The island of Bardsey is a magical place at any time of the year but springtime makes this place extra special. Its Welsh name of Ynys Enlli means 'island in the currents'. Bardsey is only two miles from the end of the Lleyn Peninsula but the strong tidal streams that run up to six knots make the crossing of Bardsey Sound particularly challenging.
his website provides further insight into the wildlife of Bardsey Island.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Having spent so many recent weekends having fun in North Wales, it was high time to reacquaint myself with the big skies and spreading shores of Northumberland. This was also to be the first camping trip of the year. My hopes for mild temperatures were dashed when I saw the forecast gentle easterlies and their associated bitter chill.
The Old Ship Inn at Seahouses the streets were deserted. It was a pleasant surprise to find the pub packed with locals. There is always a wide selection of fine ales in this characteristic hostelry and the atmosphere on this particular Friday evening was lively.
Grace Darling is secured in maritime history.
Monday, February 09, 2015
Its been over a year since I enjoyed a long day in the hills. With a divine forecast and the mountains painted wintry white I was destined for a day on the Snowdon Horseshoe. Others had spied the excellent conditions and the car park at Pen-y-Pass was almost full by 9am.
Sunday, February 08, 2015
Around Manchester the snow came down in fits and starts. At one point the airport was closed until both runways could be cleared of snow.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Bakewell in the Peak District and headed along the Monsal Trail aiming initially for Monsal Head. Once there, we took a few minutes to take in the spectacular view over the deep valley cut by the River Wye.
Magpie Mine; a lead mine that was worked until the 1950s. It is one of the more well-known lead mines in the Peak District. The Magpie Mine site is now cared for by the Peak District Mines Historical Society which exists to preserve these important industrial heritage sites.
I'd like to thank my new friends from the Yomping Mancs for their company and for organising this eye-opening walk.
Saturday, December 06, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
The unsettled Autumnal weather relented and offered up a magical day. At this time of year, the sun hangs low in the sky casting long shadows with piercing golden light.