A 19-day adventure by Brian Gallagher
  • Day19


    July 10, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    The journey from Glasgow by train and bus was different. From Stranraer the train was on a single track with bushes and trees either and we were literally train bush bashing.
    Portpatrick is the starting point for the Southern Upland Way which is the longest Scottish walk at 341 kms. Our hotel overlooks the Irish Sea, but we cannot see Ireland.
    Tomorrow we start the walk with some long sections of +30km stages. Thankfully our bags are being carried. Wimps again.
    Sandi reckons we don't need to carry water we just open our mouths, as it rains a lot.
    Our hotel is the blue one
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  • Day18


    July 9, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    In contrast to yesterday today is cold,wet & miserable. Still, like other tourists we ventured out visiting the Cathedral, which is like the weather.
    We took shelter in the oldest house in Glasgow. Built in 1471 for the Bishop. Banged my head a few times.
    Our next shelter was a cafe which sold flat whites. Very modern.
    The artwork on the side of buildings is quite impressive and I have included a few examples.
    Defeated by the weather we retired to the hotel drenched.
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  • Day17


    July 8, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Due to major roadworks on the A1(M) the journey to Glasgow took longer than expected.
    We returned the car and finalised our Southern Upland Way walk.
    The weather was sunny and it looked like all of Glasgow was on the main shopping Mall, Buchanan Street, enjoying a fine day. It reminded us of Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Lots of artists and music.
    There was a local band, The Clannards, who I thought was good. I took a video but on this blog I cannot download.
    A sand sculpture of a dog caught our attention as around.
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  • Day17

    Bridlington continued

    July 8, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    We had a busy , but great, day for our final day. First off we visited Pickering market town. Here the church had my favourite saint, St Sebastian. Full of arrows he wears a calm expression. "Is that the best you can do?"
    The town also has a steam train ride to Goathland (Aidensfield in Heartbeat TV series) and Whitby.
    Then on to Hemsley with its castle ruins, an old fashioned sweet shop,!a beautiful market town.
    The abbey ruins st Rievault , situated in a valley, was an impressive sight.
    From there we headed to another market town, Malton.
    The day ended with a lovely meal at The Seabird in Flamborough.
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  • Day15


    July 6, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We visited many places during our stay with C & H.
    The first day we visited a Sail windmill, at Skidby, still in , working order.
    Gee they worked hard in those days. Very interesting to see the old machines and how heavy the were.
    From there we headed to Hull, the 2017 Uk Cultural City.
    Very impressed with all the redevelopement going on.
    A lovelyMinster, being renovated, with great gardens and many fine old buildings.
    In the evening we had dinner at the Triton Inn in Sledmere.
    I had my favourite lamb shanks. Great meal and evening.
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  • Day15

    New Boots

    July 6, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We left Liverpool early for our trip to Richmond in North Yorkshire where we picked up our new boots at Alt Berg.
    It was 12deg when we left and crossing the moors it drop to 8deg with rain.
    At Alt Berg our boots were ready and they fitted really well.
    From Richmond we headed down and across to Bridlington. There was a deviation on the A1 and the GPS and I did not have a clue where we were. I retraced me steps and followed a truck and bingo we were back on track. Nothing from the GPS as it was a new road. It sorted itself out and we arrived at Christine and Habib's about 2 pm.
    After lunch we went to Sewerby village and walked along the cliff tops onto the Esplanade in Bridlington. A lovely walk.
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  • Day15


    July 6, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌫 13 °C

    The expected delays around Birmingham didn't eventuate so we had a good drive to Liverpool. Here we spent 3 days seeing family. Beryl, Ronnie, Darren and his friend Zona. It was great to catch up.
    On our second day we all met in town and toured all the new developements after lunch. Liverpool has made great progress after being the UK's city of culture some years ago and redevelopment is still taking place.
    Beryl wanted us to see the oldest pub in town, The Philamonic. It still has the original urinal from 1853 and the smell there dates from that period.
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    Darren Gallagher

    Auntie Shirley looks great ! am back on a diet 😂😂 x

  • Day11

    Onward to Scotland

    July 2, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    From Winchester we drove up the road to Marsh Baldon.
    There were formally 6 Baldons. Upper Baldon,Lower Baldon and Baldon in Between, Marsh Baldon, Toot Baldon and Baldon on the Green. Sadly only Marsh, Toot and Upper now exist.
    Our friend Beryl's family have lived in these villages for over 300 years. One Pub, a church and the village green and a collection of houses. No Noise. Peaceful.
    On Friday we went to see her daughter in law's funfare. Each year from May to October they tour the local villages. And the crowds still flock up. A piece of local history.
    We saw a calf being born in the field behind Beryl's garden and watched its first staggering steps. Fresh veggies from a locals allotment. !
    Yes they do taste different.
    The drive to Liverpool was uneventful and I was surprised there was no congestion around Birmingham.
    Beryl, Ronnie and Darren are all well and we spent the time here gossiping and visiting the renewal of the city centre.
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  • Day8

    The Cathedral

    June 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We wandered around town before we went to join an escorted tour of the Cathedral. Very informative.
    July 17 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen death. She was buried in the Cathedral and naturally, it intends to make the most of it. Close by are the remains of King Canute. You remember him sitting on his throne trying to stop the tide coming in.
    During the English Civil War the Parliamentary troops smashed windows around the Cathedral. The broken glass was collected by the locals and the West Window was made from the broken bits.
    From the photo of the nave and quire you can see its beauty.
    The Cathedral is one of the great churches of the UK and a great pleasure for us to visit. An added pleasure for Shirl was an exhibition of the Winchester Bible.
    After a good Italian lunch we strolled around the town visiting all its highlights. A very enjoyable day.
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    lucia higgins

    My nephew Adam had his university graduation in the Cathedral and we dined at that little restaurant (Oct 2015) - lovely memories.

  • Day8


    June 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We left the SWCP behind and travelled to Bournemouth by bus which goes by ferry across Poole Harbour.
    Our hire car is a Renault Captur, diesel, and is a nice car to drive.
    The forecast rain did not arrive until late afternoon so we were able to reconnoitre the town before heading indoors.
    Winchester was the capital of England in Anglo-Saxon times and it does not let you forget it. It's prior Roman history is barely mentioned. King Alfred the Great built a castle here, of which only the Great Hall remains. Did you know that King Arthur,s round table is suspended on one of the walls? No one can prove or disprove it. It brings the punters in.
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