WordPress Challenge : Place in the world

Place in the World

Currently on holiday, currently walking a long national trail.  The South West Coast Path.

Love wild places like these.  Away from it all.  Away from the hustle and bustle where you can breathe.

When the sun shines it’s even better!

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WordPress Challenge : Unlikely

We were waiting for a bus in the village square – at the start of the day on holiday in North Devon. Above our heads was a sign which I’ve never seen before.

It was the word ‘ablutions’ that puzzled me.  How often had this happened I wondered.  So unlikely…..

It made us smile.

Unlikely

WordPress Challenge : Lines

Lines

We were getting near to the end of a long walk and the light was starting to fade when I took this photograph.  Along the south west coast path near a place called Hartland Quay are some incredible rock formations, some in the cliff face and some below the cliffs like these.

Only when the tide goes out are these appreciated.  In this remote spot we were lucky enough to be passing at the right time!

Lines of rock – 300 million years old.

If you’d like to read a post and see other photos taken just along the coast from here please do click on the link below.

North Devon : Clovelly to Harland Quay

WordPress Challenge : Awakening

Awakening

Well it’s taking a long time. Warm spring sunshine has been delayed for a few weeks by fog, mist and rain this year.  Here on the east coast of the U.K. it seems to have lingered on and on.  Or, has it been the same in other parts of the country? Oh how we love to talk about the weather…..

So, this has been a bit of a challenge – to find something that seems to be waking up.  However, we have an old Rhodededrum in our garden that flowers early (for Rhodededrums) in a beautiful deep red.  It’s display is big and flamboyant.  Here there are buds that are preparing to open….

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And here is one that seems to be just ahead of all the rest….it seems to have timed it to perfection with the sun finally making an appearance this afternoon.

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WordPress Challenge : Out of this world

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The summit of Skiddaw at 3,054 feet : felt like being on the moon

A week in the Lake District – February 2018

This week we have been set a challenge by WordPress to share a familiar scene — a place you frequent, a face you know well, an activity you engage in regularly and make it look out of this world.

Anyone who knows me and Tim well will know that we have spent a good deal of our time (holidays) in the Lake District.  Boring people with our little adventures or maybe inspiring people to visit this beautiful place.

We have walked up, across and down all of the fells and it has shaped us. Learning about the land, the rock, reading maps and walking uphill!  Walking in the mountains in our fifties is actually easier than it was in our thirties which is incredible but true.

So, for this challenge I share more than the one photo I have added at the top which really felt ‘out of this world’.

For us it is a place we know well but on this latest trip it looked a little more snowy and magical than on previous visits.   We climbed high every day.

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Ullock Pike – a ridge walk on the way up to Skiddaw

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On Skiddaw summit – it’s a popular place

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Grisedale Pike summit : time for lunch.  Looking to the western fells.

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Skiddaw range, with the Pennines in the far distance

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Near Haystacks summit

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The town of Keswick way below and Helvellyn range to the right

The river at Grange after snowfall

Thinking about a trip to the Lake District?  I am happy to help with any questions, it’s like our second home.

Footnote

Now over the last few days at home we have been visited by some truly Siberian conditions, as has most of the country, so snowy scenes are currently very familar.  But back in early February, on holiday, we were loving it!

Out of This World

Spring in the air : Overstrand to Cromer Pier

Sat on the pier eating chips in the warm sunshine. What a treat!

Saturday 17th February 2018

This Saturday we walked from Overstrand to Cromer and back. A short walk for us at only 4 miles in total. This gave us a bit of time to enjoy a coffee at the start and then a picnic on the pier at Cromer.

After being back at work for a week since returning from a week away in The Lake District we were keen to stretch our legs. But not too much!

Overstrand is a village that grew with the fishing industry.  It became popular as a beach holiday destination and many large houses were built by well to do folk at the end of the 19th century but remained a village in size. Now holidaymakers can still enjoy the beach, sea and cliff top views.

We were able to park on the side of the road for free.  There is a smallish car park right on the cliff and I imagine in the summer it might be a busy place.

For some reason we have never started a walk from or to Overstrand and we were pleasantly surprised with what we found.  Our first stop was The Cliff Top Cafe.

In a perfect spot it’s obviously doing really well with plenty of seating inside, round the side outside (where we sat) and more outside seating at the front. It was spotlessly clean and the menu boards looked inviting.  Mind you we thought the price of two smallish cups of Latte Coffee expensive at £2.75 each.

Cliff Top Cafe, Overstrand

Off we went to Cromer along the cliff top coastal path.  The fishing trade has declined over the years but certainly hasn’t disappeared as can be seen in the photo below.  Piles of lobster pots….

On our way to Cromer.

Loved the name of this trader….next time we visit we will give it a try.  It’s on our bucket list !  It’s in the car park if anyone is interested.

This van was parked in the car park. It must do a roaring trade in the summer.

Cromer Pier in the distance from the path….though it seems more than just two miles away.  The cliffs here are about 250 feet high.

A surprising number of ups and downs (not too steep) then you skirt the golf course and get glimpses of Cromer Lighthouse.  This is the Royal Cromer Golf Club and looked very nice – not that I’m an expert on golf courses…

The path joins a golfers walkway for a short distance

Before you know it you reach the outskirts of Cromer itself and the path drops into the town.

Cromer with its Pier

We picked up a portion of chips from No.1 for £1.45 to share and quick marched to the pier.  Here we sat and ate our lunch – the chips were yummy.  Lots and lots of people were out & about, some sat on the beach enjoying the sunshine.

We walked to the end of the Pier – just to the right is the Pavillion Theatre and behind me is the Cromer Lifeboat Station.  The lifeboats exit the station via a slipway at the at the end of the pier.  It has a long and heroic history.  The most famous lifeboatman being Henry Blogg – a brave man indeed.

From the end of the pier

Hero of Cromer

We headed back along the Promenade and up onto the cliff path.

Last look back

 

Back in Overstrand the Bucket List van was just closing.  Short opening hours at this time of the year.

We strolled along a street called The Londs.  Cottages with Flint stone frontages and cute front gardens and a tall building that I assumed was once an old lighthouse but have found out that it was actually a clock tower.

Overstrand in the afternoon sunshine

It looked like the perfect advert for a holiday in Norfolk.  We will be back.