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Friday, August 18, 2017


A few weeks ago we went up to Derbyshire and stayed on a site which is part of the Chatsworth estate.  Campers even had their own key to a door that lead into the park.  Some parts of the house is covered in scaffold, which is part of a £37 million renovation.!!!

The river Derwent flows through the estate.

Its the most opulent stately home that we have visited even the window frames are gilded.

The Duke of Devonshire and 

The interior is used for exhibitions, this one is Damien Hirsts St Bartholomew.
No flash is allowed inside the house, so not great pictures.

On the day we visited, the house was the stopping place for the 1000 mile rally of the vintage cars, and many of them were Bentleys.  I couldn't even guess as to the value of all these cars.

The grounds and gardens are well worth the walk, even in the rain.   There was even an underground railway to take the coal into the house!   

These next pictures are of the "Rockery"  How much labour was required to construct this ??

Monday, August 07, 2017

A ride to Ponty

I needed to go to Pontypridd [Ponty] for a few things, so rather than ride the direct route I took a scenic one, hung the camera around my neck and clicked away as I rode.  So the picture quality is not brilliant, and I'll just add a few captions to the pictures.

The trail passes  the rugby field on what was the old railway line from Cardiff to Treforest

I wonder who this is posted over the cycling sign, maybe someone from the rugby club having a joke!!

The trail rejoins the road through an industrial estate,  which being a Sunday afternoon is very quiet.

Even the main roads are quiet,

and then back onto some lanes which gradually climb, giving some good views of the old works and parts of Pontypridd.

From the signpost above to this pub is a gradual climb of nearly 2 miles, so the slow sign is very apt.

Good views from the top, and they can always find space for a playing field in the valleys!

Into Ponty and across the river Taf, into the park where there was a fete going on.

Then its trail, again an old railway line, all the way back home

 Taffs Well is more or less in the middle of this picture but on the valley floor.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Swarming bees

There was I sitting in the garden yesterday out of the heat, quietly reading my book when I noticed a few bees, far more than usual, then the air was thick with them and they eventually settled on a tree,  They swarmed again and finally settled on the rowan tree.   Luckily a beekeeper, Bill,  lives nearby so he was able to come over and collect them.  He said it was a big swarm of about 40000 bees.

The first time I've experienced this.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Brixham and a good book.

We stayed for a few days on a site  between  Brixham and Dartmouth, 
and the Dartmouth to Paignton steam railway is a must visit.  Not only the joy and smell of travelling on a steam engine but there are fantastic views as it runs close to the sea.

Dartmouth's old shop.

The entrance to Dartmouth 

Like nmany seaside towns there are narrow streets

Brixham harbour.

and a plug for this book.  
I've read many books about long cycling trips and sometimes they can get a bit boring because basically you get up in the morning, get on the bike, ride, eat, sleep and do it all again tomorrow and the next day etc.  Not all the long distance riders are good authors as well as good cyclists, but  Mike is a journalist first and foremost so he knows how to put a story together and thats what he's done in this book.
There is very little detail about his bike and kit but he tells a good tale of his experiences as he cycles around the coast of Britain.  Its a great  read and flows well, so well that I finished it in four evenings.