Of Wanderings and Explorations

This all started as a simple personal home page that then gained a photo gallery in a time when such things were not common on the web. There was a travel directory too and that is now a sort of travelogue. Lastly, there is a blog celebrating what has delighted me while walking or cycling through alluring and soothing countryside.

My interests have changed all the while too. Over time, my photography became more serious and hillwalking followed on from plain strolling. The photo gallery and the blog developed with them. Destinations all over Britain and Ireland have offered inspiration and delight. There were occasional forays to the Isle of Man too and a more recent life change has opened up the prospect of overseas travel. Photos from trips to Sweden, Iceland and Switzerland have appeared in the gallery and pondering those escapades is expanding the travel section. Still, neither do I have any wish to ignore the appeal of the places that I have wandered for so long and those explorations should continue too.

As ever, changes are likely to continue so I hope that you have enjoyed what you seen so far. Might it inspire you to do some exploring of your own? Only you can answer that...

Photo Gallery

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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. There are now numerous albums showing delightful scenes from Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Iceland and Switzerland.

My foreign wanderings may increase but I want to continue the mix of urban and rural scenes here. Neither do I want to neglect the home countries of Britain and Ireland after all the pleasure gained from excursions through alluring countryside as well as to savour pleasing towns and cities. There is more to savour here too.

Countryside Wanderings

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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.

Travel Jottings

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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.