Monthly Archives: April 2014

Croston, a country walk in Lancashire.

We started our walk from the picturesque village of Croston in Lancashire. The name means ‘Town of the cross’ and the modern cross was erected in the 1950’s in the cobbled Church street leading to the late-Gothic church of St … Continue reading

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Springtime in the Hightown dunes.

The recent spell of fine weather and sunshine has convinced me that Spring has finally arrived. I went for my usual walk along the coast to see what was about. As it was a Bank Holiday the car park by … Continue reading

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The Atom at Wycoller

Thursday 17th April. The Atom is one of four Panopticons situated in East Lancashire. By definition, a Panopticon is a structure, space or device providing a comprehensive or panoramic view. The Atom is situated on a hillside overlooking the historic … Continue reading

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Our local coastline

Thursday 10th April. It’s a beautiful sunny afternoon so I decided to take a walk down to the beach. I parked the car close to the coastguard station in Crosby and walked along to the mouth of the River Alt. … Continue reading

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Curral das Freiras. The refuge of the Nuns

It’s 1566 and French pirates are attacking Funchal. A group of Nuns fled from the Convent of Santa Clara and sought refuge in the mountains. The valley they chose was was a crater surrounded by extinct volcano’s and hidden from … Continue reading

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Madeira–The Central Highlands and the east coast

Today we joined another minibus tour with ‘Pride of Madeira’ to explore the Central Highlands and the east coast of the island. Our first stop was at Camacha, a pretty village just 10 miles from Funchal. We had been climbing … Continue reading

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