In Pictures: Preston Caribbean Carnival

It’s annual tradition that has been taking place in Preston for over 40 years and this year we even experienced some Caribbean style weather to accompany this fantastic event.

This post is all about the photographs but a big thank you to all those who work so hard to arrange the event and make some superb costumes.  Here are the pictures. Click on any pictures to enter the slideshow view.


Photos from Whitby

I’ve been a bit remiss with my blog posts recently.  I really need to catch up a bit and so here are a few photos I took on a recent visit to Whitby.

It’s a great little town on the Yorkshire coast with plenty to explore from the sea views to the narrow streets and then of course there is also the historic Whitby Abbey.

There’s a good vibe around town and it gets busy at weekends but it’s a place I would definitely return to again.

Here are the pics…



Colourful beach huts


Fun on the beach


The wooden boardwalk along the pier


Chef on a break


199 steps to the Abbey


Signing the Visitor book at St Mary’s Church

48 hours in York

This was our third visit to York this year so it’s fair to say that this is a city that we really enjoy spending time in. We know our way around much better now and the pressure to do all the tourist sites was off. So, no visit around the inside of York Minster this time and no trip to the Railway Museum or York Castle Museum.

As the weather was better this time too,  we spent a bit more time outside. We did a short part of the City walls and spent time in York Museum gardens which looked fabulous with all the tulips in bloom. We also walked along the River Ouse for a couple of miles.

We still had to do a bit of shopping, from the oldest shopping street in Europe, the Shambles, to the more modern shopping areas and large department stores.

History is everywhere and it’s easy to see why York is such a tourist hot spot. We’ll be back again before too long. Here are a few photos from this latest visit…

St Mary's Abbey Walls stand in the York Museum Gardens

The ruin of St Mary’s Abbey

View along the ancient cobbles of Chapter House Street towards York Minster.

Looking towards York Minster


York Minster


St Mary’s Abbey

Statues on display inside York Museum

York Museum


The Shambles

The narrow shopping streets in York City Centre

Old buildings and narrow streets


Rowntree Wharf


Millennium Bridge

Colourful Tulips flowering in Spring

Tulips display

Grey Squirrel sat on stone eating

Grey Squirrel sat on stone eating in York Museum Gardens

A couple of days in Southport

Well, that made a nice change! Two days away on the coast at Southport and it was sunny. I was starting to think we’d never see the sun again but it looks like Spring has finally arrived.

I always think of Southport as being in Lancashire but it’s actually part of Merseyside and there are plenty of Scouse accents about to remind you that it’s not far to Liverpool from here. Southport has the feel of a slightly upmarket resort. That may be the wide streets and impressive buildings or it could be the well kept gardens and Victorian shelters along the promenade. Either way it’s a nice town to visit.

The beach at low tide is huge but it’s not the prettiest of beaches. One of the town’s most popular tourist spots is the pier. Opened in August 1860, it is the oldest iron pier in the country. It’s also impressively long. At 1,108m it the second-longest in the UK, after Southend Pier.

This wasn’t really a photographic trip but I’ve included a few photographs below from out short visit.

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A visit to Ingleton Falls

Last week we spent a couple of days in North Yorkshire, visiting the spectacular Ingleton Falls.  It’s a few years since I was last there and not much as changed. You still have to pay to walk the countryside trail, something that doesn’t go down well with a lot of people but at least the money helps maintain the paths. At £6 each, it is a bit ‘steep’ though.

We stayed at Thornbrook Farm campsite which proved to be an excellent choice. A short stroll from Ingleton and an even shorter stroll to a large farm shop and a great local pub. The facilities on site are also excellent with one of the cleanest shower blocks I’ve ever seen plus underfloor heating too!

The local pub is The Marton Arms at Thornton in Lonsdale.  The staff were really friendly, the food was good and there was a good choice of beers on tap too. Easy to see why, even on a cold mid-week night, it was a popular location.

Back to the Falls themselves and we didn’t visit on the best of days. It was cold, very windy and muddy but, it was still an enjoyable walk. We chatted, on the way round, to an avid walker who was originally from Yorkshire but who now lives in Australia. He was reminiscing about the last time he was here, when he worked as a gamekeeper in the area. He has walked trails all around the world but the icy winds and driving rain earlier that week had forced him to abandon his planned walk. I could relate to that as we walked over the tops on the North Yorkshire fells, the wind driving you back and the icy spots of rain stinging the cheeks. The walk itself took us about two and a half hours in total and there is a cafe hut half way round with toilet facilities

As some point I’d like to return to Ingleton and spend more time photographing the falls.

Here are a few pictures from our visit.

Ingleton Falls in North Yorkshire

Ingleton Falls

Thornton Force, the largest of the waterfalls on the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

Thornton Force


The Marton Arms

St Oswald's Church at Thornton in Lonsdale

St Oswald’s at Thornton in Lonsdale


North Yorkshire Countryside


Defeat for PNE Ladies in final game

Preston North End Ladies suffored a disappointing 3-0 defeat in their final game of the season against Carlisle Ladies.  There was an inevitability about the result today, as Preston only managed to field nine players but even so, the performance was a bit lack-lustre.

Carlisle struggled for a while but went into the break one goal to the good. Two second half goals sealed it for them.   Not much else to say really – the season just petered out.

Here are the photos from the game…


PNE Ladies take on top of the league Penrith

Preston North End Ladies have been in good form recently, winning their last three games and moving away from the foot of the table. Today’s visitors Penrith AFC Ladies have also been going great guns and are unbeaten this season – something had to give down at the UCLan arena.

The match proved to be a fantastic game of football, both sides 100 percent committed to the cause.  It was a game of contrasting styles. Preston playing a really good passing game while Penrith relied heavily on the long ball game. It’s a tactic that works well for them and it was Penrith who broke the deadlock against the run of play.

Preston had been playing the better football and they continued to do so, equalising with a shot from the edge of the box before half time. It was richly deserved.

The second half continued as the first. Penrith continued to work hard and got a second to take the lead, again somewhat against the run of play.  Preston continued to push forward, never giving up but Penrith extended their lead and made it three with the last kick of the game.

Well done to both teams on a great game of football. Preston played the better football and deserved to get something from the game but it was Penrith who stole the points, continuing their unbeaten run.