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The top section of the Tardebigge flight of locks, Worcester and Birmingham Canal

1 months ago
Tardebigge flight of locks, Worcester & Birmingham Canal
While in Birmingham for an Ex Cathedra concert at Bramall Hall in the University in the evening, we decided to use the afternoon to explore the locks at Tardebigge. We left the car on the roadside on the minor road leading past St Bartholomew's Church Photo and Tardebigge First School Photo. After passing the school and walking through the cemetery Photo, a grassy slope Photo leads down to the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. The canal is reached at the...
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Geograph's 14th birthday town walk in Gloucester

1 months ago
Cathedral Close, Gloucester
To celebrate Geograph's 14th birthday, a group of Geograph-ers followed Phillip Halling's call to come to Gloucester for lunch at the Fountain Inn, followed by a town walk. Phillip guided us around the cathedral precinct and the docks and treated us to his detailed and interesting commentary on all aspects of the city's history from Romans to mediaeval times to early industry. From the pub in Westgate Street Photo, we walked through College Court Photo to Cathedral Close...
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Across Birmingham city centre

2 months ago
Gas Street Basin and Worcester Bar, Birmingham
This is a walk traversing Birmingham's city centre from west to east and back. It starts from Hagley Road Premier Inn, where there is parking, presumbably intended for guests of the hotel and the nearby restaurants. After following the main road inbound for a while, we turned into Monument Road (noting a domed building with an interesting history, the Birmingham Oratory Photo) and across Chamberlain Gardens towards the Middleway, the main ring road around central Birmingham (much...
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Day Return to Kyle of Lochalsh from Dingwall

3 months ago
Coast at Badicaul
The railway line from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh is famed for its beauty. Together with the more publicised “Harry Potter” line that includes the Glenfinnon viaduct on its way from Fort William to Mallaig, and the wilderness route to Fort William over Rannoch Moor, the majority of the passengers who use the lines are tourists out for the ride and experience. Each year my wife and I plan a winter journey from the Inverness area on one of the North Highland lines. The choice is...
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A small circuit into Cwm Rheidol from Pontarfynach/Devil's Bridge

8 months ago
Footpath into the Rheidol gorge
A quick evening wander into the Rheidol gorge, starting from the centre of Pontarfynach/Devil's Bridge, where there is usually ample parking space by the side of the main road. After following the road in the direction of Aberystwyth up to the edge of the village, we took a gate to follow the path over grassland Photo to the edge of the gorge, just above the Vale of Rheidol trackbed. The path then follows along the edge of the wooded slope and alternates between grassland...
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Scottish Hill Track 303 part 1 Glen Torridon to Coire Mhic Fhearchair

8 months ago
Coire Mhic Fhearchair
Scotways Hill Track 303 takes the popular walk from Glen Torridon between Beinn Eighe and Liathach as far as a col and then heads up behind Beinn Eighe before crossing trackless country to join a path along Glen Grudie that reaches Loch Maree at Bridge of Grudie. The 14 km walk is described in detail in the Scotways book, Scottish Hill Tracks. The first half of the walk is on excellent paths and a small spur takes you into Coire Mhic Fhearchair. Many take this route there and back to...
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A Geograph-ers' walk from Heath into Wakefield

10 months ago
Fields on the edge of Heath
Having had a walk around the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the morning after the 2018 Geograph AGM in Wakefield, we relocated to have lunch at the Kings Arms Photo beer garden in Heath, followed by a short walk back into Wakefield. After leaving the magnificent Heath Common Photo, effectively a super-size village green, we whacked our way along overgrown paths through woodland and towards the River Calder Photo. Following the riverside path past Fall Ings Lock...
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A Geograph-ers' walk in the sculpture park

10 months ago
Yorkshire Sculpture Park: "Reclining Figure Hand"
On the day after the 2018 Geograph AGM in Wakefield, a few of us met up to visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, located in the grounds of the former Bretton Hall Photo Estate. Besides many modern outdoor sculptures Photo Photo Photo, there are exhibitions by contemporary artists Photo Photo and also an underground gallery Photo for indoor exhibits. The park is located on a hillside Photo, partly wooded and partly grassy, and...
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Scottish Hill Track 329, Strathrory to Dalnaclach circular walk

