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Barn on the Moor
       
     
Lone Boat
       
     
Furness Loco
       
     
Inquisitive Sheep
       
     
The Mighty Ribblehead Viaduct
       
     
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Ribblehead - View 3
       
     
Ribblehead - View 4
       
     
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Blea Moor Signal Box
       
     
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Public footpath across the moor
       
     
New Forest Common
       
     
The New Forest
       
     
Isle of Purbeck
       
     
Anvil Point Lighthouse
       
     
Fawley Oil Refinery
       
     
Calshot Spit
       
     
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Liguria (Italy)
       
     
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Ribblehead - Colour version
       
     
New Forest Track
       
     
Lady(bird) in Red
       
     
Majestic Swan
       
     
Along The Canal
       
     
The Frog
       
     
The Inquisitive Cow
       
     
Tia
       
     
Rani
       
     
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Butterfly on Grass
       
     
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Rustic Shutters
       
     
Beyond Repair
       
     
Hale Park
       
     
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Gauge
       
     
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Isle of Wight Steam Railway
       
     
Burnt Power
       
     
Hythe Pier
       
     
Fawley Power Staion - View 2
       
     
Fawley Power Station - View 3
       
     
Ribblehead Station
       
     
Riomaggiore
       
     
"Aldgate" - (A model railway)
       
     
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Dent Head Viaduct
       
     
Dent Head Viaduct

Whilst not as impressive as its bigger cousin (Ribblehead), Dent Head Viaduct still provides a spectacular sight, even on a dreary day!

Barn on the Moor
       
     
Barn on the Moor

This well built barn is a perfect fit for this rugged landscape.

Lone Boat
       
     
Lone Boat

The rest of this town was pretty dilapidated, but turn around and face the sea, and this was the gorgeous view that awaits.

Furness Loco
       
     
Furness Loco

Found this beauty at the National Railway Museum in York. The shine off it was just as impressive as the loco itself!

Inquisitive Sheep
       
     
Inquisitive Sheep

This fella was intrigued by my presence as I trundled across the wet moors!

The Mighty Ribblehead Viaduct
       
     
The Mighty Ribblehead Viaduct

Spanning 400m over Batty Moor, this 24 arch structure is certainly impressive. Ever changing skies make for dramatic photos.

Ribblehead Viaduct - alternate view
       
     
Ribblehead Viaduct - alternate view

A different view point of this impressive man-made wonder.

Ribblehead - View 3
       
     
Ribblehead - View 3

Yep, another view - this time looking from the main road down into the valley.

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Ribblehead - View 4

Another look at the viaduct, this time with a 2 car DMU crossing it amidst a dramatic backdrop.

View from Ingleborough
       
     
View from Ingleborough

Looking towards Batty Moor, you can just about make up Ribblehead viaduct if you look closely. What a view!

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Blea Moor Signal Box

With a lifelong interest in railways, I couldn't resist taking more photos of railway infrastructure. This is Blea Moor Box, a few hundred meters away from the lengthy Blea Moor tunnel.

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Ribblehead - View 5

A wider angle view, showing the barn from a previous photo.

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Public footpath across the moor

There's a lovely circular walk that runs to and from Chapel le Dale via the Ribblehead viaduct. Here we cross farmland, climbing over styles built into the stone walling.

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New Forest Common

Such open spaces like this is a traditional feature of many New Forest villages - this one features a large cricket ground in the middle, with animals free to roam outside.

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The New Forest

Although a forest by name, this national park boasts the biggest area of heathland in Europe! 

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Isle of Purbeck

Looking across from Durlston Country Park, you get a great view of Peveril Point and Old Harry Rocks.

Anvil Point Lighthouse
       
     
Anvil Point Lighthouse

This short lighthouse guides ships around Anvil Point - the south eastern point of the Isle of Purbeck.

Fawley Oil Refinery
       
     
Fawley Oil Refinery

Whilst a lot of the site nearest the waterside is now derelict, this is still the largest oil refinery in the UK. It once even had its own narrow gauge railway and aerial ropeway!

Calshot Spit
       
     
Calshot Spit

Jutting out into the Solent, this spit has an interesting history as a former RAF base. Much like the neighbouring oil refinery, it also once boasted a narrow gauge railway.

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Calshot Spit - View 2

An alternate view gives us a closer look at the humungous hangars built in the 1920s, as well as the castle built in 1539 to protect Southampton from seaborne attack.

