For more than a decade, I have been sharing the fruits of any outings that have taken me to places rural and urban. In its early days, a photo gallery was my main means of doing and the name of the website reflected that until recently. In the meantime, the gallery has been joined by a blog sharing my explorations of the countryside, both on foot and by bicycle. More recently again, I have turned a skeletal website directory into a place for sharing travel writings and visit planning pointers. So far, the focus for all of this has been Britain, Ireland and the Isle of Man. In a way, that shows how much there is to these places and, in truth, there is much more for me to explore yet. Hopefully, the mixture that resides here gives you some feeling for the places that are featured and why they are special. Of course, it would be even better if it inspired you to go planning some outings of your own. Thanks for coming.
This website has come a long way since my first fumblings on the now defunct Geocities. That was the cause of my giving a scanner a go for the very first time, not mine as it happened. Acquiring one of my own meant that a photo entry ended up on that very first website soon afterwards. From that pleasing first photo, a gallery has grown with numerous albums dedicated to different parts of Britain and Ireland.
There is a mixture of urban and rural scenes here with explorations of countryside taking over from that of towns and cities in more recent times. There also are new places to photograph but previous efforts are subject to improvement too. Thus, albums should continue to change with additions and improvements. Also, new albums could join them yet.
Before the blog existed, there was a news page listing recent trips as a teaser for future additions to the photo gallery. Then, a blog started out as an experiment to see if this concept could be taken further, only for it to then take on a life of its own after following an unexpectedly different course.
What I hadn't realised at the outset was the appetite that those who walk through countryside have for each others' tales of their own wanderings. Starting out early in outdoors blogging helped to get my writings noticed with comments from regular readers shaping how the blog has developed since I started it. Also, that encouragement not only has kept me going out and about but also sharing experiences and thoughts inspired by my exploring British, Irish and Manx countryside.
In its early days, the blog was something of a catch-all for a variety of different articles but the interest in my explorations of countryside meant that some of them didn't belong there any more. Not only did I not want to lose these from the website but there was a visitor directory that I wished to turn into something more substantial as well.
What I had in mind was a little of something in the spirit of Countryfile, Scots and Cumbria magazines. Quite a bit has happened to things that way but it's still a work in progress and that gives me cause to continue with the endeavour. What you'll find here is a mixture of visitor information and personal experiences along with a little something photographic too. Variety is the essence here and it looks as if that's how it's going to stay too.
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