Week 49 – Ayr to Bowling

Wednesday 4th to Tuesday 10th September 2019

Ayr to Kilmarnock 6.33 miles
Barassie to Stevenston 12.91 miles
West Kilbride to Largs 10.65 miles
Largs to Wemyss Bay 5.76 miles
Glasgow to Bowling 11.85 miles

Total miles this week 47.5

Total miles to date 2110.74

 

Ayr

 

Ayr to Kilmarnock

 

Barassie to Stevenston

 

Barassie to Stevenston

 

Clydesdale horses. Barassie to Stevenston

 

The dragon on top of the dunes, Irvine

 

Irvine Bay

 

Irvine

 

Irvine

 

“The Carter and his Horse” by David Annand. Carters used to transport coal to Irvine Harbour

 

Barassie to Stevenston

 

A seat for one. Barassie to Stevenston

 

West Kilbride to Largs

 

Portencross Castle, West Kilbride

 

West Kilbride to Largs

 

West Kilbride to Largs

 

West Kilbride to Largs

 

“The Pencil”, Largs. A monument, which looks like a gigantic pencil, commemorates the defeat of a Viking fleet at this spot in 1263

 

Largs

 

Wemyss Bay railway station

 

Glasgow

 

One of the Glasgow Harbour Tunnel Rotundas. Built in the 1890s by the Glasgow Tunnel Company, the Rotunda covered 24-metre (79 ft) deep shafts to tunnels which enabled vehicular and pedestrian access to the other side of the river Clyde.

 

Cycle route besides the River Clyde

 

“Rise” by Andy Scott, which represents the regeneration of the River Clyde.

 

The Forth and Clyde Canal, Glasgow to Bowling

 

The Forth and Clyde Canal, Glasgow to Bowling

 

Bowling

 

Bowling Harbour

 

Bowling

Week 48 – Stranraer to Ayr

Wednesday 28th August to Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Stranraer to Glenapp 9.88 miles
Glenapp to Ballantrae  9.59 miles
Culzean Country Park to Maidens  3.73 miles
Culzean Country Park to Ayr  12.56 miles

Total miles this week 35.76

Total miles to date 2063.24

 

Glenapp to Stranraer

 

Glenapp to Stranraer

 

Glenapp to Stranraer

 

Cairnryan, Glenapp to Stranraer

 

Glenapp to Ballantrae

 

Glenapp to Ballantrae

 

Glenapp to Ballantrae

 

Glenapp to Ballantrae

 

Entering Culzean Country Park

 

Culzean Country Park

 

The fake “ruined” archway, the entrance to Culzean Castle

 

Culzean Castle

 

 

One of the many lovely trails throughout Culzean Country Park

 

Ayrshire Coastal Path

 

Approaching Maidens

 

Culzean to Ayr

 

Culzean to Ayr

 

Week 47 – Dumfries to Ardwell and Portpatrick

Wednesday 21st to Tuesday 27th August 2019

Dumfries (Burns circular walk) 5.53 miles
Portpatrick to Stranraer  11.77 miles
Ardwell to Stranraer  12.37 miles

Total miles this week 29.67

Total miles to date 2027.48

Burns Walk, Dumfries

 

Burns Walk, Dumfries

 

Burns Walk, Dumfries, next to the River Nith

 

Burns Walk, Dumfries

 

Dumfries

 

Portpatrick

 

Southern Upland Way, Portpatrick to Stranraer

 

Misted spider webs on gorse

 

Southern Upland Way, Portpatrick to Stranraer

 

Knockquhassen Reservoir, Southern Upland Way, Portpatrick to Stranraer

 

Mull of Galloway Trail, Ardwell

 

Ardwell to Stranraer

 

Sandhead Bay, Ardwell to Stranraer

 

Ardwell to Stranraer

 

Ardwell to Stranraer

 

Ardwell to Stranraer

 

Ardwell to Stranraer

 

Week 46 – R&R in Litherland, Liverpool

Wednesday 14th to Tuesday 20th August 2019

I came off of the trail to rest my body, catch up with admin tasks and relax my brain. So this week was limited to a nice short(ish) walk

Litherland to Liverpool 8.18 miles

Total miles this week 8.18

Total miles to date 1997.81

 

Leeds and Liverpool canal

 

Towpath art

 

Towpath art

 

“The Desmond Family Canoe Trail is a five-year youth project, and the coast to coast canoe trail that has been created has launched. August 2019 will see the start of the 162 mile trail open for adventure.
“It is the longest of its kind in the UK. A privately funded youth engagement project, spanning over 160 miles from Liverpool to Goole.
“Our ambition with this project is to provide a variety of new and exciting ways for 16 – 25 years olds to connect with their local waterways. In turn they can protect and continue to care for them.” (Canal and River Trust, 2019)

