Where do you try and avoid on a Bank holiday weekend? Answer the Dales. So that is exactly where I set off to yesterday with Mark Banks to find the wildflower meadows. I keep being told not to go to places with preconceived ideas of images, so you will be pleased to know that I came back with images of garlic, nettles and rust (all uploaded) and not a single buttercup image. I did allow myself the pleasure of a waterfall. 5290501 Beechwood MB


1966 family holiday to the Isle of Skye. Single track road all the way. Ferry to Kyleakin. Heatwave. Mesmerised by the Cuillins and Loch Coruisk.

2016 returned with camera and Mark Banks Photography. Great roads. Bridge from Kyle of Lochalsh. Clear blue skies. Still mesmerised by the Cuillins. 

For as long as I can remember, all my family holidays involved climbing hills and mountains in the UK. I now look back and realise how fortunate I was that my parents had the courage and foresight to take a child into the heart of the Cuillins and Quiraing on the Isle of Skye, Glen Coe and the Western Highlands, to name but a few regions. It is great that 50 years later I am visiting them again in a little more luxury ie: water proof clothing, gortex boots, 4 wheel drive car and B&Bs. Closer to home the North Yorkshire Moors, Yorkshire Dales and Lake District provided excellent walking opportunities.