Monday, 18 April 2011

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Wednesday, 16 February 2011


Simonsbath Walk to Cow Castle
Some great news!

I shall be paralleling this new blog for a wee while until Loveuktravel starts to take over....meanwhile, enjoy a shot of my old friend, the late Tarka (German Shepherd) sniffing her way up the Barle...

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Romantic Landscapes To View

Herewith a bevy of landscapes to walk to, and to be moved by the views and atmosphere. A small token of our beautiful countryside.

1. Mam Tor, Derbyshire Peak District: As you climb towards the summit look down to your left and wonder as the road snakes its way into the distance....reminiscent of the Mille Miglia?
2. Seven Sisters in Sussex: An easy walk from Cuckmere Haven will bring you to these iconic cliffs. Imagine Spitfires and Hurricanes streaming across them at dawn in search of foe.
3. Broadway Tower, Worcestershire: A view of 13 counties can be had on a clear day. If its misty just taken in the William Morris ambience.
4. The Groynes, Crow Point, North Devon: A favourite of mine, for you could be on a desert island in the South Seas. Always something to interest the photographer.
5. Barmouth Panorama, Snowdonia: On first sight, it is quite magnificent. The ever-changing colours and swirls of the currents and sand banks.
6. Wastwater, Cumbria: An iconic image, always changing in mood and tempo. This lake always intrigues me although to many it makes them choose..

Friday, 11 February 2011

Romantic Walks for Valentine's Day

I have been asked to suggest a selection of romantic walks for Valentines Day. So, herewith a few:

Kent - Leeds Castle. Yes, Leeds Castle is in Kent! A magnificent castle surrounded by a lake and woodland walks, filled with daffodils in spring. Goldeneye Cycling Country Lanes Guides to Kent will help you find the best route to this historic site.

Sussex - Hever Castle. Cycle down country lanes with the Goldeneye Cycling Country Lanes map to Sussex on your handlebars to discover the castle where Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn. Cross the drawbridge to read his love letter to Anne and see the wax tableaux of the Boleyn family.

Cheshire - Lyme Park. For mountain biking romantics - take out your Goldeneye Peak District Cycling Country Lanes map and head for magnificent Lyme Park, setting for the famous image of Darcy in his wet shirt coming face to face with Elizabeth Bennett in the TV version of Pride and Prejudice. Acres of sweeping moorland are grazed by ancient herds of red deer around the elegant country house.

Bath. The streets and Assembly Rooms feature in several of Jane Austen's novels, particularly the budding romance between Catherine Morley and Henry Tilney in Northanger Abbey. Wander in their footsteps down Milsom Street, revel in the sense of history from the famous Roman thermal springs to golden Georgian terraces. Find out more in the Goldeneye Cotswold Guidebook....

Cockermouth - Wordsworth's House. Discover the house where one of the most famous romantic poets lived in Cumbria. The Goldeneye Guide to the Lake District will help you track down the Georgian townhouse and the beautiful garden which inspired many of his poems, especially The Prelude.

Cornwall. Almost any stretch of the Cornish coast will inspire romance, but don't forget the winding Helford River, setting for Daphne du Maurier's Frenchman's Creek, and the lush gardens of Trebah which flank it. The Goldeneye Cornwall Guidebook will also help you along the Cornish coastal path - stop off at the Barefoot Kitchen cafe for a hot chocolate or bowl of soup, perched on the clifftops near the tiny village of Gunwalloe on the Lizard.

Slad Valley, Gloucestershire. Cotswold Classic Walks by Goldeneye includes a circular walk through the beautiful Slad Valley, immortalised in Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee. Unbeaten for rural romance among spectacular scenery.

Woolacombe, North Devon. Park on Marine Drive and follow the waymarked signs up Cooper's Hill and glory in the site of Putsborough Beach and Baggy Point. If you look back to your right, the growling tidal flows of Morte Race, off Morte Point, another spectacular and easy circular walk. Details to discovered in Goldeneye's Devon Guidebook, now reduced to £4.99 from £12.99 - see: for details.

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Monday, 7 February 2011

More Action-Packed Shots of Cycling...

Herewith, my son Harry, twisting and turning, and my old friend Al, my route man....

The Diversity of Our Publicatiions

In the next few weeks I shall demonstrate the variety, diversity and the difference of our publications in photographic essays. Starting with our Cycling and Mountain Bike Route Map-Guides...

Friday, 4 February 2011

North Devon Light

Herewith some images that will feature in my next publication, The Devon Guidebook, and also The North Devon Collection. Winter is often the best time for a certain type of photograph, and despite the desperate cold, in and outside my home, these images provide testament to my case. Enjoy. Soon you will be able to order them for your wall...The New Bridge, Barnstaple...Appledore from Instow Cricket Club...and The Groynes, Crow Point, Braunton.