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Lines in the landscape: West of England Main Line

The West of England Main Line was the Southern Railway’s “Holiday Line”: the main route from London Waterloo to the West Country: to the beaches of Devon and Cornwall. It was also the route from London back to the childhood home, and over the years I managed to collect a few shots of the line […]

Edge of the Vale

In the summer I spent a few evenings and early mornings shooting the hills surrounding the valley of the River Stour — the Blackmore Vale — in North Dorset and South Somerset. For much of the year, the clay and low limestone ridges of Thomas Hardy’s vale of little dairies provide little to keep a […]

The dismal town of Yeovil

It’s difficult to find a nice thing to say about Yeovil, the nearest proper town to where I grew up. But I could go on at length about the awfulness of it. The miserable generic shopping precincts with a skin of decaying and derelict buildings… …trapped inside a fortress of traffic crashing through the town […]

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 […]

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 […]