On Day 5 of our Yorkshire Dales trip we decided to visit Bolton Abbey, it is located just off the A59 in between Skipton and Harrogate, easily accessible from major roads and railways. If you are using a satellite navigation system, please use the post code BD23 6EX. This brings you to Bolton Abbey village for access to Priory Church & ruins and walks to the riverside. Car park charge is £10 per car and includes all occupants of the vehicle.Read More
Day 3 of our trip we decided to drive the hour and a half journey into the Lake District. We headed for Windermere , found a car park and headed to the lake. We made our way back up into town for something to eat and drink before deciding to drive into Grasmere.Read More
Day Two of our trip took us to Ribblehead Viaduct or Batty Moss Viaduct as it was otherwise called. Its a grade ii listed structure which spans approximately 400 meters and was started on 12 October 1870, it has 24 massive stone arches 104 feet above the moor. It was responsible for that many loss of lives the railway paid for the local graveyard o be extended.Read More
Today the so called Beast From The East arrived in thanet, it was a little disappointing or not depending on your point of view. It was more a dusting from Dusseldorf.
I had already packed my camera bag in preparation so i decided i would head out to see what i could find to shoot. I first headed down to Ramsgate WestcliffRead More
Day 7, and our final day of our week in Exmoor , we set off for Woolacombe Bay , i had seen the name before but could not think where from. After a short drive we arrived and found the main car park along the bay. You entered the car park and only paid on leaving, there were no pay and display machines at all and at this point i could not see how you paid when leaving. Turns out when you leave a man is at the barrier and gives you a price based on how long you have stayed with a £5 charge for 3 hours and over. I have no idea how they can tell how long you have stayed and neither did i get a ticket or receipt , not open to abuse at all !Read More
Day 6 of our Exmoor trip we went to a place called Heddons Mouth, its where the river Heddon flows into the sea, its a sight i rarely see. This is a gentle walk and can be seen here on the National Trust Website. We stayed on the right of the river and crossed over a little later than shown on the map , and again there are plenty of other routes that you can go if you are feeling more energetic.Read More
Day Five of our trip to Exmoor took us to Horner Woods in the morning. This was a relatively short drive, we parked in the car park and headed off into the woods. There are plenty of opportunities to go off the default red trail and extend your walk, we however stuck to the shorter path due to wanting a more relaxing day after yesterdays coastal walk. Its a nice walk around the forest with the river and a few nice looking bridges to photograph along the way. We had the fortune of walking along the path when we could hear a noise in the distance getting louder, all of a sudden on the path ahead we could see eleven Exmoor Ponies trotting towards us on the path. Was really nice to see them in their natural environment, we moved off the path to allow them a choice of route and watched as the trotted on past us and up a steeper path. The walk took a few hours as we were slow and stopping every now and again to photograph a scene or just admire the views.Read More
Day three of our trip took us to the rugged seaside town of Ilfracombe on the North Devon coast. Took us a little under an hour to drive here. Got to the car park and the weather was not kind to us. It pretty much rained all day on and off which made getting any usable images a little tricky. The above image is a five shot panorama i took of part of the coastline of Ilfracombe.Read More
Just got back from a week away in Exmoor. We stayed at Weir Bungalow in the small village of Brendon , ten minutes drive away from the towns of Lynton on Lynmouth. What a beautiful place, with a real rugged coastline and the green lush mooreland in stark contrast in one scene. We has a rough idea of areas we wanted to visit but no hard plans. We managed to visit Brendon, Lynton, Lynmouth, Porlock weir, Watersmeet, Valley of the Rocks, Ilfracombe, Woolacombe bay, Heddon's Mouth, Wringcliff Beach and Horner Woods to name a few places we managed to get to. As we stayed in the UK i always like to try and take all my gear with me so i can take what i need as i think i will need it. I have it all in a Pelican Case and use a Lowepro flipside 400 as a day pack. Although i also use a 35litre Lowe Alpine backpack which i found to be more comfortable to wear with the weight of the gear. I am not getting any younger so need all the help i can get.Read More
Took a last minute trip up to London Winter Wonderland , here are a few images of our day out. Really would like to make a trip up here just for photography, maybe next year!Read More
Just got back from a short five day break on Dartmoor National Park. We have been to Dartmoor on a few occasions but never stayed in Dartmoor itself. We stayed in a cottage just of B3212 near Darcombe. We arrived at around 14:00 hrs and were greeted by the owner who allowed us in an hour early. Lovely lady , very friendly and down to earth. She showed us in and then left us to it. There was all the tea making facilities all laid out on the table along with cup cakes and fresh cut flowers, very nice welcome. Once we had a short rest, we then unpacked and got ourselves settled in. Due to it being later in the year than we normally visit the light was already starting to fade, so we decided to just wander around the ten acres of land we were in.Read More
Last week i shot a very small private wedding, for a lovely couple, Chris and Alina. We got some of the standard family images after which we separated from the family and made our way to Ellington Park in Ramsgate where we took a series of images, a few of which you can see below....Read More
Just got back from a quick trip to London with my wife. I booked the hotel a couple of weeks ago to take my wife out for a Valentines Day trip and a evening out. This is the Second time we have stayed at this hotel, which we are both so impressed with. The customer care you receive on arrival is very good where nothing is to much trouble. Check in is not until 14:00hrs although we arrived just after 11:00, hoping to at least be able to leave out luggage while we headed out for some lunch. However on arrival we were told that our room was all ready and we could go straight up.
As you can see from the above image , the room is a fair size, the huge flower is actually a door to the wardrobe , following around , you have a small kitchen area with Tea/Coffee facilities and a sink. A microwave and fridge are also provide. Then you come to the door for the bathroom beyond which is a seating area with table and a second wall mounted tv. Great hotel and highly recommend it if you want a good , centrally located hotel. This is directly opposite Westminster and Big Ben.
In the Evening we had a nice walk down to the Southbank. Walked along from Westminster all the way up to Tower Bridge . On the way back we stopped of for Dinner at a Pub by Blackfriars Bridge called Doggetts Coat and Badge . Nice pub with a restaurant upstairs over looking the Thames, great views and a nice meal.