White cliffs coastal walk

Glorious weather yesterday, perfect for a long coastal walk. We used the 4 mile Wildlife walk over the white cliffs of Dover walk in The Guardian’s 100 great British walks for inspiration. We lengthened it by taking a train to Walmer, couple of stops from Dover Priory and walking the ten miles back to Dover along the Saxon shore way.

Yesterday was also the new camera’s first outing so we walked at a leisurely pace taking lots of pictures. This is of the beach at Kingsdown:

The weather continued to be glorious, wind blowing over the cliffs to stop you from getting too hot and, in my case burnt by the sun. The cliffs are pretty awesome, with rock pools down below and France visible in the distance (not quite in this photo):

 

There were butterflies and birds everywhere, not too many people in the first half of the walk. Ice cream van man just outside Kingsdown did complain about huge numbers of cyclists coming to these parts now (as a group of 50 or so French cyclists in full gear made their descent down steps from the cliffs) because ‘of that bloke’ winning Tour de France.

South Foreland lighthouse was a good spot for a stop, there was a guided tour up at the top, with the guide explaining exactly which house was Noel Coward’s and something about Moonraker that I didn’t quite catch,

I was quite mesmerised by this lovely kite to pay proper attention to the tour guide,

 

As we were nearing Dover, the path did get more crowded. First view of the port was the best (became more industrial the closer you got):

We didn’t stop in Dover, just walked to the train station and got on one of the new high speed trains that took just over an hour to get into St. Pancrass, they’re more expensive but definitely worth it for avoiding the busy Charring Cross or Victoria stations.

 

I hope this wasn’t the last sunny and warm Sunday this year.

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A little hill walk

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Yesterday morning’s ‘constitutional’, walk up Cowlton and Lan Fawr with lovely views and lots and lots of sheep. Fabulous little walk (4 miles) although path not maintained in places so we returned by the lane. View above was from Cowlton and I loved these three sheep walking ahead of us, looking like they’re having a good old gossip,

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Photos taken with old iPhone so a little grainy.

Kennet and Avon Canal walk

Yesterday’s walk, along a short, 2 mile stretch of Kennet and Avon Canal between Aldermaston and Woolhampton, then up towards Bucklebury for lunch in a friend’s pub.

Also walked through Carbins Wood but didn’t take any pictures of it as was a bit difficult to  pick out a path through bog and mud and we were running late. Weather was rubbish as usual, canal bit was the nicest part of the walk despite the rain. Lunch was excellent including a pint of great local ale. Would like to return in better weather perhaps and walk through Bucklebury Common – it sounds like it belongs in the Shire/ Hobiton, no? Definitely avoid going on a Saturday when there are races at Newbury as train full of yobs wearing suits and drinking beer. Smelly and loud. Canal walk so peaceful and quiet in contrast.

Photos manipulated and filtered with Pixlromatic – have installed some new filters and effects (paid for them too, which I don’t do very often!). Am going to try and use apps other than Instagram for photos now that Instagram has reinstalled ‘share’ button for all photos. Why can’t you just save and then decide for yourself whether you want to share instead of being forced to?  Am blaming stupid facebook.

Off to Kew today for a walk and lunch with beloved’s family. Meant to be sunny for a change, yay!

Difference of a day

I love a building site – not that I visit them frequently but there’s something about the regular gridlines of scaffolding, the structure of cranes, sometimes even the alienness of a tall shell of a building going up that makes me stop and look, fascinated. If I had this blog last year, I would have probably spent hours taking photographs of the Shard of glass going up by London Bridge – at night, it looked like some sort of alien hive. Not that I particularly like many of the new tall buildings once finished and I very much dislike disruption to traffic that any great new building project necessitates.

This particular building spot near the Old Street roundabout is definitely not something I am excited about – as they demolished what was once a very intriguing-looking model shop to build this. I’d never even been inside the model shop but always wanted to go – bet you could get lost in there for hours, think it was much used by architects and people who make models (who else?) and I never went as would have probably just bought tons of stuff to make – I don’t know, dioramas? and then never made anything. So, of course, there is a lot of disruption to traffic around but, at the same time, as traffic is slow, you can take pictures from the bus. Yesterday, I took these:

I was going to post them yesterday but didn’t have time. Then today I had to go back to the area and managed to take some more pictures – these are very different, yesterday was a very sunny day and today was a bit less so:

 

And, I’ve also managed to capture exactly what I mean by total disturbance to traffic – at another building site, very near, these are left on the street, fenced off, like there isn’t anywhere else on actual site to keep them:

That’s right, loads of sandbags… took this photo over shoulder so not exactly straight but otherwise rather good. What are they building – bet it’s the usual, offices that will stay unoccupied for years and overpriced flats that nobody can afford to live in. Oh, and probably some sort of a ‘retail element’ to the build, there’s always some retail, likely to be most uninteresting. Where did the model shop go?

How much fun can you have on a bus

I was planning on reading my book, which is of a monster size but looking out the window and taking pictures ended up being a lot of fun so I took loads. Not that the book is boring – on the contrary, it’s  fascinating. These are from bus journey home from work yesterday:

Totally accidental, taken with more lomo. Lomo, as usual brings fun to most unexpected occasions.

And this was after I got off the bus. Love the halos!

And an instagram one.

I took a few more photos and would like to see if I can use parts of them in my imaginary career as a ‘textile designer’. Think some could make good fabric designs so may play with them some more and post later.

There and back again

Back from the lakes, such a good ‘system restore’. A very basic break it was too, just walking and looking – everywhere you look there is something, you want to take it all in and just be, perfectly content.

Viewpoint just outside Keswick. Looked like it was going to rain the whole day so decided to go to Keswick, luckily it didn’t rain straight away. The clouds, low and grey, covered peaks and hilltops. Fantastic spot and hardly anyone around.

Skiddaw through the trees, there wasn’t a clear view of it but I am super happy we saw it in the distance. These are camera pics, iphone wasn’t of much use that day.

Same day, later on, after a walk through Fawepark and back towards Keswick, the sun came out for a little bit and the colours were fabulous, think this was Grisedale Pike, still partly covered in clouds.

Had a short wander around Keswick and it was like hell on earth, swarming with tourists so it was a very short wander but I did manage to find a cheese deli so wasn’t a complete waste of time. Started raining heavily just as we got back to bus stop. Do some people go to the lakes only to spend most of their time wandering about villages? Didn’t quite understand that.

Back in Ambleside the next day, glorious weather and the most exhilarating walk of the trip, Wansfell Pike

View of Windermere from the Pike. It’s a popular climb and was great to see other people reach the top, arms up in the air and words failing – not just because of the view either. Most people would be totally out of breath too

Continued along the top to reach Baystones, the highest point, view of surroundings. Down path had all but disappeared so had the added bonus of ‘free descent’ for a bit until path reappeared.

View of Wansfell in the distance, with Windermere on the right. Walking back from Sweden bridge, yesterday morning’s constitutional, only a short walk before catching train back to London.

It rained back in London and I picked the stupidest time to get back – 6pm so everywhere was heaving with people, traffic… you’d think people would want to get away early on a Bank holiday weekend but no. Think everyone had the idea to get away at 6pm.

Would very much like to go back to the lakes, is it too soon to start planning a little trip for next year?