Monday, 29 December 2014

Seasonal greetings from Pendle Hill

Sunday 28th Dec 2014
                 Our local Pendle Hill standing at 1831 ft proved to be extremely popular today for walking off the overeating and indulgences of Christmas Day & Boxing Day.
            This is just another of the countless walks to the summit, but today with the weather being so perfect we've never seen so many people on the summit during Christmas week.
             The walk from the village of Barley is a round trip of between 5-6 miles with an altitude gain of about 1100 ft. The low angle winter sunshine just enhanced the wintry scene and made for an uplifting satisfactory winter's walk.

                     Today's approach up the ridge from Ogden Clough

                                       The source of Pendle Water

                                   Long shadows difficult to avoid

                                    Looking towards the Bowland Fells

                                          Fading Light by 2:30 pm

                   Back down via Ogden Clough before the light goes

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Latest News ....The Ribble Rivers Trust...Burnley Area

Thursday 16th October 2014

            I've just completed a short film on the progress of the Urban Rivers Enhancement Scheme in Burnley during 2014. This short film will be part of the "Burnley Newsreel" which will be shown to the public at our public show in November this year.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

They now call me the "Sun God"

30th Sept 2014
                 The title is just a bit of fun but I've got this reputation that when we go on holiday in our motor home the weather will always be good  but it hasn't to been too difficult this year to find sunny warm weather because of our glorious summer.
        My Scottish preference this year continues with another visit in our motor home to the western side of Scotland around the Southern Western Highlands and the Isle of Mull.

Our first stop after an overnight stay in Moffat  was Inveraray on Loch Fyne

                                           The main street

We stayed for 3 nights on the Caravan Club Site at Oban a beautiful location over looking the sea but just too big.

                                   Rabbits around all the pitches..
                                    Pounds of wild Blackberry.....

                                ..... and beautiful sunsets

                 A boat trip up Loch Etive to view the Common Seals

                       The small overflow channel of a past glacier

Port Appin..... from here we caught the ferry across the Lynn of Lorne to the Isle of Lismore

                                     The jetty at Port Ramsay
                       A walk around the northern shores of Lismore


North of the Isle of Mull........the Ardnamurchan Peninsula

         Resipole ......this is a beautiful site on the shores of loch Sunart

The Swallows gathering on the overhead wires, the following morning they left for their long journey to Africa

                        Beinn Resipol 2775 ft that's our goal today

     Your free to roam in Scotland so there are only a few indistinct paths

                                         The summit

                                              Loch Shiel

                              Views looking towards Fort William

                                   To prove that I was there

                                           The long decent



The western end of the Ardamurchan Peninsula .....Sanna Bay

               The Cullin mountains on the Isle of Skye in the distance

On an information board it clearly shows the rim of an old volcano which was last active 55 million years ago

                             The low rim of the old volcano

                                    The Cullins on Skye

         Ardamurchan Point the most western on the mainland of Britain

Overnight stay in a garden belonging to the house with electric hookup

              Ferry from Ormsaigmore to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull


                                 Sea Eagles at Loch Na Keal

                                              Sea Eagle

                                      On camera monitor

                Wild Camp over night views from the motor home

                       7 hours sail to Staffa and the Treshnish isles

  Staffa (Fingal's Cave) made famous by Medelssons Hebrides Overture

                               Basalt Rock Columns

                                           Landing on Lunga

                                         Atlantic seal Pups
                                Leaving the Treshnish Islands

Overnight wild camp by Loch Na Keal before driving  along its southern shore to Fionnport the south west corner of Mull

        The camp site at Fionnport we stayed here for 2 nights over looking the beach

                          This morning were off to the island of Iona

                                             Iona Abbey

                                 The highest point about 350 ft

                           A few shots of Iona's stunning beaches


                                          Ben More 3170 ft

                         Travelling up the Island to Loch Buie

                             Loch Buie wild camp location

                Robin, Hooded Crow and Heron around our wild camp

           The unmanned old post office....just put your money in the box

                                  The wildness of this remote loch

Our final night on Mull at Craignure

                             Early Morning on the Sound Of Mull

                                     The ferry to the mainland

                    Bunree Caravan Club Site near North Ballachulish

                                    The Pap of Glencoe

The wonderful early autumn light in Glencoe made us linger for a while to soak up this impressive scenery

At the head of Glencoe the terrain changes and opens out to the wild expanse of Rannock Moor, here the mountain called Buachaille Etive Mor dominates the head of the glen

At Glencoe ski centre the temperature at 3600ft is 4.2 degrees and there are still a few patches of snow that have lasted all summer

                  The unmistakably landscape of the last ice age

South of Glasgow heading south for England the hills of the Southern Uplands are covered by more than 100 wind generators

               When we started our holiday we noticed a newly woven spiders web on the passenger side wing mirror we hadn't the heart to destroy it. The spider was behind the mirror so along it came with us on our travels. periodically it came out to do minor repairs to its web and it stayed with us for the whole 2 weeks . We covered 980 miles arriving home almost a week ago and the spider's still there, the web is still in good shape.

         The web on our 14th night at Moffat Caravan & Camping club site