Visiting the incredible Manchester Monastery

Visiting the incredible Manchester Monastery The Manchester Monastery really is one of those buildings where using the word incredible in its description is quite right and fitting. Not only is it an incredible building, but it also has an amazing story connected to it, from its beginnings as a Franciscan friary in the 19th century, […]

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sometimes it’s all about the squirrel

Squirrels aren’t always everybody’s cup of tea, it’s a rodent that has the capacity to annoy gardeners as they can damage plants, fruits and vegetables – although to be fair they don’t always damage too much and in our case the squirrels that come into our garden tend to be reasonably well behaved – although […]

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a polecat, a ferret and Rodneys car …

One of the great things about getting out in the fresh air and walking is that things are forever changing and there is always something different to see.  Having said that we didn’t expect to see a lady out walking her dog … and her polecat and ferret, nor did we expect to see a […]

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Reddish Vale Country Park …

A few days ago we visited one of the attractions that really is right on our doorstep and one that despite its proximity to home we haven’t been to for a good number of years – Reddish Vale Country Park. Reddish Vale is located in the Tame Valley in Greater Manchester and is around 160 […]

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broadbottom viaduct and the pennine trail

The other day we had set off in the car to drive towards Chinley and head out for a walk along the Peak Forest canal, but we were distracted as we drove under the Broadbottom viaduct when we saw signs for the Pennine Way. So rather than carry onto Chinley we parked up and went […]

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Peak Forest Tramway Trail

Close to Buxworth Basin, which itself is close to Whaley Bridge is The Peak Forest Tramway Trail. The Tramway was used to connect the limestone quarries at Dove Holes to the Buxworth canal basin for ongoing transportation of the products from the quarries. Ambling along the trail makes for a decent walk (of around six […]

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wandering around in june …

A collection of photographs taken in June – canal walks, river walks and reservoirs. There really is such a lot of wildlife and colour and although it’s all pretty ordinary and everyday type scenes, it’s not difficult to find pleasure and beauty in what so often is so close to home.

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