Week 55a – R&R in York

Wednesday 16th to Tuesday 22nd October 2019

This week was mainly spent having some time off to rest and to explore the beautiful walled city of York…

 

York’s Grade II listed railway station was the largest in the world when it opened in 1877. Built by the North Eastern Railway, the structure included 13 platforms, a train shed, station buildings and a hotel.

 

Micklegate Bar. This was the most important of York’s four main medieval gateways and the focus for grand events. The name comes from ‘Micklelith’, meaning great street. It was the main entrance to the city for anyone arriving from the South”
http://www.historyofyork.org.uk/timel…/norman/micklegate-bar

 

The Tansy Beetle mural, by street artist ATM, is on the side of a house on Queen Street, next to the Premier Inn. It’s described by some as the “Jewel of York”, and portrays the city’s own rare, endemic Tansy beetle. Commissioned by environmental charity New Networks for Nature, and paid for by crowd funding, I think it’s beautiful. ATM has painted murals across London to Bristol and on to Poland and Norway.
http://atmstreetart.com/about/

 

Entrance to one of the gates

 

Walled walk

 

 

Detail of a bridge

 

 

York Minster, York’s Medieval cathedral

 

Detail inside York Minster

 

 

The Shambles

 

 

Part of the wall

 

River Ouse

 

York railway station

Week 54 – Redcar to Scarborough

Wednesday 9th to Tuesday 15th October 2019

Redcar to Loftus  8 miles
Staithes to Whitby  12.48 miles
Whitby to Ravenscar  9.82 miles
Ravenscar to Scarborough  11.52 miles

Total miles this week 41.82

Total miles to date 2410.69

Redcar

 

Redcar pavement

 

One of Redcar’s many ornate wrought-iron panels by architectural metalworkers Chris Topp and Co. “Based on the concept of the seaside postcard and represent local scenes, with each including a letter which when taken in order form a riddle with a hidden clue”.

 

“Left Luggage”, 2007, by Lewis Robinson. Gifted to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council by “Working Title Films” to celebrate the filming of “Atonement” during the summer of 2006. Redcar.

 

Redcar

 

Redcar Sands

 

Saltburn-by-the-Sea beach huts

 

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

 

Saltburn-by-the-Sea cliff lift

 

Redcar to Loftus

 

Redcar to Loftus

 

Charm bracelet sculpture at Huntcliff, Skinningrove. Redcar to Loftus

 

Cattersty Sands, Loftus

 

Skinningrove. Redcar to Loftus

 

Skinningrove. Redcar to Loftus

 

Illusion art. Staithes

 

Runswick Bay. Staithes to Whitby

 

Runswick Bay. Staithes to Whitby

 

The coastal path went up there! Runswick Bay. Staithes to Whitby

 

Staithes to Whitby

 

Staithes to Whitby

 

Ducks at Sandsend. Staithes to Whitby

 

Whale bone arch, Whitby

 

Cinder Track, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Cinder Track, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Remains of the railway platform, Ravenscar to Scarborough

 

Ravenscar to Scarborough

 

Scarborough

 

Scarborough Gaol

 

Scarborough

 

Week 53 – Newbiggin-By-The-Sea to Sunderland

Wednesday 2nd to Tuesday 8th October 2019

Newbiggin-By-The-Sea to Blyth 10.90 miles
Blyth to Tynemouth  11.62 miles
South Shields to Sunderland  9.44 miles

Total miles this week 31.96

Total miles to date 2368.87

 

The “Land Couple”, a smaller version of Sean Henry’s 2007 “Couple”, a large (12.25 x 21 x 6 metre) sculpture on the breakwater at Newbiggin-By-The-Sea

 

Newbiggin-By-The-Sea

 

Newbiggin-By-The-Sea

 

Newbiggin-By-The-Sea to Blyth

 

Newbiggin-By-The-Sea to Blyth

 

Entrance to Blyth Marina

 

Blyth

 

Blyth

 

Blyth beach huts

 

Replica 6″ WWII guns, Blyth

 

National cycle network #1, Blyth to Tynemouth

 

Blyth to Tynemouth

 

Whitley, Blyth to Tynemouth

 

From 21st August to 1st November 2019, 50 big and 114 little individually painted elephant sculptures took over North East streets, parks and public buildings in the biggest and brightest art trail ever seen in the region, raising vital funds for St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice.

 

The Black Middens are a rock formation at the mouth of the River Tyne. In the past they were a particularly dangerous hazard to ships as they are mostly hidden below the water level at high tide. Many ships have been wrecked on the Black Middens over the years, particularly in high winds (Newcastle University, 2017)

 

Black Middens, North Shields

 

This 10ft 6ins (3.2m) sculpture in North Shields, called Fiddler’s Green, is a memorial to fishermen from Tyneside who have lost their lives at sea

 

South Shields

 

The Leas, South Shields to Sunderland

 

South Shields to Sunderland

 

South Shields to Sunderland

 

South Shields to Sunderland

 

