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I have recently returned from a Cruise and Walk holiday, (Magic of the Canaries ) working for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays around the Canary Islands, incuding Madeira, La Palma, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lisbon.

This image was taken from the stern of the MS Balmoral, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines as we approached Lisbon.

The 25th of April Bridge, is a suspension bridge connecting the city of Lisbon, capital of Portugal, to the municipality of Almada on the left (south) bank of the Tejo river. It was inaugurated on August 6, 1966 and a train platform was added in 1999. Because of its similar coloring, it is often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA. In fact, it was built by the same company (American Bridge Company) that constructed the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and not the Golden Gate, also explaining its similarity in design. With a total length of 2,277 m, it is the 20th largest suspension bridge in the world. The upper platform carries six car lanes, the lower platform two train tracks. Until 1974, the bridge was named Salazar Bridge (Ponte Salazar).

The fells of Easedale rise up to the north and west of the Vale of Grasmere. Easedale itself is a lush area of green farmland fields where a number of mountain streams meet to form the beautiful Easedale Beck, which soon joins with the River Rothay just north of Grasmere village.

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One of the best known features of Great Langdale are the Langdale Pikes, a group of peaks on the northern side of the dale. From below, they appear as a sharp rocky ridge, though they are only precipitous on their southern side; to the north, the land sweeps gently to High Raise, the parent peak of the range. The Pikes themselves include (from west to east) Pike of Stickle, Loft Crag, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark.

Stickle Tarn
Stickle Tarn is a small lake near Harrison Stickle in Lake District, England.The tarn was enlarged by the building of a stone dam in 1838 and is used to supply water for the inhabitants of Langdale.

Harrison Stickle
Harrison Stickle is the high point of the Langdale Pikes and its crags fall south and east from the summit, presenting an arresting view from the valley floor 2,000 ft below, or from further afield. To the north, the main ridge of the central fells passes over Thunacar Knott before climbing to High Raise. The craggy eastern face of this ridge continues north as far as Harrison’s near neighbour, Pavey Ark, visually the most impressive face in the area. The south western border of Harrison Stickle is formed by the deep ravine of Dungeon Ghyll, which cuts through the parapet of the Langdale Pikes and into the lower hinterland of Harrison Combe. Across the Ghyll westwards are Thorn Crag, Loft Crag and finally Pike of Stickle. Below the steep eastern face of Harrison Stickle lie Stickle Tarn and its Ghyll, thus ensuring that all drainage from the fell is to Great Langdale. The tarn is a water filled corrie about 50 ft deep, this being enhanced by a dam. The water is used for public consumption in Great Langdale.

Pavey Ark
Pavey Ark is 700 m (2,297 ft) high. The main face is a little over a quarter of a mile across and drops about 400 ft. To the south west it merges into the crags of Harrison Stickle, while the northern end peters out into the valley of Bright Beck. Stickle Tarn is wholly within the territory of the Ark, a corrie tarn which has been dammed to create additional capacity. The stone faced barage is low enough not to spoil the character of the pool, and the water is used for public consumption in the hotels and homes below. The tarn has a depth of around 50 ft.

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A circular walk starting at Little Town in the Newlands Valley and climbing up to High Spy then descending to the base of Dale Head then the climb to its summit and on to Robinson. Despite the slightly hazy weather the views were spectacular and the walk invigorating.

The first image shows a pre-sunrise glow over Derwent Water with the town of Keswick at it’s eastern end. The second image is of the spectacular Cairn which graces the summit of High Spy, the third image is the view looking back into Little Town from Robinson.

Easedale tarn lies in a high Lakeland valley and is about a two mile walk from Grasmere up a moderately easy path which follows the course of Sour Milk Ghyll. The hanging valley, in which Easdale Tarn lies, has the appearance of a crater, en-closed by steep hillsides that rise on the right to Tarn Crag and on the left, Castle How and Blea Rigg. The lake fills the vast hollow, draining water from the surrounding hills and releasing it at its narrow mouth into Sourmilk Ghyll. Around the lake lie grassy hillocks, piles of glacial debris left by the retreating ice as it melted some 20,000 years ago.

Eyemouth (historically spelt Aymouth; Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Eighe) is a small town and parish in Berwickshire, in the Scottish Borders. It is two miles east of the main north-south A1 road and just 8 miles north of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

The town’s name comes from its location at the mouth of the Eye Water. The Berwickshire coastline consists of high cliffs over deep clear water, with sandy coves and picturesque harbours. A fishing port, Eyemouth celebrates an annual Herring Queen Festival. Notable buildings in the town include Gunsgreen House and a cemetery watch house built to stand guard against the Resurrectionists (body snatchers). Many of the features of a traditional fishing village are preserved in the narrow streets and vennels – giving shelter from the sea and well suited to the smuggling tradition of old.

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Grasmere
The lakeshore of Grasmere is accessible by a lovely path around the south-western side. The lake attracts a range of waterfowl, including great crested grebes, coots, mallards, swans and red-breasted mergansers. Rowing boats are also available for hire at Faeryland near Red Bank.

Some classic fell walks can be enjoyed from Grasmere, including Helm Crag and the Fairfield Horseshoe, both giving fabulous views of the lake. Loughrigg Terrace, one of the best low level walks in the area, provides stunning views over the lake, across to Grasmere and towards Dunmail Raise. A gentler option is a riverside walk along the River Rothay from Broadgate Meadow to St Oswald’s Church. A level path from White Moss car park leads to the banks of the Rothay and is suitable for use by wheelchairs.

Rydal Water
Rydal Water is one of the smallest lakes in the Lake District yet remains very popular due to its famous literary connections. Wordsworth made his home at Rydal Mount and access to Dora’s Field, now owned by the National Trust, can be gained from its gardens, or from the churchyard. Wordsworth planted hundreds of daffodils in the field in memory of his daughter, who died in 1847. Steps lead up from the eastern end of the lake to Wordsworth’s Seat – reputedly the poet’s favourite viewpoint.

The Coffin Route from Rydal across Nab Scar was originally used to carry the deceased from Rydal and Ambleside for burial in Grasmere Church. Now a public footpath, the route provides fantastic views over Rydal Water. On the lake edge is Nab Cottage, once home to Thomas de Quincey and Hartley Coleridge, the son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

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