Saturday 27 October 2012

Naked Lady at Northumberlandia

This is an exciting new landscape at the site of an Opencast Coal Mine at Cramlington. There is still a lot to be done but by next summer it will be a superb visitor attraction.
The waste bing has been landscaped to form a naked lady. In this photo you can see the outline of her face in the background.

Visit to 7 Stories

This is a superb Children's book and storytelling centre in Newcastle. Gaye and I took Hannah there yesterday and she had a lovely time. There was a special opening of a Viking Display and Hannah was selected to dress as a Viking and had her photo taken for the local newspaper.

Wednesday 24 October 2012

Cally Estate Walk

For our weekly Wednesday walk today we decided to head west as the weather forecast gave an excellent forecast for Galloway. We selected an 8 mile walk through the Cally Estate at Gatehouse of Fleet and parked in the grounds of the Cally Pallace Hotel. Within the first half mile we saw 2 Red Squirrels and then on our way back through the Hotel grounds we saw a third. The weather was just beautiful and the sun shone for the whole walk. The photograph above is outside the entrance to the Cally Pallace Hotel.

Lunch was a picnic on the beach at Sandgreen.

There is a Red Squirrel in the tree in the middle of the picture. Unfortunately I had forgotten my good camera so these photos are on my I phone so not as good as I would have liked.

In the small hamlet of Girthon is the remains of a very old Church so Tom insisted we go for a look.
Sandgreen Beach next to a lovely caravan site.

Wednesday 10 October 2012

Whinfell Forest Walk

Another Wednesday walk and a perfect day for walking in the Eden Valley. We started at the village of Cliburn which is about 6 miles east of Penrith. The 8 mile walk would take us round the edges of Whinfell Forest and the Oasis Holliday Village. After the first couple of miles in open countryside the stile above will take us into the forest. The main path round the perimeter of the Holiday Village was very soft in places and had been spoilt by people taking horses onto it.

This is Commonholme Bridge over the River Leith which will eventually join the River Eden.

Back in Cliburn we took the opportunity to visit this 12th century church.

Wednesday 3 October 2012

Back With the Lads

It hardly seems like 6 weeks ago since I was last on our Wednesday walk but it was great to be back walking with John and Tom again. We headed for Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve as there was a 5 mile walk there and as the weather forecast was not good we thought it would be ideal even if it was wet. We were actually very lucky and the only rain during the walk was when we were in a bird hide having our lunch break. The rain did come on very heavy just as we left the Reserve so we judged the distance perfectly.

Criffel in the back ground.

This is the site of the first Caerlaverock Castle which was abandoned about 1277 in favour of a new site 200 yards further north. The reason it was abandoned was because the site was so wet the buildings started to collapse. It would appear the weather was as bad then as it is now so nothing really changes.

The new Caerlaverock Castle

Barnacle Geese and a Whooper Swan in one of the fields.

One of the many flocks of Geese we saw flying into the reserve.

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