Detail of Wearmouth Bridge, Sunderland

Week 52 – Beal to Lynemouth

Wednesday 25th September to Tuesday 1st October 2019

Beal to Belford 9.42 miles
Belford to Seahouses 10.01 miles
Seahouses to Howick 13.02 miles
Longhoughton to Amble  12.08 miles
Amble to Lynemouth  11.36 miles

Total miles this week 55.89

Total miles to date 2336.91

 

Beal to Belford

 

An unconcerned fox, Beal to Belford

 

Beal to Belford

 

Beal to Belford

 

Beal to Belford

 

Beal to Belford

 

Beal to Belford

 

Beal to Belford

 

Beal to Belford

 

Belford to Seahouses

 

Belford to Seahouses

 

View of St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh, where Grace Darling is buried. Belford to Seahouses

 

 

Bamburgh Castle, Belford to Seahouses

 

Belford to Seahouses

 

Seahouses to Howick

 

Remains of Dunstanburgh Castle, Seahouses to Howick

 

Seahouses to Howick

 

Longhoughton to Amble

 

Longhoughton to Amble

 

Longhoughton to Amble

 

Longhoughton to Amble

 

Longhoughton to Amble

 

Longhoughton to Amble

 

Warkworth Bridge, Longhoughton to Amble

 

A wood carving at Amble

 

Amble to Lynemouth

 

Amble to Lynemouth

 

Week 51 – Bo’ness to Beal

Wednesday 18th to Tuesday 24th September 2019

Bo’ness to Queensferry 11.26miles
Queensferry to Murrayfield, Edinburgh 10.32miles
Murrayfield, Edinburgh to Musselburgh 11.51miles
Dunbar to Thorntonloch 8.02miles
Eyemouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed 10.61miles
Berwick-Upon-Tweed to Beal 10.82 miles

Total miles this week 62.54

Total miles to date 2281.02

Bo’ness

 

Bo’ness

 

Approaching Blackness. Bo’ness to Queensferry

 

Blackness Castle, Bo’ness to Queensferry

 

Blackness Castle, Bo’ness to Queensferry

 

Around the grounds of Hopetoun House, Bo’ness to Queensferry

 

The grounds of Hopetoun House, Bo’ness to Queensferry

 

Entrance to Hopetoun House, Bo’ness to Queensferry

 

Queensferry

 

Queensferry

 

Queensferry

 

Queensferry

 

Queensferry to Murrayfield

 

Dalmeny House, Queensferry to Murrayfield

 

Barnton, Queensferry to Murrayfield

 

Ornate gate, Barnton. Queensferry to Murrayfield

 

Corstorphine Wood, Queensferry to Murrayfield

 

Corstorphine Wood, Queensferry to Murrayfield

 

Murrayfield to Musselburgh

 

Murrayfield to Musselburgh

 

Murrayfield to Musselburgh

 

Murrayfield to Musselburgh

 

Murrayfield to Musselburgh

 

Musselburgh

 

Detail of mussel sculpture, Musselburgh

 

Dunbar to Thorntonloch

 

Dunbar to Thorntonloch

 

Dunbar to Thorntonloch

 

Torness Nuclear Power Station, near Thorntonloch

 

Torness Nuclear Power Station, near Thorntonloch

 

Eyemouth

 

Eyemouth

 

Eyemouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Eyemouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Burnmouth harbour, Eyemouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Eyemouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Eyemouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Goodbye Scotland. Eyemouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Castle Vale Park, Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Under the main road bridge at Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Berwick-Upon-Tweed to Beal

 

Berwick-Upon-Tweed to Beal

 

 

Week 50 – Helensburgh to Bo’ness

Wednesday 11th to Tuesday 17th September 2019

Helensburgh to Balloch  10.41 miles
Balloch to Killearn  10.25 miles
Strathblane to Kilsyth 13.14 miles
Kilsyth to Falkirk 11.36 miles
Falkirk to Bo’ness 10.86 miles

Total miles this week 56.02

Total miles to date 2166.76

Helensburgh

 

Helensburgh to Balloch

 

Helensburgh

 

Helensburgh to Balloch

 

Helensburgh to Balloch

 

Helensburgh to Balloch

 

Part of an engraved bench, Balloch

 

Loch Lomond, Balloch

 

Balloch to Killearn

 

Balloch to Killearn

 

Balloch to Killearn

 

Strathblane to Kilsyth

 

Strathblane to Kilsyth

 

Bonnybridge, Kilsyth to Falkirk

 

Antonine Wall, Kilsyth to Falkirk

 

Antonine Wall, Kilsyth to Falkirk

 

Antonine Wall, Kilsyth to Falkirk

 

Falkirk Wheel, Kilsyth to Falkirk

 

Falkirk Wheel, Kilsyth to Falkirk

 

Kilsyth to Falkirk

 

Helix Park, Falkirk

 

The Helix, Falkirk

 

The Kelpies, Falkirk, by sculptor Andy Scott

 

Falkirk to Bo’ness

 

Approaching the Avon aqueduct, Falkirk to Bo’ness

 

Avon aqueduct, Falkirk to Bo’ness

 

Falkirk to Bo’ness

 

James Watts’s workshop, Kinneil. Falkirk to Bo’ness

 

Kinneil House, Falkirk to Bo’ness

 

Bo’ness

 

 

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