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Picture Stories

A few picture stories ‘& essays
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Clitheroe

Clitheroe, Lancashire
Clitheroe, Lancashire

Like much of the Ribble Valley and Lancashire, the weakness of under-funded tourism-cum-marketing is also its endearing strength. There are some wonderful places to see and things to do around these parts. But happily for those of us who avoid the crowds, comparatively few folk know about them: if it thrives, it does so because of locals and surrounding villages, though the train brings in a good number of walkers. Continue reading Clitheroe

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Downham

Downham.
Downham.

There’s a subtle perfection about Downham, and throughout the stunning May of 2018 I’ve intended merely to pass through (on my way to Bolton-by-Bowland or the Trough), only to get hijacked by seasonal subtleties of light and texture that won’t let me go until I’ve done it some kind of justice. Continue reading Downham

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Whitewell & Forest of Bowland

Whitewell & Forest of Bowland.

The Queen has a fondness for the Whitewell Estate and the Forest of Bowland owing to their (combined) stunning beauty. And the reason they have retained their timeless natural beauty is because this is the Queen’s land – there will be no social engineering projects or new 1000 home developments here ! Continue reading Whitewell & Forest of Bowland

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Lancashire Travel Guide

Ten of the best things to see and do in Lancashire
1: Clitheroe

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Best town in Lancashire by a route march. Good cafes, eateries, pubs, a baby castle and generally a great market town atmosphere. Continue reading Lancashire Travel Guide

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Wednesday Morning Magic

Something strange is afoot on Wednesday mornings throughout the Summer months.
From Preston to Blackburn, then on to Whalley, Clitheroe, Settle and through to Carlisle, people are drawn to a weekly spectacle as if moved my strange magic or a magnetic spell.
Cars pull over.
Playground footie games pause.
Roadworks stop (do some ever start?) Continue reading Wednesday Morning Magic

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Blackpool

Blackpool 1. North Pier and sunset.
Blackpool 1. North Pier and sunset.

We met someone in Lytham last year who told the story of an Australian family, who arrived in Blackpool expecting to see Las Vegas, but instead were horrified by tacky reality (hence their sharpish escape to Lytham!). Continue reading Blackpool

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Pendle Hill

Pebndle Hill. Sun rises over Pendle Hill.
Pendle Hill. Sun rises over Pendle Hill.

The selection of Pendle Hill photos I have is out of proportion to what I could ever hope do with so many images (except perhaps for a book on Pendle Hill, which isn’t going to happen…not a factual work, at least). Continue reading Pendle Hill

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Stonyhurst & The Hodder

Stonyhurst College under moonlight
Stonyhurst College under moonlight

An aesthetically pleasing marriage of Elizabethan and Victorian architecture, the towered structure of Stonyhurst College sits modestly beyond what was once the main road adjoining Clitheroe and Preston, within a stone’s throw of the banks of the River Hodder, and it immediately imposes itself upon the eye of those who have sought it. Continue reading Stonyhurst & The Hodder