Liguria (Italy)
       
     
Liguria (Italy)

Looking from the road from Trebiano Magra towards the lower lying areas around Luni and Sarzana, the misty mountains make for a spectacular background.

Liguria - View 2
       
     
Liguria - View 2

This time, we venture slightly south west to the village of Cerri. Looking towards a similar point, the far mountains are still dominating the photo.

Ribblehead - Colour version
       
     
Ribblehead - Colour version

A colour version of a previous photo. The sunlight pierces through the low lying clouds, illuminating the far mountain in glorious light.

New Forest Track
       
     
New Forest Track

A typically overgrown forest track with wildflowers in abundance.

Lady(bird) in Red
       
     
Lady(bird) in Red

This little fella was climbing on my jumper, thankfully I had a camera on hand to capture it.

Majestic Swan
       
     
Majestic Swan

Whilst travelling on a canal in Oxford, we had plenty of animals keeping us company - this swan was determined to race us!

Along The Canal
       
     
Along The Canal

Here are a couple of friendly ducks making their way downstream on the Oxford canal.

The Frog
       
     
The Frog

This fella sat here for ages in our garden pond - seemingly completely unfazed by my presence.

The Inquisitive Cow
       
     
The Inquisitive Cow

Taken with my very first digital camera back in 2006, this was taken at my grandparents farm in Dorset.

Tia
       
     
Tia

A friends' cat just out exploring her back garden (which also happens to be part forest - lucky cat!)

Rani
       
     
Rani

Their other cat, Rani, surveying her kingdom!

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Robin at Hilliers

On a trip to Hilliers gardens, this fine robin was perched on a bench.

Butterfly on Grass
       
     
Butterfly on Grass

Amongst tall grass I found this butterfly flying around. Whilst perhaps not the most beautiful example, I still waited for it to land in the sunlit grass.

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Rustic Shutters
       
     
Rustic Shutters

Whilst a lot of the window shutters I saw in Italy seemed to be modern replacements, there were still the occassional original ones too. I loved the contrast here between the bright paint but worn appearance.

Beyond Repair
       
     
Beyond Repair

This barn has seen better days! The contrast between the lush green grass and bright orange rust couldn't be greater.

Hale Park
       
     
Hale Park

The New Forest has plenty of country houses, this one was built in 1715.

Steam Car Controls
       
     
Steam Car Controls

This steam car has been restored to its former glory. As you'd imagine, it's not a simple thing to drive - what you can see in the photo is only a fraction of the controls!

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Gauge

This particular gauge was found on a dynamo attached to a waterwheel.

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Victorian Era Carriage - Door Detail

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway painstakingly restores many Victorian era railway carriages - returning them to their former glory, often from decayed and rotten hulks.

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Isle of Wight Steam Railway

The effort and attention to detail gone into restoring the I.O.W steam railway is impressive. From semaphore signals to fire buckets, enamel signs to period details - it's all there.

Burnt Power
       
     
Burnt Power

Here we see the burnt out remains of a beach hut at Calshot, with the Fawley Power Station looming large through the carcass.

Hythe Pier
       
     
Hythe Pier

Jutting out into the Solent to connect with the Hythe Ferry, the pier is served by an electrified 2ft narrow gauge railway. It has the claim to fame of being the oldest continously operated public pier railway in the world!

Fawley Power Staion - View 2
       
     
Fawley Power Staion - View 2

Another study in black and white. Despite being an eyesore in many peoples eyes, the power station is still an impressive building.

Fawley Power Station - View 3
       
     
Fawley Power Station - View 3

A final look at the power station helps to show just how large the main building is - the chimney being 198m tall. The interior of the circular control centre has been featured in many films.  It was taken out of commission in 2013, and the fate of the building is unknown.

Ribblehead Station
       
     
Ribblehead Station

Looking down the tracks as we cross the line on the board crossing, is this the prettiest backdrop for a railway station in the UK?

Riomaggiore
       
     
Riomaggiore

A staggering array of multicoloured houses smother the valley from the sea to the tops of the hills, clinging to each other and the natural rock.

"Aldgate" - (A model railway)
       
     
"Aldgate" - (A model railway)

On show at Narrow Gauge South (Sparsholt College) in 2016, this exquisite model featured buckets of atmosphere and period detail.

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Wedding Dinner Table
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