We took a walk around Jervaulx Abbey, across the River Ure, through Thornton Steward and back through surprisingly flat country side for the Yorkshire dales.
Longnor is a small village in the Staffordshire moorlands near Buxton in the Peak District. A few years ago we discovered the Buxton Opera Festival and it has become an annual tradition to visit for the festival and stay in Longnor.
On our way home from Upton Upon Severn we stopped for our first ever wild-swim in the River Windrush near Minster Lovell.
The river is accessible from the ruins of Minster Lovell Hall and was a very refreshing break on our long hot car journey.
It was a great site for our first ever attempt at wild-swimming, easy to enter the water and just enough other swimmers around to give us confidence without it being too crowded.
Two images taken at dusk on the River Severn at Upton On Severn.
The two fishermen below had to move quite swiftly out of the way.
I like the thousands of little flies in the sunlight.
We have been to Bruges a number of times, we love the beer and an aimless amble through the streets and along the canals late in the day can be very relaxing.
A number of the bridges can be raised to allow boat traffic to pass.
This magpie was obviously used to being fed by the residents of the house we were staying in or at least cleaning up after us.
Tide Mills is a derelict village in East Sussex, between Newhaven and Seaford, on Seaford bay (above). There was a small archaeology group excavating on the day I visited and there is also the remains of a WW1 Sea Plane base.
There is a lot of birdlife in the scrub around the villages remains and this female Serin was flying up and down amongst it long enough for me to change lens.
Hurrying towards City Thameslink to catch a train home I walked around St Paul’s cathedral grounds, attempting to capture some non-touristy images.
There is a statue recently placed on the steps to St Paul’s, Mark Wallinger’s ‘Ecce Homo’, which is fantastically lifelike. At first I thought it was a “living statue” and I even saw some tourists putting there arms around it for pictures!
This one would have benefited from being a bit more horizontal, I seemed to have developed a 20 degree list, but the principle was good.
I took a wander around Lewes with a friend following a walking tour which involved a certain amount of pubs. However there were some new finds for me.
Following the River Ouse as it flows seaward we came across a house which apparently featured on the Grand Designs TV program and a couple of unusual houseboats.
The church of St John sub Castro, Lewes, has been under renovation every time I’ve passed but this time with a map we found it’s interesting and beautiful churchyard.