10 months ago
Scotways sign for Hill Track 320 Dalnaclach to Strathrory
Each year a walks programme is organised for members of Scotways - the Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society. Besides being a social activity and led by a local member, the opportunity is taken to check up on the signage and the state of a Hill Track and exploring whether any maintenance is required. Scottish Hill Track 320 is a 7 km linear link from Strathrory to Dalnaclach. The opportunity was taken to create a circular walk starting from the Forestry Commission’s Aldie Burn car...
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Scotways Hill Track 315, Dingwall to Strathpeffer and Garve

11 months ago
Tree on the Knock Farril ridge
Scottish Hill Track 315 is 20 km long and connects Dingwall and Garve, which are just one station apart on the Highland Line from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh. The route can be broken into two, a Dingwall to Strathpeffer section and then Strathpeffer to Garve. In fact I had walked much of route 315 when on shorter circular walks, but had always thought the route as a simple linear walk would be rewarding. Studying the summer rail timetable it became evident that trains were better...
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Beinn Eighe Reserve Mountain Trail

11 months ago
Conservation Cairn and summit of Leathad Buidhe
The Beinn Eighe Reserve provides two trails. A short woodland trail and a far longer mountain trail. The woodland trail is around 7 km and can take four hours because of the steep terrain. According to others: The Mountain Trail is a fabulous trail to explore the hills of Beinn Eighe. This loop trail takes you up through ancient woodland, rugged grasslands and heath, to the beautiful heights of the mountain terraces. This is a memorable walk, with breathtaking views over the surrounding...
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The circuit of Loch Affric

11 months ago
Beside the Affric Kintail Way
The walk around Loch Affric passes through Scots Pine woodland and open moorland with fine views of the neighbouring mountains and Loch Affric. Glen Affric is considered one of Scotland's finest glens and in reaching the River Affric car park at the end of the public road to start the walk you will have passed through delightful woodland and loch scenery. The circuit of Loch Affric is around 18 km and taken leisurely in good weather could take 7 hours. According to Wikipedia Loch...
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Boardwalk circuit in Cors Caron

12 months ago
Boardwalk on the loop path, Cors Caron
A short lunch-time walk to stretch the legs on a crisp Photo winter day. Totally flat, the walk begins at a layby near Maes-llyn farm on the road from Pontrhydfendigaid to Tregaron, where there is a gate leading onto the former railway trackbed (now cycle path) Photo through the raised bog of Cors Caron. After heading south for a kilometre or so, the continuation of the track is gated off Photo (with the cycle path returning to the road) and the boardwalk circuit...
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From Buckingham Palace to St Paul's Cathedral

12 months ago
River cruise catamaran near Hungerford Bridge
This sightseeing geotrip combines a walk through parts of Westminster followed by a boat trip down the Thames and finishing with a climb up to the viewing gallery on the outside of the dome of St Paul's Cathedral. Starting from Green Park tube station, we walked towards Buckingham Palace Photo and mingled among the other tourists Photo on the Victoria Monument Photo outside the palace to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony Photo. Once the sound of the...
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Riverside path with obstacles

12 months ago
Windblown trees, Gelli Ddu
A quick evening stroll from the National Resources Wales car park at Gelli Ddu/Black Covert near Trawsgoed. This is just a flat walk through mixed woodland Photo by the side of the Afon Ystwyth Photo. On this occasion, the path was blocked in several places Photo because windblown trees were scattered throughout the forest. This necessitated a few detours to the edge of the woodlands, with views across farmland in the Ystwyth valley Photo. You can see...
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Scottish Hill Track 230 The General Wade Military Road over Slochd

12 months ago
Sluggan Bridge
Slochd Military Road Start location: Raigbeg (NH 811 291) 
End location: Layby on A95 near Carrbridge turn off, (NH 913 187)

 Path distance: 19.7 km The Old Military Road between Dunkeld and Inverness was built between 1728 and 1730 under the auspices of General Wade. Much of it now lies under the A9, but a few sections* such as the stretch over the Slochd take a different alignment and can still be followed. The Slochd Mor is a narrow pass, hence this strategic gap...
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Half the Alltfedw circuit

