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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Cleator August 21st 2019

21 August 2019, Wednesday Short walk on the C2C from St Bees to Cleator. Second day on coast to coast but my 5th day overall. As I mentioned it yesterday we set out about mid-afternoon to walk around St Bees cliff. This proved to be a much longer hike than we had been led to believe. Completing only the Coast to Coast trail before breaking off and heading back to St. Bees was 7.6 miles. So this morning we retraced some of the route along the railroad tracks from St Bees to the tunnel crossing under the railroad tracks where we joined the Coast to Coast trail again. From this point we had about a four mile hike into Cleator. We are staying at the Ennerdale Country House hotel in Cleator. There were seven other hikers ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 21st 2019

A quick summary of the Stevenson’s plans for 2019. I, Jon, am in England now and will be here for the wedding of Rich and Ness on 26thAugust. Then I head off to Spain for 6 days and return to England to watch two test matches with Muzza, my mate from Parkdale CC. Once the ashes are over, I then meet up with Leanne, Nathan and Leanne’s cousin, Craig in Malta. We have three weeks together to see Malta, Sicily and the Aeolian Islands before the three Stevenson’s head home again. Craig, being an Amezdroz, doesn’t get to come home with us. He must continue his 12-month journey around the world. But that is another storey. Don’t feel sorry for him!!! It’s a bloody long way to England. I guess you already knew that, but at ... read more
Pub grub
O2 Arena
Victoria Docks

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 20th 2019

Well here we go, another tip and another blog :) Flew Thai Airlines from Perth-Bangkok-London, good fights as 22hr flights go. No airsickness yay! which meant I could sightsee out the window. Things that struck me: Bangkok is HUGE. Flying in at night and looking at all the lights was amazing and they went forever. Bangkok airport is a very grey uninspiring place with long convoluted process to get to your next place and no-one smiles! Loved looking out the window and seeing lights and trying to identify on the flight tracker where we were. There are wind turbines in the sea off the coast of England! I seriously thought I was seeing things! It is quite incredible to see ships passing through them and to marvel at the size they must be and how.... Amazing, ... read more
The patchwork farm quilt of South-West England

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Hebden Bridge August 20th 2019

Forty five and a half thousand steps. About 31 km, although 26.5 in theory. And another day on the Pennine Way bites the dust. And just a little hint don’t tell your sister that you finish in Hebden Bridge when in fact it’s 2 km further and every one of those steps is uphill. Didn’t matter that those 2 km were 2km we don’t have to walk tomorrow, just don’t do it. I was saved from physical harm only because I walk faster uphills and she could catch me. But a bath, a feed and a cider makes her human again and all is fine. We kitted up to start. Coats, waterproof pack covers, gaiters... because it was pretty ugly. Rain, dark clouds and strong winds. That combination on the moors is not good but when ... read more
There’s no such thing as a bad trig point.
She just keeps follow me.
Told you. She does.

Europe » United Kingdom » Northern Ireland » County Antrim » Belfast August 20th 2019

We hopped a train from Dublin with an Irishman named David and headed north today. What a gloriously, delicious day it was, Again we were pretty lucky, because like a ding-dong I had purchased the tickets with the intention of trying to get the right weather day to do this tour. Duh, there is no right weather day in Ireland, it rains, the sun shines, it rains, and the glorious sun shines. So, I prompted Kerry to get on with it and we grabbed a taxi and headed to the train station at 6:15 a.m. 😳 only to find out when we met David, our tour guide, that I had made the reservation for the following day...yep. Luckily, David was able to squeeze us in with new friends, Kaylynn and her daughter Samma (Samantha) from Utah, ... read more
Carrickfergus Castle and King Kerry :)
Carrickfergus Castle
The Causeway.

Europe » United Kingdom August 19th 2019

A pleasant young man with a booming voice cheerfully relieved us of £36 and welcomed us to Bletchley Park. “You can come back anytime in the next year with those tickets. We would love to see you again,” he said, “but you’ll need to sign them. We’ve had people selling them on eBay!” Now, there’s an idea, I thought. Bletchley Park housed the codebreaking operations during World War II and was the birthplace of modern computing. Historians believe the work there shortened the war by two years, saving many millions of lives. At the peak of operations some ten thousand people worked there intercepting and deciphering enemy radio signals. Although very much a team effort, a few individuals stand out: Alan Turing, John Tiltman, Bill Tutte, Tommy Flowers and Dilly Knox to name but a few. ... read more
Wartime Dance
Enigma Machine
Bletchley Park

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Marsden August 19th 2019

When more and more moor is just right. Despite the fact we were wet and the unbelievable fact that our accommodation gave us a packed lunch without a box drink or any fruit we have had a delightful day. Julie’s mood has improved so much she is now only swearing mildly at me and only intermittently wondering why she came along to walk the Pennine Way. During quite a cloud burst another walker proclaimed that ‘the weather is always better in the pub’ - if only I can get that attitude into Julie! No really things are good here. More moor suits me although I think less moor would suit Julie better. But some of the scenery (and even the photos) more than compensate for the wet shoes, coat, pants and shirts we persevered with for ... read more
Around the spillway and through the forest.
Is that God laughing?
Up, up ,up and through the bracken.

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh August 19th 2019

We leave sunny and warm Niagara on the Lake today for a 3 week trip to Scotland. It will be a touring trip without golf, although we will stop in St. Andrews. The current plan is a week stay in and around Edinburgh and a self driving tour through Spey, Inverness, Western Highlands, Isle of Sky, and Glasgow. This is our first time in Scotland and we’re looking forward to the experience A friend and neighbour, Doug Gibson, who immigrated from Scotland a few years ago and still has the accent, has been giving us some language training and other advice. He loaned us a book, “How the Scots Invented the Modern World” by Arthur Herman. It is highly recommended for those interested in Scottish history. It’s amazing how influential tiny Scotland has been over the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland » Haltwhistle August 19th 2019

19 August 2019, Monday A hike along the Hadrian's wall trail, from Steel Rigg to Walltown Quarry - 7 miles 670 feet elevation gain. Let me start by saying that when one walks one has time to think. today I came to the realization that Hadrian started building this wall in AD122 and the Hadrian's Wall country bus number is 'AD122'; Coincidence I think not. Here at the Vallum Lodge breakfast consisted of a choice of several items. I chose salmon and scrambled eggs, served with coffee, yogurt, fruit and different cheeses. Samantha, proprietes and owner, is adept at providing each person with their choice ordered the night before as they came in to the dining room for their breakfast. She has six ensuite rooms each sleeping two people and does all the work herself. Fortified ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Glossop August 18th 2019

Day 1 of the Pennine Way beats quite a few walkers, we may have met one of them. It’s a difficult and long day. Any day with a section named Jacob’s Ladder is going to be tough. If it was called Jacob’s Incline even that would give walkers some hope without being misled. I’m waiting for sections with names like Rob’s Gentle Meander or Julie’s Easy Decreases in Elevation. I’m waiting but not expecting. It blew incessantly today and we were lucky it only rained briefly as it could have been bitter. We both walked in shorts (not the same pair) and for a while in t-shirts but the wind got the better of us. I didn’t stop blowing until we managed to get off the high plains. The plain is named Bleaklow and you don’t ... read more
Wait for me.
Uphill (even gently) I lead.
It’s so we don’t get lost.

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