When I first trotted along the track in the photo, I was on a mere public bridleway like so many of its kind. After the passage of a few years, a more recent visit together with a more recent O.S. Explorer map reveal this to have become part of the Clwydian Way, a local counterpart to the national trail that is the Offa's Dyke Path. The valley below this track along the slopes of Fron Fawr has gained the name of Glyn y Groes, a name which means valley of the cross. In this case, the cross in question is Eliseig's Pillar near the A542 and it's only a shadow of its former glory following its smashing in the Civil War of the seventeenth century. The original height was a rather impressive 25 feet high but now only a comparative stump of 8 feet in height remains. The pillar was a monument erected to one of the princes of Powys by his great-grandson in the ninth century and had inscribed on it the full lineage of the princes of Powys. Having 25 feet of height with which to work must have been invaluable for this kind of thing.
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 increased the number of photos to be found on that very first website and an online photo gallery was born. From a single pleasing first photo, it 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, I started a blog to see if this concept could be taken further, only for it to then take on a life of its own after following an unexpected course encouraged by reader comments.
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. What changed that was the interest shown by others in my explorations of countryside so specialisation followed. Anything not fitting the outdoors theme needed another home and there was a visitor directory that needed refurbishing too. The result was a new section devoted to subjects of interest to more than those partial to walking or cycling through the countryside.
The eventual aim is to have something of a travelogue much like you'd find in magazines like Countryfile, Discover Britain, Scots and Cumbria. So, 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.