Landscapes and Post-Industrial South Wales

Stuart enjoys taking great photos and uncovering the stories behind them.

His main photography project is Merthyr Road - a look at the history and the legacy of the industrialisation of the South Wales Valleys.

Towards Pontypridd

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.

Most people visit Harlech for the castle, the beach, or its golf course. As far as I can tell, few head up into the mountains behind it to stroll along the empty roads and footpaths and to enjoy both the fantastic views and the many standing stones that can be found up there.

The Land Above Harlech

The Views Above Harlech

House And Dry Stone Walls

The First Standing Stone

The Second Standing Stone

The Second Standing Stone Is Behind The Wall

The Views Beyond The Walls

The Third Standing Stone

Why I Love North Wales

The Fourth Standing Stone

Is This The Fifth Standing Stone?

I Am Not A Number

Porthmadog From Afar

Remains Of A Cairn

Remains Of A Cairn

Remains Of A Cairn

Dry Stone Wall Disappearing Off Into The Distance

The House Nestled In Nicely

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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.

We went back to Llangollen, having pre-booked tickets on a canal boat to take us over Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, and we were not disappointed. Fantastic way to mellow out, and the views whilst travelling over the narrow aqueduct were just as enjoyable as when we’d walked over it earlier in our holiday. Highly recommended.

On The Llangollen Canal

43W On The Llangollen Canal

50mph Speed Limit

Entering The Narrows

The Top of the Narrowboat

The Top of the Narrowboat

First View Of Pontcysyllte Aquaduct

Congestion On The Llangollen Canal

Preparing To Go Over Pontcysyllte Aquaduct

The Basin At Trevor

Looking Down On The Bridge From Pontcysyllte Aquaduct

Going Over Pontcysyllte Aquaduct

Railway Viaduct Seen From Crossing Pontcysyllte Aquaduct

House With Red Door In Trevor

Photographing The Narrowboat Crossing Pontcysyllte Aquaduct

The Canal Beyond Pontcysyllte Aquaduct

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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.

Conwy Castle is one of the impressive English castles built on the north coast of Wales. With its distinctive three bridges, and the way that Conwy town literally bursts out of the castle at every seam, it’s a beautiful place to come and walk around. Just remember to bring a wide-angled lens!

Conwy Castle

The Car Park Inside Conwy Town Walls

Inside The Tower At Conwy Castle

Inside Conwy Castle

Inside Conwy Castle

Train Tunnel Beside Conwy Castle

Boats On The River Conwy

Conwy Castle

Fledglings Inside Conwy Castle

The Three Bridges To Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle

I've Got My Eye On You

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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.

Criccieth Castle, in my humble opinion, has the single best tourist information display of any castle that I’ve visited to date, either in Wales or in England. Perched as it is on the headland, it’s an absolute bugger to photograph up close, but pop down to the bay below, and you’ll be rewarded by a magnificent sight.

Criccieth Western Shore

Arrow Slit at Criccieth Castle

Criccieth Castle

A Gap In The Wall

Criccieth Eastern Shore

Fishing In The Harbour At Criccieth

Are You Looking At Me?

Criccieth Castle

Criccieth Castle

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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.

According to the map we had, there were several footpaths running up the mountain from the cottage where we were staying, passing pretty close to a standing stone up in the woods. That sounded like the perfect excuse for an evening stroll, and indeed we were successful in finding the stone, thanks to some extensive logging around it.

The View From Above The Mill

The Lane Through The Trees

The Lane Through The Trees

Standing Stone

Standing Stone

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Pebbled Path

This week’s theme is Tantallon Castle, on the Scottish coastline in East Lothian just outside North Berwick. We visited it in September 2010 whilst exploring the coastline north of Berwick upon Tweed, and we were instantly captivated by its wonderful setting on the coast with the backdrop of Bass Rock.

I can’t remember exactly where at Tantallon this pebbled path was – whether it was inside the castle or something I came across walking from the car park. Either way, I found it really eye-catching, and I’m sure I annoyed the other tourists by just stopping and staring at it when they wanted to walk over it to wherever it leads 🙂

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Wooden Door And Knocker

This week’s theme is Tantallon Castle, on the Scottish coastline in East Lothian just outside North Berwick. We visited it in September 2010 whilst exploring the coastline north of Berwick upon Tweed, and we were instantly captivated by its wonderful setting on the coast with the backdrop of Bass Rock.

One of the things I love about exploring the (mostly ruined) castles of Britain is when I come across an old-fashioned door like this. Maybe it was too many wood-working classes as a child, but I’m a sucker for admiring wood grain. You can keep your modern, form-fitted plastic world … for real beauty, you can’t beat the look and feel of wood.

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Entrance To Tantallon Castle

This week’s theme is Tantallon Castle, on the Scottish coastline in East Lothian just outside North Berwick. We visited it in September 2010 whilst exploring the coastline north of Berwick upon Tweed, and we were instantly captivated by its wonderful setting on the coast with the backdrop of Bass Rock.

To enter Tantallon Castle, you cross this modern sturdy bridge. The deep moat it crosses was part of the formidable defences against armour and siege towers, but with the advent of cannon Tantallon was nowhere near as impregnable, and it fell to Cromwell’s army in 1651. His army’s artillery did substantial damage to the castle walls and especially to the towers, creating much of the ruins that you can visit today.

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Castle Entrance

This week’s theme is Tantallon Castle, on the Scottish coastline in East Lothian just outside North Berwick. We visited it in September 2010 whilst exploring the coastline north of Berwick upon Tweed, and we were instantly captivated by its wonderful setting on the coast with the backdrop of Bass Rock.

The green stone cladding on the Mid Tower (aka the Fore Tower) is very unusual, and really stands out against the red stone used to build the rest of the curtain wall of Tantallon. Historic Scotland were part-way through restoring the cladding, allowing us to get a good idea of what this will look like when the work is complete.

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Essential Conservation Work

This week’s theme is Tantallon Castle, on the Scottish coastline in East Lothian just outside North Berwick. We visited it in September 2010 whilst exploring the coastline north of Berwick upon Tweed, and we were instantly captivated by its wonderful setting on the coast with the backdrop of Bass Rock.

When we visited, Historic Scotland were part-way through essential conservation work, looking to rebuild and restore the soft green stone cladding around the Mid Tower or Fore Tower.

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