 

Towpath art

 

Towpath art

 

Leeds and Liverpool canal

 

“Liverpool was a pioneer in railways with the earliest examples of the world’s first innovative rail infrastructure found in the city. There are spurious claims from around the world of first in rail tunnels. Americans claim the oldest tunnel under streets is the Atlantic Avenue tunnel of 1844, in New York – sealed up in 1861 it was forgotten until rediscovered in 1980. London claim the Brunel tunnel under the River Thames. The Liverpool tunnels pre-date any tunnel in New York or London.” (LocalWiki)

 

Liverpool

 

Liverpool

 

Liverpool

 

The Beatles sculpture, Liverpool

 

Guerilla advertising from local T-shirt company Sine Missione

 

Week 45 – Beckermet to Maryport

Wednesday 7th to Tuesday 13th August 2019

Beckermet to Whitehaven 10.41 miles
Whitehaven to Maryport 15.59 miles

Total miles this week 26

Total miles to date 1989.63

Whitehaven

 

Whitehaven bike rack

 

Whitehaven. There were a row of these knot sculptures, each with the description at the base.

 

Whitehaven

 

Whitehaven

 

Whitehaven

 

Whitehaven

 

Whitehaven

 

Parton

 

Whitehaven to Maryport

 

Workington

 

Slag sea defences. Whitehaven to Maryport

 

Whitehaven to Maryport

 

“The Alauna Aura”, which “reflects the history and development of Maryport”

 

Week 44 – Pilling to Beckermet

Wednesday 31st July to Tuesday 6th August 2019

Pilling to Glasson Dock 11.03 miles
Glasson Dock to Hest Bank nr Morecambe 12.75 miles
Hest Bank nr Morecambe to Arnside 7.73 miles (abandoned due to numerous footpath issues) 7.32 miles
Ulverston to Askham in Furness 10.16 miles
Ravenglass to Beckermet 11.16 miles

Total miles this week 52.83

Total miles to date 1963.63

 

Pilling to Glasson

 

Pilling to Glasson

 

Pilling to Glasson

 

Glasson

 

Glasson

 

Morecambe

 

Morecambe

 

Statue of John Eric Bartholomew AKA Eric Morecambe

 

Morecambe

 

Arnside

 

Askam Pier. Not really a pier!
“Remnants of the steel industry remain in Askam, as evidenced by a pier, consisting of slag from the works, that juts out into the bay toward Millom” (Wiki)

 

Ravenglass

 

Ravenglass

 

Seafield

 

 

 

 

Week 43 – Leasowe to Fleetwood

Wednesday 24th to Tuesday 30th July 2019

Leasowe to New Brighton 4.51 miles
Liverpool to Formby 13.77 miles
Formby to Southport 7.88 miles
Lytham St Anne’s to Bispham nr Blackpool  13.13 miles
Bispham nr Blackpool to Fleetwood  8.37 miles

Total miles this week 47.66

Total miles to date 1910.8

 

Leasowe to New Brighton

 

New Brighton

 

New Brighton

 

Morse Code art, Liverpool

 

Liverpool

 

Liverpool

 

Crosby

 

Anthony Gormleys “Another Place” on Crosby beach

 

Formby to Southport

 

Trans Pennine Way, Southport

 

Southport

 

Southport

 

Southport

 

Lytham

 

Lytham

 

Blackpool

 

Blackpool

 

Mirror ball, Blackpool

 

Blackpool

 

Tribute to members of the the emergency services (Police, Fire, Ambulance, Coast Guard) who “gave all or part of their lives”. Blackpool.

 

Welcome to Cleveleys

 

Celebrating the Sea Swallow book. Cleveleys to Fleetwood.

 

Detail from the “shipwrecks on the Fylde coast 1643-1873” memorial, Cleveleys.

 

Fleetwood pavement detail

Week 42 – Llanfairfechan to Leasowe

Wednesday 17th to Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Llanfairfechan to Llandudno 14.91 miles
Llandudno to Abergele 11.89 miles
Abergele to Point of Ayr 13.3 miles
Point of Ayr to Flint  13.05 miles
Flint to Neston  12.64 miles
Neston to Leasowe  12.01 miles

Total miles this week 77.8

Total miles to date 1863.14

 

Llanfairfechan to Llandudno

 

Llanfairfechan to Llandudno

 

Approaching Conwy Castle, Llanfairfechan to Llandudno

 

Llanfairfechan to Llandudno

 

Conwy Castle, Llanfairfechan to Llandudno

 

“Llandudno was the holiday destination resort of the real Alice in Wonderland, Alice Liddell, the girl who inspired Lewis Carroll and for whom he based his worldwide famous story on, Alice in Wonderland”

