Blog Entries by Geograph Users
6 months ago
An 8 and a half mile circular walk, starting at Ardtalla, circumnavigating Beinn Bheigier (Islay's highest mountain) in an anti-clockwise direction, following Gleann Lẹra and the Claggain River to Claggain Bay and walking back up the road to Ardtalla.
Spectacular views of the Sound of Islay and Islay's eastern range of hills. Quite difficult terrain, although quad bike tracks are followable most of the way round Beinn Bhaigier and deer tracks along the Claggain River. I did the walk in 6...
10 months ago
A walk following the railway arches from Piccadilly to Oxford Road making some interesting discoveries along the way. You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page Link
My walk started on Altrincham Street Photo
off London Road below the railway arches that carry the line from Piccadilly to Oxford Road.
Leading off Altrincham Street under an arch of the railway line is Photo
Echo Street. The...
11 months ago
Saturday 12th May was another of those days my wife went off to a dog fun day. I came along to keep her company as it was somewhere different. I had checked out the map of the area and it looked quite fruitful in the number of pillboxes there could be. So after getting to our destination of Chilworth I thought it was time for a walk round on my own, while my wife and dog enjoyed their day. First problem I encountered was I had left my map behind, had the GPS but no map of the places I wanted...
12 months ago
A group of Geograph-ers met again the morning after the Geograph conference to walk the Loxley valley from Malin Bridge to Stacey Bank. Alan Murray-Rust had prepared a map and factsheet for each participant showing the locations of all the former mills along the way.
Setting off from the tram stop, we soon left the road and followed a footpath along the river, seeing the sites of Wisewood Photo
rolling mill and forge on the way. The rolling mill at Little Matlock Photo
12 months ago
On the Tue afternoon before the Geograph conference, a group of Geograph-ers met at Meadowall South / Tinsley tram stop for a walk along the canal to its terminus at Sheffield Canal Basin on the edge of the city centre. The walk passes a flight of locks at the Tinsley end Photo
to take the canal up towards industrial Attercliffe Photo
. The canal then runs in a fairly deep trench, with the tram and several foot and road bridges crossing it at considerable height...
13 months ago
I think it was on the walk before I discovered Geograph that I first saw Màiri Thormaid's shieling. I was more interested at that time in getting to the top of Beinn Bhreac to acquire another Islay trigpoint than I was in remote Islay ruins. Then I discovered Geograph and began to be interested in these old, remote ruins. They are so evocative of a time gone by, of a different way of life and of previous inhabitants of this beautiful island.
So I set off on a glorious, almost cloud-free...
13 months ago
14 Jan 2012
From the little car park near the sawmill at the downstream end of the Ystwyth gorge, this walk leads steeply up through forest Photo
on the southern side of the gorge, following forest tracks through Coed Craig-yr-Ogof Photo
until open land is reached Photo
and Ysbyty Ystwyth comes into sight Photo
After a pleasant descent with good views Photo
of what once was the valley of the upper Teifi...
14 months ago
This was another of the many walks I've walked through on the map many times, and which I've done parts of several times. I'd been checking the forecast all week and the day I chose to do it in reality dawned bright with cumulus clouds dotted promisingly across the sky.
I started from Bunnahbhain, walking down to the deer gate Photo
and then to the Margadale River, which is one of my favourite views on Islay. Photo
The walk up to Rubh' a' Mhail lighthouse is one I have done...
21 months ago
Fine weather and a weekend unexpectedly to myself gave me an opportunity to clear up a few squares around Applecross that have been outstanding for a while. First, it was to the Kishorn YardPhoto
, where I was able to get surprisingly close to the old construction dock. From there, I was forced to head back uphill for a bit, around the boundary fence, to get some shots of the nearby shorelinePhotoPhoto
. Then a sweaty reascent to the road, and in the car up to Cuaig....
22 months ago
Left with a little time after an appointment in Cardiff, I had a stroll from the Wales Millennium Centre Photo
down to Penarth Photo
via the barrage Photo
and back. Unfortunately the weather turned rather sour half way round, which explains the smudges on some of the photographs.
Still, a worthwhile walk to see the bascule bridges Photo
and locks Photo
in operation and get some long-distance pictures of what is left of Cardiff docks Photo
22 months ago
Take a walk down to Antony Passage, a quiet Cornish village just to the south of Saltash, with its historic tidal mill pond, old mill and tiny harbour, and contrasting views open up: the imposing railway viaduct crossing the mouth of Forder Lake, the expanse of mud flats at low tide and the narrow street down to the harbour-side cottages. Follow the public footpath through the dense and varied woodland along the River Lynher and explore the tidal shore line; discover the old railway...
24 months ago
I wish I'd done my research before going on this walk! Starting from the Dylife mountain road at the turn off for Glaslyn nature reserve, I walked past the lake Photo
and into the Nant Ddu valley, where Cyfartha mine Photo
, a 19th century underground mine is located. The spoil tips Photo
and a few ruined buildings including a well preserved wheel pit Photo
are obvious, but there is a lot more to see south of the stream apparently. Must go back soon!...
24 months ago
Islay is heaving around the second week of April every year with enthusiastic walkers who meet for the annual Walk Islay week. Admittedly these are not ardent geographers, but what a great opportunity to grab a few 'green' squares on a walk I would not otherwise be able to do because it requires two cars, one at the start and one at the finish.
The walk in question started at Kintour on the east coast of Islay (NR 45 51) and finished at Kynagarry (NR 37 58), inland and to the north-west, a...
24 months ago
Sunday the 10th April 2011 was when the sun came out strongly enough to enable one to shed winter coats and so I took an afternoon walk along the Peak Forest Canal. You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page Link
25 months ago
A walk from Debdale Lane up Kings Road and by way of Fairfield golf course to Fairfield Station with views of Gorton Upper Reservoir. You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page Link
More information about Kings Road, Audenshaw can be found at Link
26 months ago
A stroll up the Ceredigion coast path from Aberystwyth to Wallog, about half way to Borth. At Wallog, a narrow spit of pebbles stretches out into the bay for several hundred metres and extends further under water. It is a remnant of one of three glacial moraines in the northern half of Cardigan Bay. I had miscalculated the tide and arrived some time after low tide, but as the tide had been rather low on this day, the water had only just reached the mean low water line marked on the map....
29 months ago
Started from the main car park of Hafod estate near Cwmystwyth, following the blue and red waymarked paths into the Ystwyth gorge. There's a spectacular waterfall Photo
in the Nant Peiran. A viewpoint on a retaining wall above the Ystwyth gives a good overview of the valley and the meandering river Photo
. After crossing the Alpine bridge, the red track leads up to the southern boundary wall of the old estate Photo
From here I tried to find my way across open...