Monday, 30 September 2013


A view down the cobbled Market Street in Ulverston.
On the corner of King Street, with Market Street off to the left past Tesco. There are some really old buildings in the town and,despite the presence of Tesco, also many individual small shops, which adds to the character of the place.
Looking along King Street. Note the chemist and the old signage on the side of the building ' Drug Warehouse!'
This fine looking building is the Coronation Hall, which is the Town Hall and Theatre. The foundation stone for the building is dated 1914, and it was completed at a cost of £8,513. 
Next door to the Coronation Hall is another building of distinction, which houses the Post Office. It was built during the First World War, shortly after the Coronation Hall was completed. 
The Laurel and Hardy statue. Stan Laurel was born in Ulverston on 16th June 1890 as Arthur Stanley Jefferson.

Not forgetting the dog of course!
Perhaps I should have popped in for a brew and chat?

Another view of Market Street.
Looking in the other direction. 
Market Street again. Look at all those small shops on the left. It's also good to wander around without having to bother about traffic too much. 
Gillam's have been in Ulverston since 1892. 

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Low Wood Gunpowder Works

The former Low Wood Gunpowder Works is located near the village of Haverthwaite in Cumbria. Many of the buildings and workers cottages still stand, the latter now being privately owned. The above view is of the main complex of Gunpowder Works buildings.
Close up of the tower at the Works.  Production of gunpowder on this site began in the 18th century,  At one time there was a rail link from here to the nearby Furness Railway line. The Works closed in 1935, and the buildings have in the intervening years been used by other businesses. 
Some of the adjacent cottages which would have formerly been occupied by those employed at the Gunpowder Works.

Low Wood is now avery quiet location to live. If you look really closely (click on image to enlarge) you will see, on the road in the distance, one of the occupants of these cottages - a black and white cat!

A nearby sign for the camp site. 

Friday, 27 September 2013


Whithorn is located 10 miles south of Wigtown in South West Scotland. The main street in Whithorn.
Looking in the other direction.
Gateway to Whithorn Priory. It leads to the ruins of a medieval cathedral (priory), much of which has disappeared apart from the nave and vaults at the eastern end which once contained the shrine of St, Ninian, one of Scotland's major medieval pilgrimage destinations. 
The arms of the King Of Scots above the late medieval gateway. 
Another carving by the gate.
Memorials in the Priory.
A Norman doorway.
One of the remaining Priory walls.
A really old plaque, dated 1730. 
An ancient cross in the Museum which houses many 'finds' from the Priory site. It has a collection of medieval stones and includes the earliest Christian memorial, a 5th Century inscribed 'Latinus Stone.' 
Another view inside the Museum.
Intricate carvings on this stone cross.

(Thanks to our Roving Scotland Correspondent for all of the above images).

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Cockshott Point

Cockshott Point is an area, owned by The National Trust, alongside the shore of Lake Wiundermere and just a short walk from Bowness Pier. The path also leads to the Windermere vehicle and passenger ferry crossing. 
Heading from Bowness, the first part of the path is in a shaded, wooded area. 
Looking south along Lake Windermere towards the ferry crossing landing point. Despite this being just a few minutes walk from Bowness Pier, the vast majority of tourists tend to miss out on this walk, yet it is so much quieter with great views, instead of the crowed 'honey-pot' of Bowness.  
Looking in the other direction and across the lake. Bowness is off to the right, around Cockshott Point. 
As mentioned, so much quieter. No tourist tat shops here, just admire the natural beauty of the area.

Gentle waves lapping onto the shore. 
It was quite windy out on the lake which were ideal conditions for sailing. 
A view looking north up the lake towards Waterhead. 
It's great to be free to walk along the shore.  Bowness marina seemed pretty full. 
On the Bowness side of Cockshott Point 
The path back to Bowness where the silence will soon be shattered. 

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Hyning Wood & Summerhouse Hill

We join our Roving Lancashire Correspondent for a walk in the Yealand Conyers area, which is just north of Carnforth. A walk that takes us through Hyning Wood to Summerhouse Hill.

Following the path to Hyning Wood.
Into the wood. No one else to be seen. 
Note the carvings of the two animals.  
Now which way do we go? 
A gate out of the wooded area. 
There are several footpaths in this area. Two walkers up ahead in the distance. 
Peter Lane Lime Kiln.

Making our way along the old track.
Through another gate. 
Lines of freshly cut grass.
Entrance to Leighton Hall.
Leighton Hall driveway.
We continue the walk over this stile.
Into the wood .......
..... and out again. 
Lance's Bench. 
View from the bench on what was a misty day. 
Huge boulder at the viewpoint. 
Stan's Seat.
A view of Leighton Hall from Stan's Seat.
Chestnut colours.
The end of the walk is at the bottom of Peter Hill in Yealand Conyers.