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Swinsty Reservoir

With the Lakes and Yorkshire Dales becoming increasingly more popular, its good to know that you have quieter places on your doorstep where you can escape for a few hours. Swinsty Reservoir and Fewston Reservoir in the Washburn Valley are such places. Obviously they get busier at weekends but midweek they can be havens of tranquility with robins, blackbirds and bluetits never far away and always singing their happy tunes. Mind you at Swinsty,  the geese and ducks which congregate by the picnic area can make a right racket but these can soon be left behind.

Sal came with me today and it was the first time she had been in the area. Give her a camera, a bit of nature and she will disappear in to her own little world. Come to think of it, that's exactly what I tend to do as well. I think we compliment each other, I usually see the landscape opportunities whilst she see the more creative and quirky things which I tend to miss. I am told that I'm getting better at spotting them these…

The Falkirk Wheel

First of all let me say, you'd better not have a hatred of roundabouts if you visit Falkirk! I lost count of the number I had to go round to firstly get to The Helix and secondly to get from there to the Falkirk Wheel. Thank God for a good satnav.

The two canals served by the wheel were previously connected by a series of 11 locks which took a day to navigate. By the 1930s these had fallen into disuse, and the locks were dismantled in 1933. The Forth and Clyde Canal closed at the end of 1962, and by the mid-1970s the Union Canal was filled in at both ends. In 1976 the British Waterways Board decided that the Forth and Clyde Canal, fragmented by various developments, was to have its remaining navigability preserved by building new bridges with sufficient headroom for boats and continuing to maintain the existing locks but restoration of sea-to-sea navigation was deemed too expensive at the time.

Along came the Millennium Project whose aim was to restore the entire navigation of th…

The Kelpies at Helix Park, Falkirk

The Helix is a recently developed parkland between Falkirk and Grangemouth about ten miles north of Glasgow which also includes the eastern end of the Forth and Clyde Canal. The Forth and Clyde Canal was reopened as part of the Millennium Link project in 2001, and included the Falkirk Wheel, a 100 feet (30 m) revolving boat lift which connects it to the Union Canal. I will be blogging about that later.

The most visible feature of the development is the two unique equine structures known as The Kelpies. Each horse measures around 100 feet (30 m) in height and, due to the location of the place, they can't be seen until you are almost upon them which adds a real sense of anticipation. Construction of the 1,600-tonne foundations for the Kelpies began in early 2013. The steel structures for the Kelpies were fabricated at Sherburn-in-Elmet in North Yorkshire by SH Structures; delivery of the main steelwork began in March 2013. Each Kelpie weighs 300 tonnes, and once the structural steel …

Autumn in The Lakes

These are a series of photos I've taken over the last few weeks in the Lake District. The earlier ones were taken in the Thirlmere area a few weeks ago and was well before the trees had really started to properly change colour. I was up again last weekend and autumn has really taken off. The colours in Powterhow Woods and Wythop Woods near Bassenthwaite Lake were absolutely stunning.

My only regret is that I haven't been able to get down Borrowdale this year. I made a vain attempt to go down there last Sunday but the Derwentwater 10 road run was in progress and all the traffic was just about at a standstill. Bad timing on my part.

I cant see me getting up again until the beginning of December and I fear that by then the weather will have taken its toll and most of the leaves will have fallen. So its bye to the most colourful time of year in the Lakes and hello to winter. Hopefully there will be many frosty mornings and misty lakes to photograph plus the odd fall of snow. I kn…