Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Images from our latest travels

       Tuesday 4th Oct 2011

                 We've just arrived back from another trip in our motor home. We've covered a various range of subjects so here's just a small selection of the interesting places  we've discovered on our travels.

Unusual weather conditions in the Breamish Valley Northumberland where the rainbow was continuous for around 5 hours.

 Cycling up the Upper Breamish Valley to Linhope Spout at the base of the Cheviot Hills

A nice example of the Fly Agaric fungi growing in the area of the waterfall

Also the Salmon were ascending the river on their way to the spawning beds at the base of the Cheviot Hills

                        Constructing the new fish pass at Powburn

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

The island is connected to the mainland with a causeway which is covered by the tides twice a day

Another stretch of beautiful beach lies under the imposing Banburgh Castle

                        Looking across to the Inner Farne Islands

The imposing National Trust  property of Cragside

  Near to the Scottish Border, the old town of Berwick upon Tweed

L.S.Lowry the Artist visited the town many times.The Lowry artist trail
shows the many views he painted of the town

Over the border into Scotland on the nature reserve at St Abbs Head we spotted a large Basking shark more than 20ft long off the headland

                                           St Abbs

A day out in Edinburgh

                          Inside the Scottish Parliament Building

Travelling across country on our way back to the English Lake District we stopped 2 nights at Haltwistle to explore the countryside along Adrian's Wall (the famous Roman Wall)

                               The Roman town of Vindolanda

    Just a few of the thousands of artifacts excavated  from around the ruins

Back now to the Beautiful English Lake District in the gorgeous weather of late September

       Looking across Esthwaite Water to the mountain of Wetherlam

The house of Beatrix Potter at Near Sawrey where she wrote most of the children's stories of Peter Rabbit

And now back to the Lake District Fell an area that I love
The climb up Wetherlam
                  The horizontal scratches on this glacier worn rock

             In the centre of the photo a well camouflaged common frog

                                    The summit Cairn

                          Looking across to the Langdale fells

                               Across the fells to Great Carrs

Cycle ride to Little Langdale Through Tilberthwaite Gill

                                    Little Langdale  Tarn

            Lunch at the Three Shires Inn to celebrate my 71st birthday

Our best walk of the holidays .... Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man

                                 On route to Dow Crag

                  The rising mist and cloud added to the atmosphere

                                        Goats Water

                  Coniston Old Man.... our first view of the summit

                       Down from the summit to Goats Hawes

                         Across.... the summit of Dow Crag

                        The summit of Coniston Old Man

                                  The steep route down

A walk in Wordsworth countryside

                                        Rydal Water

                                       Old mine workings


                                 Over Red Bank to Elterwater

                                     The Langdale Pikes


                  The River Brathay which flows out of Elterwater

Finally another bike ride....  around Coniston Water

                             The steam boat on Coniston Water

                            Coniston village across the lake

                               Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man

                          Resting the feet at the end of our last day


  1. If I knew you were coming up Id have asked you to drop a jar of Newts off from your pond whilst you were at Cragside :)

  2. Happy Birthday David. Love the basking shark picture - what great spot! Mel

  3. Oh I cannot comment on any individual landscape photo as they are all so tremendous and beautiful. I think.."how fit they are". Happy 71st young man!!

    The Basking Shark photo...so fantastic. I can now double click on your photos and get an even better view of things..don't think I could do that previously.

    Personally, I think this type of Travel dialogue is a true gift to those who read your blog. Such a pleasure. Thanks

  4. Each photo is beautiful; the landscapes were so lovely and you have such a good eye for composition - a real treat to see. This must have been a terrific trip. Happy Birthday!


  5. This post is absolutely spectacular... I can'r express how much I've enjoyed it! Thank you so much! Larry

  6. What a wonderful trip..thanks for sharing the photos.

  7. As usual, I am in awe of how much you and your wife get out and about... at any age.

    Thought you'd appreciate a little peek at Spiranthes still blooming here in the States (very far away from where I live): http://bluejaybarrens.blogspot.com/search/label/Spiranthes%20magnicamporum