12 months ago
Small pasture surrounded by trees on Alltfedw
National Resources Wales provide a car park by the Afon Ystwyth near Trawsgoed with two waymarked paths. One of them leads onto Alltfedw, a low ridge to the east of Llanilar and ending fairly abruptly at Trawsgoed. It is mostly covered in forest (Coed Alltfedw). Unfortunately, there had been significant storm damage recently Photo Photo, which hasn't been cleared yet. However, the lower part is accessible with care, while I had to turn round near the summit because the...
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A walk on the site of the Battle of Worcester

12 months ago
Old Powick Bridge and Mill
The Battle of Worcester Worcester played an important role in the English Civil War for it was here that the first and last fighting of the war took place. The first battle was at Edgehill in Warwickshire on 23 October 1642, however, exactly one month early on 23 September the first action of the war took place at Powick Bridge just two miles from the city of Worcester. This was a skirmish rather than a battle, when the Royalist cavalry under Prince Rupert pushed back the Parliamentary...
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A walk on the Brockhampton Estate

13 months ago
Lower Brockhampton
(Approx. 5 miles) The National Trust owned Brockhampton Estate includes 1700 acres of mixed woodland and open parkland, working farms, orchards and a picturesque medieval timber-framed moated manor house. There are a number of waymarked suggested walks around the estate ranging from 1½ miles to 3¾. This walk embraces parts of three waymarked routes, the Carriage Ride, Parkland Walk and Orchard Walk, thus as the different titles suggest the walk offers variety. The walk passes through a...
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Waterfalls of the Afon Mellte and Afon Hepste

15 months ago
Walkers passing behind Sgŵd yr Eira
This Geotrip is a figure-of-eight walk from Gwaun Hepste car park a little south of Ystradfellte. There is a small parking charge payable at a machine. The walk begins by leaving the car park towards the south on a wide forestry road. After about a kilometre, a signposted track Photo branches off towards the right to begin descending towards the Afon Mellte. Soon after, the first and tallest of the waterfalls, Sgŵd Clun-gwyn, can be first heard Photo and then seen...
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Leamington town walk Geograph meet

16 months ago
All Saints Church across the River Leam, Leamington
This Geotrip is a record of a guided walk presented by Robin Stott to mark the 12th birthday of Geograph. The route begins and ends at the Star&Garter pub in Warwick Street. From here, the walk follows Warwick Street past the Dell Photo before turning left towards the River Leam, where the effects of recent flooding were obvious Photo. Following the river downstream past Milverton Viaduct Photo, we reach the ornamented Princes Drive road bridge. Beyond it is a weir...
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A short walk into the depths of the Monadh Mor Bog Forest

19 months ago
Transition in Monadh Mòr bog forest
Monadh Mòr makes a good destination for a walk on a sunny day, because you can enjoy the sunshine between the rather widely scattered trees. And some trees are barely alive! A walk into the untamed SSSI gives you a challenge. To penetrate as far as you can into the boggy areas but still be able to extricate yourself and your wellington boots when you go further than you really should. Indeed I am not the only Geographer who has had to retrace purely on the evidence of a GPS track showing...
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Public footpath from Sydenham across Thame Park

20 months ago
Footbridge on path from Thame Park to Sydenham
Footpath, stiles and bridges in Thame Park are well maintained, giving a pleasant walk through open parkland grazed by sheep. In August 2017 a small section of the official route near Manor Farm, Sydenham, was overgrown but there was an easy bypass on tracks. Access at the Thame end is onto a busy B-road with no pavement. You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page LinkExternal link .
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A figure of eight walk around Butterleigh

20 months ago
The Burn River near Underleigh
A sort of figure of eight walk between Bickleigh and Butterleigh, using minor roads, green lanes and footpaths. This follows the Burn valley for some of the route You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page LinkExternal link .
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Changing coastline. A circuit of Whiteness Head

21 months ago
On the eastern beach of Whiteness Head
My wife was committed to demonstrate spinning at the Nairn Show for four hours so I set about finding a local walk to fill the available time. Quite a low tide was scheduled for 1115 in the morning so I decided to walk the coastline of Whiteness Point. The plan was to walk outward by the sand and to return by the track that runs down the middle part of the spit. A good walk for the dog, especially with one minor detour to visit a "square" just off the direct route. The interest in the...
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