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Southampton's old town and cruise docks

1 months ago
Berth 101
The day after the Geograph conference 2014, fellow Geograph-er Basher Eyre took us on a guided tour Photo of Southampton's old town. Starting at the station, we walked past the Civic Centre Photo towards the town walls Photo. After seeing an interesting mural Photo summarising Southampton's history in Hamtun Street and hearing about Southampton's oldest church, St Michael's Photo, we saw a number of preserved buildings such as a mediaeval wine...
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The wrong side of the Nant-y-Factory from Glaspwll

1 months ago
Maesycoed Queen Raising Station
I had great plans for this Easter holiday walk: A farm track would take me up to the intake of the curiously named Nant-y-Factory (if one can trust the map in this respect), then find my way up to the top end of the Moel-y-Llyn forestry, round the four lakes around Angler's Retreat and finally back down the upper Cwm Llyfnant, with a waterfall thrown in for interest. It didn't quite work out. I didn't manage to set off until afternoon, then couldn't find anywhere to park without...
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The source grounds of the Afon Irfon

5 months ago
Moorland at the head of the Afon Irfon
14 Apr 2014 A walk to start the season, with relatively little ascent but some tough terrain. Starting from the Tregaron-Abergwesyn mountain road near the turn-off to Dolgoch hostel Photo, I took the forestry track onto Bryn Crwn Photo, gaining height over Nant-ystalwyn farmhouse at the bottom of Dyffryn Tywi Photo fairly quickly. The landmark waterfall Photo visible from the road is mostly above this track, with a few further cascades after passing the...
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Exploring the water mills of the Loxley valley

29 months ago
Black Lane near Olive rolling mill
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 is...
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Along the Sheffield Tinsley Canal into Sheffield

29 months ago
The Straddle, Sheffield Canal Basin
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...
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The lower Ystwyth gorge and Ysbyty Ystwyth

30 months ago
Ysbyty Ystwyth from the edge of Coed Craigyrogof
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...
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Mermaid Quay and the Cardiff Bay Barrage

38 months ago
Sluice gates in Cardiff bay barrage
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....
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Cyfartha mine and Clywedog gorge from Glaslyn

40 months ago
Upper Cwm Clywedog
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!...
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Sarn Gynfelyn from Aberystwyth

42 months ago
Wallog and Sarn Gynfelyn
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....
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Geo-Trips - geographing expeditions put on the map

44 months ago
Field mouse at bay
I've been playing a bit with the Ordnance Survey's Open Space LinkExternal link mapping interface recently, which provides access to a variety of maps at different scales (sadly, no 1:25k, though) and the ability to plot user-generated content on them. The result is Geo-Trips LinkExternal link , a map showing the trips Geographers have undertaken to get to those elusive green squares. For each trip, thumbnails and descriptions...
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A walk in the Hafod estate, Pont-rhyd-y-groes

45 months ago
Path in the Ystwyth gorge
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...
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