Sunday, 16 November 2014

Canary Wharf, Thames Flood Barrier and the Greenwich Tall Ships.

I took the following pictures whilst waiting for the Woolwich Ferry on Thursday 4th September 2014. The tall ships were at Greenwich for the festival over the following weekend. There isn't a lot of information to add to these pictures. They were taken with my Polaroid digital camera,
 Canary Wharf, O2 Arena, and the Thames Flood Barrier taken from the Woolwich Ferry Southern Jetty.

The tall ships were in London for the Royal Greenwich tall ships festival.

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Saint Bartholomews Church, Ripponden.

Saint Bartholomews Church,
Old Bank,
Saint Bartholomews Church is a grade II Listed Anglican place of worship serving the village of Ripponden in the Ryburn valley. The current building is the fourth to have stood on the site and was consecrated on the 22nd October 1868. The church sits alongside the River Ryburn in a scenic setting and is built over the Cob Clough stream which has caused extensive flooding damage in the past.
These Pictures were taken with my Polaroid digital camera on Saturday 15th February 2014.


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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Port de Sant Miguel, Ibiza

Whilst staying in Portinatx, Ibiza I decided to take the coastal boat trip to Port de San Miguel a distance of approx. 9 miles which took about 45mins to complete. I spent about 6 hours in San Miguel visiting the show cave of Cova de Can Marca which I have already posted about, and just having a look around the village.
Port de San Miguel is a popular beach resort on the Northern coast of Ibiza situated in small sea cove surrounded by high cliffs with run up to the beach head. The high cliffs give good points for taking pictures of the cove and surrounding hotels. The cove was initially built as the fishing port for the nearby villages but now has several hotels and restaurants to serve the now mainly tourist industry.
These pictures were taken on Saturday 12th July 2014 with my Polaroid digital camera.

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Thursday, 6 November 2014

A Few Random Views of the edge of Norland Moor.

Norland Moor is a heather style moorland that rises up above the village of Norland and covers approx. 250 acres stretching between Norland, Greetland, and Barkisland and overlooking the Calder Valley. The moor has been a place of recreation for centuries and today is still popular with families today for walking and relaxing. The moor features a children's playground at the corner of Norland Village. The moor has been quarried at stages but is relatively in good condition and there is evidence of standing stones, ritual sacrifice and historic use by mankind.
The moor was owned by Francis Longbottom and in 1937 control was passed to Sowerby Bridge and District Urban Council. In 1974 Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council took control of the moor.
On the Malcolm Bull Calderdale Companion Website it says the following 2 interesting facts about the moor, 
 There are a number of holes on the moor which have been cordoned off with barbed wire. Below ground, they are fitted out with basic stone tables and seats. These were built in the 1950s by the Royal Observer Corps and were to be used in the event of nuclear attacks.  In 1948, the War Department announced that it wanted to take over 110 acres of the moor for tank exercises, although it promised that there would be no live ammunition fired. There is a link to the Malcolm Bull website at the bottom of this page.
The area of the moor I visited took me in a circle starting at Shaw Lane Opposite St Luke's Church and Norland Junior & Infants School in the centre of the village and I crossed the moor reaching the road at the junction of Turbury Lane and Norland Road which features a bridge over Norland Clough. I then headed back to my Starting point along New Clough Road and Moor End Lane.
These pictures and the ones on Flickr were taken on Friday 24th October 2014 with my Polaroid Digital Camera.
Looking towards St Luke's Church in the village of Norland. 
Pool on the Moor. 
Norland Clough flowing under Norland Road Bridge. 
Welcome to Norland Sign.
Norland Moor Crossroads.

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

All Saints Church, Dudwell Lane, Salterhebble, Halifax

All Saints Church sits in the parish of All Saints, Salterhebble, Halifax. The church foundation stone was laid in August 1857 and opened for worship in 1858 at the same time as the parish of All Saints was created. The church undertook renovations and extensions in 1874 and added the still in use burial grounds in 1903.

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Bankhouse / Copley Railway Tunnel, Salterhebble, Halifax.

Built in the 1850's the Bankhouse Tunnel carries the Caldervale railway line from Sowerby Bridge to Halifax. The tunnel is approx. 195 meters in length cutting through the hillside underneath woodland near to Salterhebble, the line also curves whilst in the tunnel. The tunnel eastern exit emerges above the line that connects Halifax with Huddersfield. The tunnel and line has been in continuous use since opening and were built by the London, Midland & Scottish Railway Company. Although the proper name of the tunnel is Bankhouse it is also commonly known at Copley Tunnel.
The pictures on the Copley side of the tunnel were easy to take as there is public wood that runs either side of the line, the pictures at the Salterhebble exit were quite difficult as I had to climb down a steep embankment that the tunnel runs under and through brambles and nettles to get the picture. I would not recommend anybody try this as I had help and safety gear and at no stage went within any area that had been fenced off or blocked by the rail authorities or made any attempt to get within 10 meters of the rail lines. It would be dangerous to try this.
Bankhouse Tunnel western (Salterhebble) exit.

Bankhouse Tunnel eastern (Copley) exit.
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Far del Moscarter - Portinatx Lighthouse, Ibiza.

The Moscarter / Portinatx lighthouse sits on the north coast of the island of Ibiza approx. 1.5 miles from the town of Portinatx. The walk up is quite rugged and can be achieved either through the surrounding woods or along the coast path that skims along the top of the rocks. The walk took about 30mins from the centre of Portinatx to reach the lighthouse and whilst you can not enter the tower the coastal views from the surrounding rocks are magnificent. There are no refreshment places nearby but it is only a short walk back to the nearest hotel / beech area.
The lighthouse is the tallest in the Balearic Islands and stands at 93 meters above see level with a light range of 18 nautical miles. The tower is a typical 1970's concrete structure and work on building commenced in 1975 but was not completed until 1977.


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