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N 7 B 119 C 2 E Oct 17, 2021 F Jan 30, 2023
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This was taken from Widegates, a couple of miles north of the south-east coast of Cornwall, and looks north towards Caradon Hill, with the TV transmitter tower. This is rich farmland, but at Caradon Hill, everything changes and it becomes the Caradon Mining Area. This extends onto Bodmin Moor, which can just be seen to the left of Caradon Hill.

This was a boom area for copper mining in the second half of the 19th century, and several of the villages that can be seen were built then in order to provide housing for the miners and their families. The mining boom mostly came to an end by the late 1800s, although several mines struggled on for a few more years.

More information can be found at: www.cornishmining.org.uk/areas/caradon-mining-district.

Tags:   Cornwall countryside Caradon Hill farmland SE Cornwall farms landscapes

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Horse-riding is a very popular activity where we live in Northamptonshire, and there are numerous stables where people can either keep or rent horses. Our little Yorkie seems to take exception to anything not on two legs or four wheels, so the moment we saw the horses heading our way we shortened her lead and kept her well out of the way until they had walked past. This was taken on the Cottesebrooke Estate, a few miles north of Northampton, where the country roads are gated so sheep and cattle can graze in complete safety.

Tags:   Northamptonshire Cottesbrooke Estate horses riders horse-riding countryside country roads gated roads

N 17 B 273 C 8 E Oct 7, 2021 F Jan 29, 2023
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Fellow members of NATO frequently send their warships to visit other "friendly" ports, and over the years I've seen many entering Plymouth Sound on their way to visit our large naval base at Devonport.

This is the Dutch anti-aircraft frigate HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën (F802), which is the first ship of the De Zeven Provinciën-class air defence and command frigates in service with the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN). There are three other ships in this class. De Zeven Provinciën is the eighth ship in the Royal Netherlands Navy to carry this name.

Her design incorporates stealth technology, as well as advanced radars of Dutch design such as SMART-L and APAR. De Zeven Provinciën carries the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) and the SM-2 Block IIIA missile systems. The primary sensor used to guide these missile systems is APAR. In May, 2021 during At Sea Demonstration/Formidable Shield 2021 De Zeven Provinciën detected and tracked a ballistic missile with SMART-L radar and relayed the target information to USS Paul Ignatius. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer then intercepted and destroyed the ballistic missile with a SM-3 surface-to-air missile.

For further technical details please see: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HNLMS_De_Zeven_Provinci%C3%ABn_(F802).

Tags:   Devon Plymouth Sound Dutch warship F802

N 27 B 378 C 12 E Oct 3, 2021 F Jan 29, 2023
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This beautiful Tudor building on the waterfront in Plymouth is one of several in the city where it is believed that a group of Pilgrims spent their last night ashore in September 1620 before embarking in the Mayflower for the New World. A list of those who travelled in the ship can be seen on the side of the Grade II-listed building, which is thought to date from the late 1500s. It was slightly extended in the following century.

Tags:   Devon Plymouth The Barbican waterfront Island House Mayflower Pilgrims

N 55 B 531 C 30 E Sep 11, 2021 F Jan 29, 2023
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The River Tamar is navigable to boats past Calstock some three miles upstream to Morwellham Quay. The Tamar marks the boundary between Cornwall and Devon with Calstock on the Cornish bank on the right. The village is one of Cornwall's hidden gems.

Calstock Quay was once important for handling and transporting goods. In the Victorian era steamers also brought tourists to the village and Calstock was visited by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1846. But now the last shop in the village has closed although it retains three pubs, a teashop and a wonderful ice cream parlour. Sitting on a steep hillside overlooking the Tamar, its narrow streets are full of beautiful old buildings with no fewer than 127 listed buildings in the parish of Calstock.

The railway viaduct was built between 1904 and 1907 and carries the picturesque Tamar Valley Line, which runs from Gunnislake to Plymouth.


Tags:   Cornwall Calstock River Tamar Calstock Viaduct villages rivers


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