RSS

Blog Entries by Geograph Users

2012-02 Posts

Poor pickings

31 months ago
First of the narrowboats
My travels of late have not been up to much and an update from Newbury parkway Photo Photo along with a short trip along the Upton cutting Photo Photo and some local photos Photo Photo Photo near me only meant that I should get out again. Sunday proved nice and sunny if with a hint of cold in the air. Time for another quick walk along the river Kennet. My next walk would take from Woolhampton for a couple of miles to Migeham Lock and...
upton parkway didcot newbury & southhampton railway disused railways.newbury river kennet pillboxes

Circular Walk to and from Ardbeg, via Solam, Loch Uigeadail and Tighnaspeur, Islay

31 months ago
The walk started from the phone box at Ardbeg, along the track to Airigh nam Beist and then northwest to Solam, rather than northeast to Loch Iarnan as on a previous walk. Solam is known as the plague village on Islay because it is where plague victims were banished to keep them away from healthy Islay residents Photo. I have yet to find the carved faces, flat stone and wishing well mentioned by Armin Grewe in his blog: LinkExternal link....
loch uigeadail geographing trip report islay tighnaspeur

Ballimartin to Killinallan - linear, cross-country walk

31 months ago
This was a much anticipated walk. I'd poured over the map so many times in preparation for the trip that I was beginning to think maybe I didn't need to bring it with us. Oh, such foolish thinking! We'd gone about 10 yards before Linda asked, "Right which way is it now, Becky?" and I had to admit I wasn't sure. It's one thing geographing on your own when, if you get lost/stuck in a bog/want to take a detour/take longer than anticipated etc, you've only yourself to blame, but when you've got...
ballimartin islay killinallan geographing trip report

My geograph apprenticeship on the Shotley peninsula

31 months ago
Fields near the end of the day
The first time I visited the Shotley Peninsula was in 2009, where, after a visit to Arger Fen Photo, I followed (by car) the north side of the Stour to the sea. After a walk along the Stour near Holbrook Photo I decided to that this was an area that needed exploring. I was already taking pictures of landscapes, mostly woodland and coast, when I encountered geograph a couple of years before I joined in May 2011. I had a small Sony compact and a nokia phone with a crude map,...
suffolk geographing project

Dun Bhar-a-Chlaom, Islay

31 months ago
On a windless day John and I set off on a circular walk from and to Kilchoman via the ancient fort of Dun Bhar-a-Chlaom. As usual my attempts to find a translation of the Gaelic have failed, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Our walk started from the car park at Machir Bay, where we headed through the gate southwards across the dunes. A pool of water marked only on my edition of the Explorer map as 'Butts' is symbolised on the latest edition of the map. A family of Whooper Swans...
dun bhar-a-chlaom machir bay kilchoman

Margadale Circular, Islay

32 months ago
The forecast was looking good for Monday 6th February so, with renewed vigour after a lethargic start to 2012, I poured over the Explorer OS map for North Islay and looked for green squares and figured out how to make a circular walk out of them. Delighted at the prospect of a good long walk in the rarely seen sunshine, I drove northwards, basking in the sun's warmth - until I reached Ballygrant, where suddenly the earth was plunged into a cloudy abyss. "Could this possibly be the same...
geographing trip report margadale circular islay

Beating the clock

32 months ago
Brook Road, Buckhurst Hill
Having spent my first year doing specific Geograph trips, the almost sudden switch to getting dark at 4pm originally worked to put the mockers on my plans for some while, as I'd spent six years already with the digital camera covering local views and other trips made generally, and was round to the long hauls (relatively anyway) for me and there is no way I can get 50 miles and then record half the return journey by 4pm. But I kept going by filling in green patches till January or so, and had...
ilford essex newbury park gants hill goodmayes pre worboys sign

Following the 102 bus

32 months ago
Sainsburys on Hall Lane, Chingford
The 102 bus used to pass the bottom of my road in Finchley heading to Chingford Mount (now cut to Edmonton), but had never actually been there, and only to Chingford once in memory, so to celebrate the opening of the new dual carriageway section on the North Circular Road just beforehand headed east to Chingford and beyond until it got dark. Being near the shortest day this was around 4pm otherwise I would have got a bit further. You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page...
geo-trip drive chingford highams park buckhurst hill essex

North to Bedfordshire

32 months ago
Clay Hall Road, Kensworth
I was alerted to a pre-Worboys direction sign in Markyate (I collect photos of them) and somewhere I'd never been before as off the beaten track. Once collected I carried on west into the countryside and got some nice views of the Chiltern Hills on the Bedfordshire borders before heading back home to North London. You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page LinkExternal link .
geo-trip drive

Deepest Surrey

32 months ago
A trip from the A25 in Betchworth to Rusper, and return to Dorking. I try and return on a different route to double the map coverage. You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page LinkExternal link . After a while you get to know the good roads, and once checked the personal map see the furthest I can get before it gets dark or I run out of steam. The A25 is a backbone along the North Downs, and alongside the M25 serve to allow...
geo-trip drive sign pre-worboys betchworth rusper newdigate surrey sussex

Beddington to West Wickham and back via Beckenham

32 months ago
A trip through some of my favourite parts of South London, from the modern urban centre of Croydon to the leafy backwaters of West Wickham and Eden Park. It was a Sunday (deliberate) and besides a few roadworks had an absolutely free run in both directions from my weekend base in Richmond. I had made the same trip in 2009 to get an old road sign but only took a few other photos en route as was in a hurry that day. I have retraced the route to fill the whole trip in from start to finish. You...
geo-trip drive beckenham kent croydon surrey west wickham eden park addiscombe

A Productive Sunday

32 months ago
First sight of Lowbury Hill
My wedding anniversary and what better way to celebrate that to go out wandering (well my wife was off on one her doggy days). As I have been (for want of a better word) researching into the Didcot, Newbury & Southampton Railway for a future article on Geograph I thought I had better get down to Didcot Station and get some photos of the platform and any remnants of the old DN&SR. Didcot Station was opened in 1884 and renamed Didcot Parkway in 1985 when the place was modernised to become a...
lowbury hill the ridgeway didcot newbury&southampton railway

You are not logged in login | register