In the summer of 2009, Mrs H and I went on an ill-fated fortnight’s holiday in beautiful North Wales, basing ourselves just outside of Barmouth. Although some of the photos I took that fortnight have featured in my desktop wallpaper series, this is the first time that I’ve pulled together all the shots taken on holiday by theme.

Barmouth sits at the mouth of the Mawddach, a river that has carved a stunning estuary over the years. Apart from the beautiful railway bridge (which I’ve probably bored you to death with by now!) it is home to a little harbour and plenty of small boats.

Boats on the Mawddach

Dave's Revenge on the Mawddach

Barmouth Bridge in Silhouette

Barmouth Bridge in Silhouette

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Sunset In Northumberland

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Purple And Soaked

My theme this week is our visit to the Farne Islands back in September 2010. We took one of the many popular tourist boat trips from Seahouses on the Northumberland coast, giving us about two and a half hours offshore, cruising around the islands before landing on Inner Farne.

Despite the good weather we enjoyed during our trip, it pays to remember that you are sat on a small boat travelling out into the North Sea, and that you should expect to get a bit of a soaking if you want to sit on one of the outdoor seats to enjoy the view. Dress sensibly, like this lady did, and it will all add to the fun of the day.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s photos. During this trip, we did make landfall on Inner Farne (where we visited St Cuthbert’s Chapel, and next week I’ll share those photos with you. Have a great weekend!

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Cute Seal

My theme this week is our visit to the Farne Islands back in September 2010. We took one of the many popular tourist boat trips from Seahouses on the Northumberland coast, giving us about two and a half hours offshore, cruising around the islands before landing on Inner Farne.

This is my favourite shot of the seals from our trip that day. I just love how she’s looking straight down the lens, as if she knows exactly what I’m doing. Adorably cute!

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Seals On The Farne Islands

My theme this week is our visit to the Farne Islands back in September 2010. We took one of the many popular tourist boat trips from Seahouses on the Northumberland coast, giving us about two and a half hours offshore, cruising around the islands before landing on Inner Farne.

This is the reason to take a trip out here in September: seals, lots of them, lying on the shores around the Farne Islands, wondering when the pesky humans will get bored and head off back to shore so that they can have their peace and quiet back 🙂

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Grey Cliffs Of The Farne Islands

My theme this week is our visit to the Farne Islands back in September 2010. We took one of the many popular tourist boat trips from Seahouses on the Northumberland coast, giving us about two and a half hours offshore, cruising around the islands before landing on Inner Farne.

Working our way around the coast, time and time again the hard subvolcanic diabase rock caught my eye. There’s a certain something to how it rises from the sea in stacks and sloping strata (the whole rock slopes north to south; the larger stacks are at the south of the islands, creating beaches on the northern sides), but most especially the grey tone and texture of the rock itself. I could happily post a whole week of just Farne Islands cliff shots, but I fear I’d lose all my readers if I did 😉

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Approaching The Farne Islands

My theme this week is our visit to the Farne Islands back in September 2010. We took one of the many popular tourist boat trips from Seahouses on the Northumberland coast, giving us about two and a half hours offshore, cruising around the islands before landing on Inner Farne.

This is the modern-day Longstone Lighthouse on what I believe is known as the Brownsman. It is a striking sight as you approach the islands by tourist boat, standing so prominently so low down to the sea. It’s also part of British folklore; one of its predecessors was the home of British heroine Grace Darling, who in 1838 (along with her father William, the lighthouse keeper) rowed out to the shipwreck of the SS Forfarshire to save 13 souls.

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Pontypridd Signal Box

The disused railway signal box at Pontypridd is a Grade II listed building, and was once part of Pontypridd Junction. It played a part in the Hopkinstown Railway Disaster of 1911 (see also Wikipedia), when a stationary northbound coal train failed to comply with Rule 55 and ended up in collision with a southbound passenger train. Eleven people lost their lives.

Today, the signal box stands abandoned, unused. I’ve been unable to find any online reference for when the signal box closed. If you know, please leave a comment below.

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Chillingham Cattle

Chillingham Cattle

Chillingham Cattle

Chillingham Cattle

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Chillingham Cattle

Chillingham Cattle

Chillingham Cattle

Chillingham Cattle

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