Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

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My desktop wallpaper choice today is the amazing Pontcysyllte Anqueduct at Trevor, near Llangollen.

Today, Llangollen Canal is said to be the most popular in the UK, and when that means riding over this amazing aqueduct to get to and from it, it’s no wonder. One of Telford’s great masterpieces, it was completed in 1805 and today is a world heritage centre alongside sites like Stonehenge or the North Wales coastline and its ring of English castles.

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Barmouth Bridge in Silhouette

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My choice of desktop wallpaper continues this week’s theme of nautical(ish) photos from last summer’s holiday in North Wales.

It had been gloomy during the morning when I’d headed out to Transfynydd, but swinging back via Barmouth in the evening, the weather was beginning to pick up to offer some great shots of the bridge, harbour, and river traffic at Barmouth.

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Boats On The River Conwy

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Good morning! Welcome back to another week of my desktop wallpaper picks. I’m still working my way through some of my favourite shots from our holiday in North Wales last summer, and this week I’m picking out shots with a nautical theme.

To get us started, my wallpaper today is this shot of some boats on the River Conwy, taken from the walls on Conwy Castle.

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Public Footpath Sign

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It’s Friday, and whilst I’ve no idea what the weather will actually be like tomorrow and Sunday, if it does turn out to be bright and sunny, why not go out into the countryside and enjoy a nice relaxing walk to get away from it all, just for a little bit?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s varied shots from our holiday in North Wales last summer. I’ve got some more for you next week, with a loose theme to do with boats and water. Have a good weekend!

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Crew Of The Cambrian

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I snagged this shot of the crew of the Cambrian steam train after it had dropped us off at Barmouth railway station at the end of the day. We’d heard the whistle of the train several times during the holiday, but never seen the train, and that had made us determined to spend a day riding the train round to Porthmadog and back before the end of our holiday. It was one of the best days of the holiday.

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Plants In The Evening Sun

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After two days of razor-sharp death and an ecological timebomb, how about something a little more cheery today? A nice simple shot of some plants caught in the last rays of the evening sun just before it set out to see.

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Transfynydd Nuclear Power Station

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Opened in 1965 and closed in 1991, Transfynydd housed two Magnox reactors, and during its operating time was capable of generating enough power to run a city the size of Manchester (this was in the days before personal computers and iPhones, mind). Defuelling began in 1993, and the site is currently being decommissioned. Later in 2010, work will begin on partially demolishing the two reactor towers before they are covered up in an attempt to safely bury the dangerous and toxic materials they contain. There was an attempt to get Transfynydd nuclear power station classified as a listed building, but the request was rejected.

On a day like the day I visited to take this shot, the reactor buildings have a haunting quality, even viewed from so far away across the lake. They’re build from local materials, and were specifically architected with the surrounding landscape in mind. I can’t picture what the landscape will look like once they’re gone, and will return one summer to re-create this shot and see what the difference is like.

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A Deadly Place To Walk

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I hope you all had a great weekend. Welcome back to another week of my desktop wallpaper choices. As promised, I’m picking some more of my photos from last summer’s holiday in North Wales, and this week there isn’t really any other theme to connect them.

Mrs H still hasn’t stopped telling me off for taking this photo; that’s how dangerous it is to put yourself in the path of slate. As you can see in this shot, the slate comes right down to the edge of the road, and had it slipped whilst I was crouching there to take this shot, I’d have been cut to ribbons. According to Google, the last major landslide along this pass was in November 2000, and there’s no mention of the slate itself having moved as part of that landslide, so I reckon I was pretty safe.

For the MAMILs amongst you (that’s Middle-Aged Men In Lycra; cyclists!), the Horseshoe Pass used to feature in the Tour of Britain cycle race.

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Criccieth Castle

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To bring this week’s theme of castle shots from last summer’s North Wales holiday to a close, here’s a shot of the magnificent Criccieth Castle dominating the coastline. Isn’t that just the perfect place to plonk down a castle to dominate the bay?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s castle theme, and I hope the photos have been a little different to what you might have expected too. Have a great weekend, and I’ll be back on Monday with a week of somewhat more varied shots from last summer’s holiday.

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The Three Bridges To Conwy Castle

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Continuing this week’s theme of castle shots from our holiday in North Wales last summer, my choice of desktop wallpaper today is this shot of the unusual bridges at the front of Conwy Castle.

It’s such an obvious shot that I was expecting to find plenty of examples of this via Google when creating this write-up … but if a search on Google is anything to go by, everyone actually prefers to take a shot down on the footbridge instead.

Sadly we never made it down there ourselves; this has gone onto the list of places I’ll be heading back to for a whole day at some point soon.

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