Sutton Bank, North York Moors National Park
A recent visit to Yorkshire to attend a Mountain Rescue conference in Leeds gave me the opportunity to briefly explore the area. This lead me to Sutton Bank in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.
The finest view in England according to James Herriot
Apparently Yorkshire author James Herriot, famous for his series of books about his life as a Yorkshire vet, declared the view from the Sutton Bank escarpment over the Vale of Mowbray and the Vale of York, the “finest in England”.
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New Zealand’s stunning south island
Driving past Lake Pukaki on New Zealand’s South Island, we were greeted with this beautiful scene over Lake Pukaki looking towards Mount Cook, (Auraki) the tallest mountain in the Southern Alps in New Zealand.
The stunning Lake Pukaki in front of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mount Cook (Auraki)
Absolutely stunning I think you’ll agree. Views like this are very much the norm on New Zealnd’s south island and if this doesn’t encourage you to visit and experience the country yourself, nothing will!
Thanks to Peter Stephens Photography for processing the image for me.
New Zealand’s stunning north island didn’t disappoint
Reflecting on our 2 weeks on the North Island it has been good …… very good. We’ve driven 1870km and seen some fabulous countryside.
The beautiful town of Russell
Russell was probably my favourite place visited.
The Classic Tramp
One key objective of our trip to New Zealand and our visit to the North Island was the ‘classic’ walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. A 12 mile or thereabouts tramp that can be done in a day.
The Tongariro mountain range
The dilemma was the ‘what ifs’. What if the weather was bad, or something happened and we didn’t make the finish in time for a shuttlebus, etc, etc. So, I didn’t book one and decided to leave it to fate when I arrived.
My first visit to Hong Kong
I first visited Hong Kong in 2004 for a short 3 day stop over on the way to Vietnam. I had very fond memories of the place. More lively and less sanitised than Singapore I felt. So when it came to deciding on a stopover on my first trip to New Zealand I decided to return.
I arrived late afternoon into the huge airport, just as the sun was setting, and took the Airport Express rail line into Hong Kong Central. A clean and efficient line and we were into the city in about 30mins.
Always nice to get a bit of recognition and I came across this blog post on the Dartmoor National Park Authority website recently.
Bowerman’s Nose is a rather impressive and distinctive rocky outcrop on Hayne’s Down near Manaton on Dartmoor. Legend has it the poor unfortunate hunter was turned to stone by a witch who also turned his hounds to stone and are scattered around him across the down.
It is very well photographed as any Google search will prove, so I thought for this image I would have a bit of fun and think of a unusual composition. So far I have not come across anybody else who has thought of this capture.
Hope you like it.
I have been a keen photographer since a family friend brought my first Kodak Instamatic when I was about 8 for my birthday. A Kodak Instamatic 25 that took the 126 cartridge film popular at the time. I kept the camera for years using it on summer holidays and school trips using first black and white film and then colour. Post continues …….
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Daily Telegraph feature image
Imagine my delight, when I was contacted by a freelance who works for the Dartmoor Tourism Partnership, regarding an image of mine being used as the main image in a feature in the Daily Telegraph.
An autumn Sunday and a bit of freshair around Rippon, Pil and Top Tor, just to the East of their more famous brother, the ‘Tourist Mecca’ that is Haytor.
Starting at the car park at NGR SX 748 762, we followed the obvious path up the Northside of Rippon Tor to a gate through the wall that blocks your progress to the summit. From here, a view across to Saddle Tor and Haytor rewards you.
This weekend we finally made a trip to The Forestry Commission National Arboretum at Westonbirt, to see the famed autumnal spectacle of colour. And it didn’t disappoint.