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Sat 31 Jan 2015
This is another of General Wade's bridges, though it has been altered through the years. It carries the Crieff to Dalnacardoch road which was built in 1730.
Fri 30 Jan 2015

North of Hadrian's Wall is the Antonine Wall. This photo near Falkirk clearly shows the huge embankments and ditch.
As part of the network of Military Roads throughout Scotland General George Wade built the Tay Bridge at Aberfeldy. The general laid the first stone on 23 April 1773 and it was formally opened on 8 Aug 1735. This sign is at the Aberfeldy side. I couldn't see any loops to cycle over.
Thu 29 Jan 2015

I have now been sucked in to the grip of ‘Wolf Hall’ on BBC2
It has the addiction of ‘Breaking Bad’ with the sinister intrigue of ‘House of Cards’
It is a historical drama chronicling the rise of Thomas Cromwell, the son of a humble blacksmith who became King Henry VIII's chief minister, as he navigated the corridors of power in the Tudor court.
I read a wonderful re-tweet from Lisa Jardine on Twitter this morning.
“Watched Wolf Hall by candlelight for added zing. I was so gripped, I accidentally set fire to my sock”
Sun 25 Jan 2015

Night view of one of the Johnson's Hillock locks, Whittle-le-Woods seen on this evening's walk. Next year will be the 200th anniversary of the opening of this length of the Leeds and Liverpool canal (opened 19 Oct 1816). Sounds like a good excuse for a birthday party.
Fri 23 Jan 2015

Morning view of the Forth Railway Bridge from my tent

Below is a gps track of the route.

Thu 22 Jan 2015

The Falkirk Wheel canal lift

A few miles south of Stirling is the Bannockburn Battle (1314) memorial.
My first time across the Kincardine bridge.

Near Rosyth I had a view of the Forth Road bridge
and the pier of the new replacement bridge.


Forth Road Bridge (left) and the Forth Railway bridge (right).

Afternoon view of the near pier on the Rail bridge, a column of the Forth Road Bridge and in the distance a column on the new bridge

Wed 21 Jan 2015



Caught the train to Glasgow to  start a cycle ride via the Antonine Wall to the Firth of Fourth and Edinburgh

Arriving at Glasgow Central Railway Station

In places I had to amend my route

Tue 20 Jan 2015

This morning I was giving a talk to a group in a hotel in Kent's Bank. I saw this sign in the hotel.
Sat 17 Jan 2015

A lovely evening walk through Lower Copthurst on Birchin Lane. I used my bike lamp to illuminate the front of the house and bridge wall in the foreground.

Fri 16 Jan 2015

A very windswept Blencathra this morning. The concrete ring is the circular Ordnance Survey trig point. The temperature was -6.5degC.

Thu 15 Jan 2015

I was cycling over Belmont to Rivington and saw the Yarrow Reservoir overflowing into Anglezare Reservoir this morning. It’s not often we see it running.
Wed 14 Jan 2015

I returned to Bowes in Co Durham while on a walk. Bowes Castle looked very picturesque in the snow and sunshine.

Mon 12 Jan 2015

I've been digitising some of my old b&w negs. This is Steve and Jill on a local walk in the early 1980s
Sun 11 Jan 2015

I returned to the old Toll Building on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal to re-photograph it with a wide angle lens and lower viewpoint.

Sat 10 Jan 2015

During an evening walk along the Leeds and Liverpool canal I took this photo of the old toll building

Adjacent to the toll building is the Town lane bridge.

Cycling along Bannister Ln., Eccleston I noticed a large tree had blown over in the recent gales and been cleared.

Thu 08 Jan 2015

While on my way home from a walk in Arkengarthdale I called for another look at Bowes Castle as the weather was better than Tue when I was last here. Bowes Castle is an impressive ruin of Henry II's 12th-century keep, on the site of a Roman fort. The castle was built in the 1170s.
Wed 07 Jan 2015

Giving blood for the 37th time. This donation was at Shaw Hill.

Tue 06 Jan 2015

Crossing the A66 bridge while on a walk.

Sun 04 Jan 2015

Lovely lights on a tree on Carwood Ln., Whittle-le-Woods.

With a mostly clear sky and -3degC temperature I had a nice morning walk along Kem Mill Lane, Whittle-le-Woods. As the moon set behind Liseux Hall it caused interesting colours through the low clouds.

Sat 03 Jan 2015
Evening view of Spring’s Terrace, Dark Lane, Whittle-le-Woods from the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
It looks like a scene from a Hammer Film set.

This is the Spring's Terrace image in b&w.

This evening’s view of Whittle Springs on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Fri 02 Jan 2015

For a New Year treat I headed for breakfast at JJ’s diner, Cliviger near Burnley. I was extremely disappointed to see that they were closed. I was desperate so for the first time in my life went to McDonald’s. The meal was adequate but nowhere near JJ’s. The photos illustrate what I mean. Left is the breakfast I had at JJ’s in Dec 2014 and right is what I had this morning.

Thu 01 Jan 2015

First picture of 2015 of the firework displays across Chorley. Taken from Hurst Hill. it was very windy and not good for photography.

My first New Year photos weren’t very good so I went for a walk in Cuerden Valley Park this evening to try another photo.
This shot is of the reservoir by the old Lower Kem Mill Bleaching and Printing Works.
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