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Thu 30 Apr 2015




The weather was cold and clear. It was ideal for a walk around the north side of the Isle of Iona.

My 'hotel' for the durtation

The Abbey in 1792

The Abbey this morning

The Nunnery

The Nunnery

Walking along the north shore of Iona

Wed 29 Apr 2015

On my way to the Isle of Iona for a few days walking



Passing the Connel bridge on the way

Ferry at Craignure, Mull

Approaching the Isle of Iona. The Abbey is in the centre

Sat 25 Apr 2015

Lots of dance groups in Chorley Town Centre this morning

Stone the Crows

Thu 23 Apr 2015

Today is St George's Day. That's him on the left. It's an illustration I picked up in Ethiopia in Feb. St George is also their patron saint.

Wed 22 Apr 2015

I Out for a cycle ride in the sunshine. First call was Ormskirk to see the statue of the Earl of Beaconsfield and also the Parish Church which is where James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby is buries after his execution at Bolton in 1651. The Church of St Peter and St Paul is one of only three churches in England to have both a western tower and a central spire, and the only one to have them both at the same end. Then through the lanes to Southport.

Hob Cross


Earl of Beaconsfield

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Ormskirk

A flying visit near Southport

Southport Pier

Tue 21 Apr 2015

A lovely walk in the sunshine by Loweswater. Taken on my new HTC phone

Fri 17 Apr 2015

I finished an enjoyable cycle ride from Worcester, through Worcestershire, Shropshire and Wales. I finished the ride at Widnes Railway Station for a specific reason.
One of my favourite songs is the 1966 hit ‘Homeward Bound’ by Simon and Garfunkel.
The railway station is where Paul Simon was inspired to write the song and a plaque commemorates the event.
‘Homeward Bound’
I'm sitting in the railway station.
Got a ticket to my destination.


Thu 16 Apr 2015



Cycling through Shropshire I came to the delightful village of Knocking where I was delighted to see the village shop was called "The Knockin Shop"


Passing through the Chirk Tunnel on the Shropshire Union Canal

Wed 15 Apr 2015

Changing trains at Birmingham New Street Station on my way to Worcester.




Outside the house in Worcester where Charles II escaped from Cromwell's army

Amazing men made of sheet metal

Sun 12 Apr 2015

Walking by the River Tees this is the view approaching Barnard Castle

Sat 11 Apr 2015



On my evening walk I had a nice view down the steps at the bottom of Cow Well Lane. This is where people used to descend to collect water from the old spring.

Fri 10 Apr 2015



This afternoon had a meeting at the Leyland Reservoir monument at Clayton Green to decide the location for the new information board.


The walls of the old Hygienic Laundry Building at the top of Harpers Lane, Chorley have now been removed, but the roof still remains. I believe they intend keeping the roof for the new building.

Thu 09 Apr 2015



Heading home from my morning walk I saw the moon setting behind St John's Church

Tue 07 Apr 2015

A misty morning for my walk thorough Whittle-le-Woods

Mon 06 Apr 2015

Morning view of the sunrise and moonset from the high point on the road from Belmont to Rivington. I was in the car as I didn't have time to cycle there.

After seeing the wonderful sunrise I returned to Belmont to walk up Winter Hill to see this evening view of Rivington Pike

Sun 05 Apr 2015

Heading home from a bike ride via Belmont I saw the straw bale cyclist being dismantled on the approach to Abbey Village

Sat 04 Apr 2015
Today is the first Chorley Grand Prix Cycle Race over 5 laps totalling 116 mils

The 11am start on Park Road

The riders on the climb of Dole Lane out of Abbey Village

1. Ian Bibby (NFTO Pro Cycling) 4-39-14
2. Steve Lampier (Team Raleigh GAC) at 15sec
3. Morgan Kniesky (Team Raleigh GAC) at 22sec
4. Karol Domagalski (Team Raleigh GAC) same time
Thu 02 Apr 2015

Before setting off home I went for a nice walk up the valley above Strontian to visit one of the old lead mines.

The old lead mines above Strotian

The weather improved as I was leaving the Glen Coe area

Wed 01 Apr 2015

Most of the day I was exploring sites around Morvern. My first was a short walk to the ruins of the deserted village of Inniemore where the occupants were evicted in 1824.

The land was then used for sheep until approaching the mid 20th century then it was forested.

Plan of Inniemore

Village of Inniemore ruin

Village of Inniemore ruin

A similar house, but occupied, on North Uist

How the village of Inniemore would have looked

My next call was to Kinlochaline Castle

My next call was Kiel Church and the the carved grave slabs in the small museum


By the museum is a building from around 1780 It was originally the schoolmasters house but later was used for meetings. it is now knowsn as The Old Sessions House.

Grave slabs in the old Sessions House




Leaving the area I visited the old ruins of Uladale

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