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Media City and Salford Quays

I think the Quays and MediaCityUK are great places to go with the camera. I do love old architecture but I also find a lot of merit in the modern which this area has in abundance. Consequently, in photography terms, it tends to take me out of my comfort zone as I normally deal in landscapes and nature.

I parked up on a four hour ticket and only just got back to the car in time which just go to show how interesting and varied the place is. In that four hours, I included a customary visit to the Costa Coffee Shop who amused me by using an umbrella template to sprinkle the chocolate on the top of my cappuccino. Well I was in Manchester, the home of drizzle!

This entire area was previously the site of the Manchester Docks. Salford Quays became one of the first and largest urban regeneration projects in the United Kingdom following the closure of the dockyards in 1982 and is now home to -
The Lowry Theatre and Art Gallery which has a permanent exhibition of  L.S. Lowry's work,

South Tynedale Railway

For an hour of my life I was transferred back to my childhood, a time when the family used to make its yearly pilgrimage, via steam train, to see my mother's relatives in Burton on Trent. The scale of things may have been different in those days; the train being the Devonian Express which ran from Bradford Forster Square Station all the way down to Paignton and the journey a tad longer but the excitement was just the same for both journeys. Me and Sal sat waiting in the carriage like a couple of excited kids and I don't think we were the only ones. There's something about railways like the South Tynedale which takes people back to happier, carefree times when the world seemed to run at half the pace it does today.

Our engine for today was The Naworth. This locomotive formerly worked for National Coal Board, North East Area at Horden Colliery, County Durham and was constructed in 1952 by Hudswell-Clarke & Co. of Leeds. It took a wee bit of time to get it's speed up…

Low Force and High Force

I had a drive over Hartside Pass to Alston and then up to High and Low Force waterfalls back in September. It was a toss up whether I came there or went on the South Tynedale Railway but I decided to leave that one for a day when Sal was up in the Lakes. There had been a fair bit of rain over in the Lake District so I plumped for the waterfalls, hoping they would be plenty of water flowing down the River Tees. Unfortunately most of the rain must have dropped in Cumbria as the waterfalls were a bit of a let down. The two previous times I'd been, they had been very impressive and been in spate.

I parked near Low Force and just walked along the Pennine Way (which follows the river) to the viewpoint overlooking High Force and then back. High Force is always impressive no matter what time of year or whatever the weather is like.

The waterfall is within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and European Geopark. Despite popular belief that it is the highest waterfa…