Author: <span class="vcard">gordon</span>

Mere Sands Wood

Mere Sands Wood is a small nature reserve set around several lakes, which is operated by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.  The area was originally planted with woodland during the mid 19th century, however there were large amounts of sand deposits which were extracted for industry during the 1970’s and 80’s.  After the sand extraction was…


Knockan Crag

Knockan Crag is the site of  a National Nature Reserve due to its importance in the development of modern geology.  In the early 19th century, it was recognised that rocks could be lifted and tilted, but it was not believed they could move any great distance laterally.  At Knockan Crag however, it was discovered that…


Stoer Peninsula

The Stoer peninsula is located to the north of Lochinver, jutting into the sea between Enard Bay and Eddrachillis Bay. The two main attractions for photographers are the Stoer Lighthouse and The Old Man of Stoer – a 60m (200ft) sea stack.  There is a small car park at the lighthouse, and the Old Man…


Victoria Falls

Victoria Fallas are located close to Loch Maree in NW Scotland.  Like the other (rather more famous!) Victoria Falls in Africa, the are named after Queen Victoria, but at least she actually visited these falls in 1877.  However she was apparently not that impressed, declaring that other falls near Balmoral were more spectacular.  That was…


Eilean Donan

Eilean Donan is one of the most photographed locations in Scotland and as it is located right on the main A87 road north, it is very easy of access, which also makes it very popuar.  The castle is situated at Dornie, about 8 miles from Kyle of Lochalsh and is located on its own small…


The Falls Of Falloch

The Falls of Falloch are located right next to the A82, just a couple of miles north of Loch Lomond.  At this spot, the River Falloch drops about 30ft into a wide peaty pool.  There is a small car park signposted from the road, and the falls are reached by a very short level walk…


The Eastern Glyders

The Western Glyders around Cwm Idwal are justifiably famous for their impressive cliffs and steep rocky scrambles, but the ridge from Glyder Fawr continues east over the subsidiary peaks of  Y Foel Goch and Gallt Yr Ogof until finally petering out at Capel Curig.  Whilst lacking the dramatic situations of the larger peaks to the…


Norber Erratics

In geological terms, an erratic is a piece of rock that differs from the type of rock in the area in which it rests.  Usually these  are boulders that have been carried great distances by glaciers and deposited when the glaciers retreated.  At Norber, above the village of Austwick, there are a large number of grey…


Ennerdale Water

Ennerdale is the most westerly of the major lakes in the Lake District, making access from the main Lake District villages somewhat difficult.  There is no major village in the valley, and the access road only reaches the lake, so it is a long walk around the lake to the head of the valley.  This…


Loweswater

Loweswater is tucked away on the western fringes of the Lake District and is one of the least visited lakes in the area.  Despite being close to the coast, the lake drains inland, emptying to the sea via Crummock Water and the River Derwent.  This makes the geography rather unusual, as the head of the…