View over Greenwich

     

Hundred-year-old trees in Berkeley Square, in London's luxurious Mayfair district

     

Jewish family in Walthamstow Marshes near the Hasidic Jewish neighbourhoods Stamford Hill and Upper Clapton

     

Finsbury Park

     

Kite-flying in Finsbury Park

     

There's a huge gas container in the middle that's attached to the vertical steel girders with wheels, and when the gas pressure increases, the container slides up the girders (out of an underground water tank), increasing its volume, and thus lowering gas pressure

     

The golf course in Queen's Park

     

The Grand Union Canal, part of the channel network crossing London

     

The 220km-long Grand Union Canal in Perivale, Northwest London

     

Autumn in Green Park

     

Decorated pedestrian subway leading to Green Park

     

Greenwich and Canary Wharf

     

Life in Hampstead Heath

     

Stargazing by the Highgate (or Hampstead) Ponds in Hampstead Heath

     

There's some pretty serious angling going on in Hampstead

     

Two rows of houses usually enclose two rows of gardens in residential London

     

Laundramatic - coin op cleaners

     

Mist over the New River near Finsbury Park

     

Spring along the New River in Harringay

     

Summer in Finsbury Park

     

The huge number of parks in London mean they are accessible to virtually everyone

     

Park life

     

Finsbury Park is one of the largest parks in North London, and has tennis and streetball courts, a baseball and a softball diamond, an American football field (quite rare in London), a bowling green (for the sport 'bowls'), plus a huge amount of grass to lie on

     

Playground in a park in Upper Holloway near Archway

     

Some trees just won't let go - the dead of winter in Queen's Park

     

An important South America vs. Eastern Europe match in Queen's Park

     

A secret lake

     

Deer in Richmond Park, the largest park in London

     

People warily approaching a herd of deer in Richmond Park

     

View from Alexandra Park

     

Alexandra Park

     

The little park next to Chandos Road in Stratford

     

Small parcels in Southgate Chase Allotments

     

Relaxing in St James's Park

     

A day off in Alexandra Park

     

Alexandra Park

     

View from Alexandra Palace, situated on a hill in North London

     

Alexandra Park

     

View to the south

     

Muswell Hill and Crouch End with Canary Wharf in the distance

     

North and East London

     

Sunset over Crouch End and Canary Wharf

     

Walthamstow Marshes, while also bordered by several industrial areas, are a very nice getaway in Hackney

     

2km long Southend Pier

     

Landscape, Thames Estuary

     

Southend Pier is the longest pier in the world

     

Will be usable again in about 6-10 hours

     

Evening

     

Sunset

     

Sunset With Distant Boat

     

Looking back from Lose Hill at Back Tor

     

The top

     

Farmland near Edale

     

Grazing sheep

     

Fields in the White Peak (the gentler part of the Peak District)

     

The Back Tor-Mam Tor ridge

     

Moorland in the Peak District

     

Path leading down to Edale

     

The ridge path between Hollins Cross and Back Tor

     

Looking towards Mam Tor (the hill on the left)

     

Green valley

     

Back Tor

     

The Peak District's colors

     

Climbing the path leading to Hollins Cross

     

Go!

     

Hope valley

     

Matlock

     

The woods around Matlock Bath.

     

Forest pathway.

     

Cliff-top view of some of Matlock Bath's houses.

     

Alum Bay, Isle of Wight

     

The colorful rocks of Alum Bay

     

The Needles

     

View from Foreland Point - the beautifully named Desolation Point is not far from here

     

The road leading back to Lynton from the nearby hills

     

English countryside

     

View of the Valley of Rocks and Woody Bay from the top of Hollerday Hill

     

View from the top of Countisbury Hill, a short but very steep drive away from Lynmouth

     

British farm

     

The peninsula called Foreland Point

     

On the way to the tip of Foreland Point (which is about 3-4km from Lynmouth)

     

Please Shut All Gates - the sign implies this is a public right of way (ie. a public path crossing private land), but you need to check the map to be sure

     

The road leading down to the village of Lynmouth - it _is_ steep.

     

The village of Lynmouth - despite its popularity with tourists - has fortunately managed to avoid real estate developers

     

The oceanside village of Lynmouth, at the shared estuary of the East Lyn and West Lyn rivers - the area is sometimes called The English Switzerland

     

Gathering clouds over Lynmouth and Foreland Point

     

Lynmouth and Countisbury HIll

     

Lobster pots on Lynmouth pier - the lobster season hasn't begun yet

     

Probably the world's biggest 'piggy bank' - collecting money for the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society

     

Road trip

     

On the way to the Valley of Rocks

     

View from a strange heart-shaped terrace over Lynmouth harbour and Foreland Point

     

Only 6 months until summer...

     

Beware of the sheep - and indeed, we did have a few surprise encounters with a few sheep that clearly didn't understand what we were doing on their road

     

The sheep

     

The bay of Lynmouth village

     

Beware of the Batman

     

Signposts indicate the route of the 630-mile (1000km) South West Coast Path, one of the the longest National Trails in England

     

View through a hedge separating farms in Exmoor

     

The Valley of Rocks

     

By the river

     

On the coast of Hunstanton

     

Birds circling over the North Sea

     

The Hunstanton coast

     

A sign describing the Norfolk Coast Path, which used to be a road used in Roman times

     

This part of the North Sea is called The Wash, which is actually a large estuary fed by several rivers

     

By the sea

     

Locals love wearing flipflops while also wearing coats and big scarves (it was about 15 degrees Celsius)

     

Tree permanently deformed by the strong winds

     

The tangled branches of the deformed tree

     

