Wednesday, May 30, 2018

MINSTER, ISLE OF SHEPPEY, KENT


The  new beach huts were installed in Leysdown, on the isle of sheppey in Kent. The wooden huts are near the grass pay and display car park in Shellness Road.
Swale council said it would rent out some and sell the others and, if they prove popular, more could be added.  There are presently 35 beach huts on the Island, all along The Leas in Minster. Ten are owned by the Minster Beach Hut Association, 19 are privately owned and six are owned and rented out by the council. Like the Minster huts, those in Leysdown will be 10ft by 10ft. They will also be painted in pastel colours, providing a colourful addition to the resort. That's just so pleasant.

Monday, April 09, 2018

LLANDDWYN ISLAND, ANGLESEY, WALES


Llanddwyn Island (Ynys Llanddwyn) is a magical place. Located at the far end of a pleasant beach near Newborough Warren, this narrow finger of land is an ideal picnic site during fine weather, but also an exhilarating place when the winter winds blow. Its rolling dunes, large rock outcrops and mixture of historic buildings makes it an ideal place for an afternoon of exploration.
Llanddwyn is not quite an island. It remains attached to the mainland at all but the highest tides. It provides excellent views of Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsula and is part of the Newborough Warren National Nature Reserve.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

CANTERBURY, KENT

 
 
One of the most photographed historic buildings in Canterbury, the Old Weavers House is a gorgeous half-timbered building on the River Stour. The river quite literally laps at the side of the building, which currently houses a popular restaurant. The Old Weavers House takes its name from the influx of Flemish and Huguenot weavers who settled in the area after fleeing from religious persecution during the 16th and 17th centuries. Elizabeth I granted the Flemish weavers the right to establish their businesses in Canterbury, and they are known to have used this and other similar buildings nearby.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, ESSEX




It lies on the north side of the Thames Estuary, 40 miles east of central London. It is bordered to the north by Rochford and to the west by Castle Point. It is home to the longest leisure pier in the world, built in 1830 and stretching some 1.33 miles (2.14 km) from shore.In the early 19th century, Southend was growing as a seaside holiday resort. At the time, it was thought that spending time by the sea was good for one's health, and since it was close to the capital, many Londoners would come to Southend for this reason. However the coast at Southend consists of large mudflats, so the sea is never very deep even at full tide – between  4 and 6 m – and recedes over one mile (1.6 km) from the beach at low tide. Large boats were unable to stop at Southend near to the beach and no boats at all were able to stop at low tide. This meant that many potential visitors would go past Southend and on to Margate, or other resorts where docking facilities were better.

Monday, January 15, 2018

STUDLEY ROYAL PARK, YORKSHIRE




Studley Royal Park including the ruins of Fountains Abbey is a designated World Heritage Site in North Yorkshire, England. The site, which has an area of 323 hectares (800 acres) features an 18th-century landscaped garden, some of the largest Cistercian ruins in Europe, a Jacobean mansion and a Victorian church designed by William Burges. It was developed around the ruins of the Cistercian Fountains Abbey.



Sunday, December 03, 2017

GLENCOE, BEN NEVIS, SCOTLAND


Since the Fort William and Lochaber area is a very mountainous part of the west Highlands, it is no surprise that it is well serviced with Mountain Guiding businesses who can collectively provide hill-walking, scrambling, ridge-walking, rock climbing, and winter climbing guiding courses and personal tuition from beginners to experienced walkers and climbers. Fort William is a key destination for novice and experienced climbers and mountaineers, with a good range of accommodation to suit your needs. One of Scotland's experienced mountaineers Alan Kimber has a mounteering-friendly self catering "Calluna" which I recommend.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

PEEBLES, CORNWALL


Nestled within an area of outstanding beauty and only 23 miles south of Edinburgh, the Borders town of Peebles sits straddling the majestic River Tweed.
But the world famous salmon fishing river - Peebles motto is "Against the stream they multiply" - is only one of the many treasures on offer to visitors.
A Royal Burgh since 1152 and the rule of King David I, Peebles has for many years been a market town cherished by locals and visitors alike for its picturesque and unspoilt character.