The concluding part………….
To-day we are in the southern half of the U.K. So perhaps it is fitting to start near to home here in Derbyshire at one of the countries most well known Stately Homes in the heart of the Peak District…..
Chatsworth House and River Derwent*
* The house has had scaffolding over the front for most of this year, so next year a bright newly restored front will be on display
To the north of Chatsworth are the gritstone edges that form the boundary of the peat laden Dark Peak of Derbyshire. Whilst not reaching the heights of other mountain regions of the country they are still dramatic in landscape and vista…………
Hope Valley and Kinder Plateau from Stannage Edge
South of Chatsworth is the White Peak and where the geology changes from Gritstone to Limestone can be found Stanton Moor. Bleak in aspect it may be this has not stopped it becoming a centre for Druid activity at the time of the solstices.
Mid Winter on Stanton Moor
Those of you who have followed my blog will know that I have made mention of this years near drought conditions here in the Midlands of England. But of course we did have some rain and the very occasional rainbow….this one a double rainbow over one of Derbyshire’s other great houses Calke Abbey…….
Lambing Storm over Calke Abbey, Ticknall
Snowdonia is perhaps the biggest attraction of North Wales a magnificent range of mountains, now a playground for tourists and walkers but once a place of much industry. Mount Snowdon is the highest point in Wales and whilst lower then Scafell and Ben Nevis it is just as grand in stature. One of the most famous views has to be that of the Snowdon Horseshoe…..
Snowdon Horseshoe from Capel Curig
Elsewhere in North Wales it is the rivers that provide drama cutting their way through rocky valleys….
Avon Glaslyn Falls, Beddgelert
Further south in Wales we reach the Brecon Beacons and again it is rivers carving out spectacular waterfalls…….
Scwd Clyn – Gwyn Falls, Ystradfellte, Brecon Beacons
The Welsh coast produces some wonderful sunsets as here on the Gower Peninsular in South Wales….
Worms Head, Rhossili, The Gower
Back into England we head to the South West stopping to explore Exmoor and area of contrasts from pretty thatched villages to bleak moorland….
Dunkery Beacon from the Village of Selworthy
Devon and its coast is the next stop and Dartmouth on the South Hams is the next location. Bayards Cove sounds as if it should be an isolated rocky cover, no doubt there were days when it was well known to smugglers. For many it will be remembered as a film set for that well remembered TV series Onedin Line, you can imagine the tall schooners loading their cargo alongside the quay….
Bayards Cove, Dartmouth, Devon
On the South Hams the villages show signs of past and present prosperity trade from Dartmouth and other ports on the Devon Hams plus a rich farming heritage that must have been good for many years. Stokenham with it Manor House and large Church is one village of many with the marks of prosperity..…
St. Michael & All Angels Church, Stokenham, South Hams
Our journey takes us on into the most southerly of English counties, Cornwall. Again a county rich in history much of it to do with its most famous of twin industries of Tin Mining and Fishing, both have left their mark across the county. Tin Mining has perhaps left the most dramatic mark on the Cornish landscape the smoke stacks of the Steam Engines dotted along the headlands……
Levant Steam Engine and Mine, Pendeen.
The legacy of the fishing industry is much more widespread with villages like Mevagissey and Polperro, just two, that are now tourist traps for the summer visitor but none the less still managing to be magical places and on my favourites list….
Mevagissey from the West Cliff
A Gulls Eye View – Polperro
But for most visitors it is the coast and beaches that are the attraction….
The Isle of Wight was a return trip after many years and one wondered why we left it so long. I could compile a long list of favourites on the island alone so have selected just three images that are special places for me….
Chapel of St. Nicholas, Carisbrooke Brooke Bay, Freshwater
Carisbrooke Castle, a castle used since Norman times and still used to-day. You can trace the changing history of both the Island and our country as the castle evolved. The high defensive walls and towers guard a rich interior that changed with the changing times.
The Chapel of St. Nicholas stands within these walls but the current chapel was a rebuild in 1904 of an earlier Chapel. The end of the First World War resulted in the current decor, fantastic painted ceiling and panels, the result of the decision to establish the Chapel as the Isle of Wight’s War Memorial.
Brooke Bay is no ordinary bay for here you search for fossils and even Dinosaur foot prints in the drowned forest that surfaces at low tide.
Big Wood, Allestree, Derbyshire
Dawn, Big Wood, Allestree is where I suppose all our trips start and finish and obviously one of our very favourite place!
I do hope you have enjoyed this tour as I mentally revisited the favourite places on route. As with all list it is all those that you left out that scream at you for inclusion. Creating the list was a selfish exercise as I try to put more order into the image files at the end of a year. It also serves to remind us of the places we have visited this year and is the start of the planning for the year to come. There are a great many places we have never visited, that we should and many that we recall from previous years that demand a return visit……..somehow I think we will also be making a quick return to many on this list of Favourite Places – after all that is what makes them favourites.
Now I can plan to “SPREAD MY WINGS” again
Thank you for reading.