Monday, 23 December 2013

2013 travels - Summer in England

Continuing a look back on my travels during 2013, I decided it was worthwhile to include a couple of short trips to places in my home country, England. If you have never visited these places, I hope you enjoy the photos!

In June, we spent a long weekend in the Dorset and New Forest area on the south coast. 

The first two images are of the Dorset coastline,  (The Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site is England's first natural World Heritage Site - it is known as The Jurassic Coast. It covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth's history.), starting with Durdle Door, one of the most photographed landmarks along the Jurassic Coast. This rock arch in the sea was formed as a result of the softer rocks being eroded away behind the hard limestones, allowing the sea to punch through them. The name Durdle is derived from an Old English word thirl meaning bore or drill. Eventually the arch will collapse to leave a sea stack.

Durdle Door
Durdle Door

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The second image is of St Oswald's Bay, which is on the other side of the Durdle Door headland.
St Oswald's Bay
St Oswald's Bay
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Leaving the coast, we moved inland to  Arne Nature Reserve, where we came across these Fallow deer. They were introduced by the Normans and quickly became established in the wild in hunting forests and chases. There are no really accurate estimates, but there must be tens of thousands of fallow deer in Britain.
Fallow Deer
Fallow Deer
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The following day we explored the beautiful New Forest area, and I cant leave without posting a photo of the famous New Forest ponies! They are one of the recognised mountain and moorland or native pony breeds of the British Isles. They are valued for hardiness, strength, and sure-footedness. The breed is indigenous to the New Forest in Hampshire in southern England, where equines have lived since before the last Ice Age; remains dating back to 500,000 BC have been found within 50 miles (80 km) of the heart of the modern New Forest. Currently there are around 3000 ponies in the New Forest.
New Forest Pony and Foal
New Forest Pony and Foal
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In July, we spent a couple of days in the West of England, around Tewkesbury and Gloucester. Tewksbury is a very well preserved historic English town dating back well over 500 years. The first image is of the Abbey Mill and Weir on the river Mill Avon. It was originally built in 1190 as a mill for the monks at Tewkesbury Abbey but was completely rebuilt in 1793. The flour mill ceased operations in 1920. The Mill Avon is a channel of the River Avon, originally constructed by the monks to drive the mill wheel.
Abbey Mill and Weir
Abbey Mill and Weir
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When we were at Tewkesbury they were holding the Tewkesbury Medieval Festival, which is widely regarded as the largest free medieval gathering of its kind in Europe, the central attraction of which is a re-enactment of the Battle of Tewkesbury, on part of the site of the original 1471 battlefield. Many of the participants including wives and children live as a medieval army in authentic medieval encampments for the whole weekend. 

The Battle of Tewkesbury, which took place on 4 May 1471, was one of the decisive battles of the Wars of the Roses. The forces loyal to the House of Lancaster were completely defeated by those of the rival House of York under King Edward IV. The Lancastrian heir to the throne, Edward, Prince of Wales, and many prominent Lancastrian nobles were killed during the battle or were dragged from sanctuary two days later and immediately executed. The Lancastrian King, Henry VI, who was a prisoner in the Tower of London, died or was murdered shortly after the battle. Tewkesbury restored political stability to England until the death of Edward IV in 1483.

Here is an image from the re-enactment.
Battle of Tewkesbury
Battle of Tewkesbury
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While in that area it is well worth visiting Symonds Yat in the Forest of Dean. Here is a view of the River Wye and Wye Valley from Symonds Yat Rock.
River Wye
River Wye
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We finally made our way home via Gloucester where we spent some time exploring the restored historic Victorian Docks. Once Britain's largest inland port, Gloucester docks feature 15 restored Victorian warehouses as well as 2 working dry docks, a Mariners Chapel and other dock-related buildings that have been found new uses. 
Mariners Chapel
Mariners Chapel
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As usual, all of these photos are available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats including as greeting cards or iphone cases from Fine Art America and Photo4Me - just click on the links below each image.


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