Sheep fence at the foot of the Seven Sisters

     

Seven Sisters Country Park

     

A great location for rugby and football pitches

     

The colours of the sea

     

By the sea

     

10 degrees Celsius

     

Birling Gap

     

The Seven Sisters cliffs as seen from the top of the first peak, Haven Brow

     

Sheep fence near Haven Brow overlooking the Cuckmere Haven

     

The Quarry is a large park by the River Severn

     

An eccentric tree

     

The Quarry park and Kingsland Bridge - the toll bridge was built in the 19th century and it costs 10p for a car to cross it (at least in 2007)

     

Garden sprinkler turned up a bit too high - the countryside near the Suffolk coast

     

Dog's perspective

     

Kids

     

The Borough of Broxbourne (Hertfordshire), 20 minutes north of London

     

Not Utah - the fishing huts of the Dungeness peninsula with railways next to them (these used to launch boats when this was still a thriving fishing community)

     

Only about 40 fishermen remain in the area - the boats of the rest are left rotting on land

     

Old fishing boat

     

Faded

     

An example of the old machinery lying around

     

Clothes hanger; the rows of pylons in the background carry electricity from Dungeness Nuclear Power Station located a mile from here

     

Hut with a view

     

Emma Jane with one of the remaining lighthouses in the background

     

On the beach

     

Lost

     

Boat winch

     

Fishing nets

     

The Dungeness Pyramid?

     

Rust

     

Remains

     

Fair chance

     

Gutted boat

     

Boat launching tracks

     

The still operational 15-inch(!) gauge Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

     

Mobile hut

     

Houses in Dungeness Village are apparently quite sought after among people who like the area's desolate and remote atmosphere

     

The remote entrance of Dungeness Village

     

Turn spider nut till hard against collar

     

A delicate power balance

     

The Mere Nature Reserve surrounding Framlingham Castle

     

Overlooking the Mere

     

Dowdell's Wood, next to which the route passes (near the village of Ayot St Peter)

     

Dowdell's Wood in spring

     

The National Cycle Network is maintained by the charity Sustrans (Sustainable Transport)

     

Hikers, who have just traversed the arete Striding Edge, approaching the summit

     

Derelict dam in the valley under Helvellyn

     

Family

     

The Lake District

     

Top of the world

     

Gentler paths leading down Helvellyn's sides

     

The summit plateau of Helvellyn (in the 1920 even a plane landed here)

     

Along Striding Edge

     

The Lake District's indigenous Herdwick sheep

     

Snow

     

The arete Striding Edge on a busy day (it's not the easiest way to the summit but by far the best, perhaps apart from its sister Swirral Edge on the other side of the valley)

     

View from Helvellyn's summit towards the west

     

View towards the East

     

The valley and the Red Tarn

     

Farmland in a glacial valley by Ullswater

     

A park by buildings belonging to the University of Rochester

     

The turquoise waters of England

     

The white cliffs of Dover (this is a few miles from the town of Dover)

     

Dog poop bin

     

Looking across the English Channel

     

Fence near the top of Shakespeare's Cliff

     

Fishing on Samphire Hoe - reclaimed land made from the soil removed during the construction of the Channel Tunnel

     

Looking towards Folkestone

     

English hikers

     

Information sign containing information, among others, on when high tides are, when dusk sets in, and a warning about adders (venomous snakes) active in the grass

     

Under the cliffs of Dover

     

Along the North Downs Way, a 250km long-distance path in Southern England

     

A hot September day on Shakespeare Cliff

     

Samphire Hoe Country Park (Wikipedia says 'A country park is an area designated for people to visit and enjoy recreation in a countryside environment.') - way too much concrete, to be honest

     

International trade has sadly marred the natural beauty of Dover

     

Shingle beach next to Samphire Hoe Country Park

     

Tropic sunset near Folkestone

     

Houses scattered on top of the white cliffs of Dover

     

North Down Ways and Saxon Shore Way trail signs pointing towards Dover

     

On top of Shakespeare Cliff - the place supposedly inspired a scene in King Lear ('How fearful / And dizzy 'tis, to cast one's eyes so low!')

     

Sandy beach

     

For the geographically challenged

     

A day out

     

The Devon coastline in Plymouth

     

Dog-swimming on a sultry March day

     

Ullswater is the second largest lake in England

     

Patterdale at the western tip of the lake

     

The footpath running along the shore

     

Taking a rest by the footpath running along the southern shore of Ullswater

     

The village of Patterdale

     

'It's just resting.' - indigenous Herdwick sheep

     

At the foot of the hill Swineside Knott

     

On top of the 100m high cliffs of Dover

     

The massive cliffs are visible from France on a clear day as a long white strip

     

Country for Old Men

     

Beach huts and boats along Kingsdown beach

     

Shingle beach just outside the village of Kingsdown

     

In Britain, where most land is owned privately, public is normally allowed to walk along designated Rights of Way - Access Land means that a part of private land is freely accessible

     

Cycling home

     

SeaFrance ferry crossing the English Channel from Calais to Dover

     

Cliff path

     

Path leading to a hobbit hole

     

The Saxon Shore Way leading down from the chalk cliffs to Kingsdown

     

English countryside

     

The Kingsdown beach huts

     

Approved by Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks

     

The Bay area in the village of St Margaret's at Cliffe

     

Tiny

     

View from Kingsdown

     

Along the Saxon Shore Way

     

View over Kingsdown and Deal (with 300m-long Deal pier on the right)

     

White Cliffs Country

     

'Possible dangers surrounding boat winching operations'

     

Bushes permanently deformed by the prevailing winds

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