Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Ibiza Wall Lizard. (Podarcis Pityusensis)


The Ibiza Wall Lizard ( Podarcis Pityusensis ) is a species of lizard that is found on the Balearic islands of Ibiza and Formentera, some parts of mainland Spain, and has been introduced to Mallorca. It is normally found in coastal areas and vegetated areas. The lizard grows to approx. 7cm in length and it's colour is mainly green but can also be grey or brown. The Ibiza Wall Lizard feeds on ants and vegetation.
These pictures were taken in and around the town of Portimatx on the northern coast of Ibiza.

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

St James The Great Church, Hebden Bridge.

The St James the Great church is an Anglican place of worship that serves the community of Hebden Bridge. The church is situated at Church Lane, HX7 6DS.
The church has grade II listed statues and was designed by Pickersgill and Oates of York. The Church was built under the million pound act which was passed in 1820 to help build churches in fast developing towns. The cost was approx. £2700 and the church was consecrated in October 1833.


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Saturday, 18 October 2014

St Marys Roman Catholic Church, Gibbet Street, Halifax.

St Marys Roman Catholic Church sits on the corner of Gibbet Street and Clarence Street in the town of Halifax, West Yorkshire. The foundation stone was laid in 1834 by Fr Joseph Wright-Fairclough and the church opened in 1839. The church was badly damaged by a storm in 1861 and was restored by general subscription, It was after the first world war that the church was built to its current standing.  The church was built for the largely Irish immigrant population and was consecrated in 1934 when it was free from debt.
The church is still open for worship today.

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Cova de Can Marca, Puerto de San Miguel, Ibiza.


Situated in the rocks over looking the bay of the Puerto San Miguel, Ibiza is the Cova de Can Marca, a natural cave system that once was home to smugglers but now is a tourist attraction.
The entrance offers extended views of the Puerto San Miguel and the island of Murada. The entrance is approx. half way down the cliffs and is reached by steps that have been cut out of the rocks to allow access. The cave tours are guided and cater for German, English, Spanish, and Italian tourist with each group entering separately with there guide who explains in there native language. The tour takes approx. 45mins and if I had 1 complaint it was it felt a little rushed. The entrance fee when I visited was 10.50 euros and it was worth it.
The cave is over 100,000 years old and it was in the 1970's when Belgian Jean-Pierre Van der Abeelle arrived in San Miguel that he searched for the cave entrance and exit and with help from the villages helped develop the caves into a tourist attraction. In my opinion the cave is not suitable for people who struggle walking or young children.
 Looking down the entrance steps.

The steps up from the cave exit.

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Sunday, 5 October 2014

A Walk From Eastwood to Hebden Bridge Along the Rochdale Canal Tow Path.

This stretch of the Rochdale Canal covers a distance of approx. 2.5 miles and took about an hour to walk. Along this section I started at 14 Holmcoat Lock no. 14, Eastwood, Nr Todmorden and finished at Stubbing Upper Lock 11, Hebden Bridge passing through 4 bridges along the route. The finishing point was alongside the Stubbing Wharf Pub.
Have a look at my previous post, for a little on the history of the canal and pictures taken along the canal from Littleborough to Sowerby Bridge.
 Bridge 23 in front of Holmcoat Lock 14.
 Bridge 22.

 Callis Lock 13.

 Callis Lock 13.
 Bridge 21.
 Bridge 19.
Stubbing Upper Lock 11.
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Saturday, 4 October 2014

Mytholmroyd to Luddenden Foot, A Rochdale Canal Towpath Walk.

This final post on my recent walk along the Rochdale Canal covers the section from Mytholmroyd to Luddenden Foot. These pictures were taken on the 7th June 2014.
This section of the Rochdale Canal is approx. 1.5 miles long and takes about 45mins to walk from bridge 10 the A646 Burnley Road Bridge to Bridge 6 Station Road. The canal towpath is quite accessible and you pass through 3 bridges and you pass both of the Brearley locks on this section of the canal.
I have previous post on my walk along the Rochdale Canal from Littleborough to Sowerby Bridge and a post on the history of the canal.
 Bridge 10 Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd.
 Bridge 9, Moderna Way.
 Horses alongside the canal.

 The Towpath at Brearley Nr Bridge 8.
 Lock 5 Brearley Lower..
Water Overflow Nr Luddenden Foot.

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

A Walk Along The Rochdale Canal. Hebden Bridge to Mytholmroyd.

In addition to my previous post's about the history of, and my walk along the Rochdale Canal Yorkshire section is the section covering Hebden Bridge to Mytholmroyd.
This post covers approx. 2 miles of the canal from Stubbing Upper Lock 11 at Hebden Bridge to Bridge 10 Burnley Road at Mytholmroyd. This section is accessible by walkers of all ages and abilities although you do need to cross the busy A646 Burnley Road Nr the former Walkley Clog Factory. You will pass locks 11 to 7 and under or by bridges 18 through to 10. It takes approx. 45 min to 1 hour to walk along the Rochdale Canal at this point.
 Stubbing Upper Lock 11.
 Bridge 18.
 Taken from the aqueduct that crossers Hebden Water is lock 9 Blackpit.

 Hebden Bridge Wharf.
 Bridge 15.
 Bridge 14. This is where you have to cross Burnley Road whilst boats continue through the tunnel.
Bridge 10 which carries Burnley Road over the Canal.

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