Recent Location Posts

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…


Formby Point

Formby Point is a National Trust site between Southport and Liverpool.  The site is important as it hosts an isolated population of red squirrels that inhabit a small stand of Scots Pines. The pine cones grow on slender branches which provide food for the red squirrels, but are out of reach of the heavier greys,…


The John Rylands Library

John Rylands Library is located in the centre of Manchester, and is one of the foremost libraries in the world.  The collection includes one of the complete copies of the Gutenberg bible (there are 21 copies in the world), early printed works by William Caxton and the St Johns fragment – believed to be the…


Bovington Tank Museum

The Bovington Tank Museum hosts the largest collection of tanks and armoured vehicles in the world.  The site has long been associated with tanks, being the home of the ‘Heavy Branch Machine Gun Corps’ in 1916 – the fist tank unit in the world.  After the First World War, some of WW1 tanks were collected…


Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle is  stands on a small mound in a strategic gap in the Purbeck Hills.  In addition to the castle, there is a small attractive village and steam trains sometimes pass by on the Swanage steam railway. There has been a castle on this site since at least Saxon times, and probably even earlier….


Swanage Pier

Swanage is a small seaside resort at the eastern end of the Dorset Jurassic Coast.  For photographers, the main interest are the piers – both new and old.  The new pier was constructed in 1895 and was originally used as a working pier for pleasure steamers rather than an entertainment venue.  There is a small…


Portland Bill

Portland Bill lies at the southern tip of the Isle of Portland.  Once this was really an island, but is now a peninsula connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway.  The main attraction is Portland Bill lighthouse, completed in 1906, which replaced two older lighthouses which though decommissioned are still standing. The Isle of…


Tyneham Village

In 1943 during the build up to D-Day, the village of Tyneham was evacuated to make way for a military range.  At the time the villagers expected to return after the war, however the area remained a military site and today the remains of the village can only be visited at weekends or Bank Holidays…