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Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

It had been an awakening from the sleep of winter, the day that we decided to walk the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. The sun had pierced the January gloom and the sky was brilliant blue, the perfect Sunday for a Valentine’s walk. I had bought ugly walking shoes for this purpose and even posted a photo … Continue reading

Gairloch Beach, Highlands, Scotland

Gairloch Beach, Highlands, Scotland

It had been a wet and wild few days on the North-West coast of Scotland. Rather than remain holed up in our lovely, little loch-side holiday cottage we had embraced the inclement weather and stomped about the Highlands, soaked to the skin. So when the first glimmers of sun shone that July morning we decided to head … Continue reading

Red Squirrel Walk, Formby

Red Squirrel Walk, Formby

Red squirrels are rare in the UK, their numbers drastically reduced in the 1870’s when the grey squirrel was introduced from North America. Last weekend we decided to make the most of the balmy weather and  seek out the native red squirrels at the National Trust Formby, near Southport. Situated by the coast the pine woodland … Continue reading

The cottage overlooking the Loch

The cottage overlooking the Loch

Situated in the hamlet of Ardaneaskan, just five miles away from the village of Lochcarron, is this beautiful, homely holiday cottage. Tigh Ali was to be our base for our week of adventure in the Scottish Highlands. This was the magnificent view down the garden and across the Loch when we arrived, the only sound to be … Continue reading

Highland Adventure

Highland Adventure

We set off on our road trip north early one bright Saturday morning, heading up the M6 whizzing past the Lake District and beyond. We were Scotland bound, the Highlands to be precise, a place I had last visited thirty six years ago. The journey took us beyond Glasgow, past Loch Lomond and onwards, upwards past … Continue reading

Street art, Blackpool

Street art, Blackpool

A couple of years ago I wrote about the Sand, Sea and Spray urban art festival in Blackpool. The free festival returned to the seaside town last month, so my son and I set out on the final day in the hope of catching some of the artists in action. And we came across none. … Continue reading

Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail

Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail

Here in the north of England it is positively brrrr right now, the summer sunshine consigned to the great big weather dustbin in the sky. It is hard to think that just a week or so ago we took a peaceful amble around the beautiful Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail under blue skies and glorious sunshine. The trail, which … Continue reading