 

Llandudno

 

Llandudno to Abergele

 

Colwyn Bay, Llandudno to Abergele

 

Colwyn Bay, Llandudno to Abergele

 

Colwyn Bay, Llandudno to Abergele

 

Llandudno to Abergele

 

Rhyl. Abergele to Point of Ayr

 

Rhyl. Abergele to Point of Ayr

 

Rhyl. Abergele to Point of Ayr

 

Abergele to Point of Ayr

 

Abergele to Point of Ayr

 

Lighthouse at Point of Ayr

 

Point of Ayr to Flint

 

The TSS Duke of Lancaster, “a railway steamer passenger ship that operated in Europe from 1956 to 1979, and is currently beached near Mostyn Docks”. Point of Ayr to Flint.

 

Point of Ayr to Flint

 

Flint RNLI

 

Flint to Neston

 

Flint to Neston

 

The Wirral Way, Neston to Leasowe

 

Neston to Leasowe

 

Hoylake RNLI, Neston to Leasowe

 

Neston to Leasowe

Week 41 – Cemaes to Llanfairfechan

Wednesday 10th to Tuesday 16th July 2019

Cemaes to Llaneilian 11.9 miles
Llaneilian to Meolfre 10.2 miles
Meolfre to Glan-yr-afon  11.72 miles
Glan-yr-afon to Bangor 12.82 miles
Bangor to Llanfairfechan  13.09 miles

Total miles this week 59.73

Total miles to date 1785.34

Cemaes

 

Cemaes to Llaneilian

 

Cemaes to Llaneilian

 

Amlwch Port

 

Llaneilian to Meolfre

 

Llaneilian to Meolfre

 

Llaneilian to Meolfre

 

Llaneilian to Meolfre

 

Llaneilian to Meolfre

 

Meolfre to Glan-yr-afon

 

Meolfre to Glan-yr-afon

 

Meolfre to Glan-yr-afon

 

Glan-yr-afon to Bangor

 

Glan-yr-afon to Bangor

 

Penmon Priory and dovecote, Glan-yr-afon to Bangor

 

Beaumaris. Glan-yr-afon to Bangor

 

Menai suspension bridge, Bangor to Llanfairfechan

 

Bangor to Llanfairfechan

 

Bangor to Llanfairfechan

 

Bangor to Llanfairfechan

 

Bangor to Llanfairfechan

 

Bangor to Llanfairfechan

 

Bangor to Llanfairfechan

 

Slate fencing, Bangor to Llanfairfechan

 

Bangor to Llanfairfechan

 

 

 

 

Week 40 – Bangor to Cemaes

Monday 1st to Tuesday 9th July 2019 Anglesey

Bangor to Dwyran 11.66 miles
Dwyran to Aberffraw 12.60 miles
Aberffraw to Anglesey Airport 9.91 miles
Anglesey Airport to Trearddur 11.21 miles
Trearddur to Porth-y-Felin  9.91 miles
Porth-y-Felin to Llanfwrog  9.96 miles
Llanfwrog to Cemaes  12 miles

Total miles this week 77.25

Total miles to date 1725.61

 

Bangor to Dwyran

 

Bangor to Dwyran

 

Nelson’s Statue looking out onto the Menai Strait, Bangor to Dwyran

 

Menai Strait, Bangor to Dwyran

 

Bangor to Dwyran

 

Bangor to Dwyran

 

This sculpture by Ann Caitlin Evans depicts the “gafrod” of marram grass, harvested and drying in the sun. Newborough residents used to harvest the grass every two years and weave it by hand to make mats for their homes. Dwyran to Aberffraw.

 

Newborough Forest. Dwyran to Aberffraw.

 

These sculptures were designed by pupils from Newborough school 2013. Dwyran to Aberffraw.

 

Sculpture in Newborough Forest. Dwyran to Aberffraw.

 

Newborough Forest

 

The wall of a private estate, Dwyran to Aberffraw

 

Aberffraw

 

Aberffraw to Anglesey airport

 

Aberffraw to Anglesey airport

 

Anglesey Airport to Trearddur

 

Anglesey Airport to Trearddur

 

Trearddur to Holyhead

 

Trearddur to Holyhead

 

Trearddur to Holyhead

 

Old brickworks gallery, Holyhead Breakwater Country Park, Trearddur to Holyhead

 

Soldiers Point, Holyhead

 

Holyhead

 

Holyhead

 

Detail of the pedestrian bridge, Holyhead

 

Holyhead to Llanfwrog

 

Holyhead to Llanfwrog

 

Llanfwrog to Cemaes

 

Llanfwrog to Cemaes

 

Llanfwrog to Cemaes

 

Llanfwrog to Cemaes