of ammonites and dinosaurs. […]

Brean Down

A great limestone scarp runs the breadth of Somerset, the Mendip Hills, famous for their karst landscape — the gorge at Cheddar and the caves at Wookey Hole. Where it meets the sea in the Bristol Channel, it takes the form of a 2km long peninsula beside the village of Brean, Brean Down, and 4km […]

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. It’s on the east coast in the far north of the Scottish Highlands, on the railway half way […]

From here to a promontory

The rocks that rebuilt London were pulled from a distant limestone island where the wastes from once great quarries now give way to stormy seas where the racing tides of the Shambles bank are kept safe and shipwreck free by Portland Bill. A True Story. More pictures in the Portland gallery…

Bristol to Burnham by bike

Download this tour as a Google Earth layer. An approximately 65 mile (104km) ride from Ashton in Bristol to Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset. Add 3.5 miles if you’re coming from Temple Meads station: go over Valentine’s Bridge, past Gardiners, under Bond Street, through Castle Park, along Welsh Back, through Queen Square, over Princes Street Bridge and […]