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Accomodation Birding Boating Gardening Heritage Lancashire Photography Tourism Whitworth Wildlife
Accommodation
Lochfield Farm in rural East Ayshire was the birthplace of Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin. The farm is run by Phil and Heather Scott and has two, modernised, self catering cottages for hire, both with free wi-fi. This is a cosy, scenic and tranquil retreat, four miles from the town of Darvel. We visited here in May 2017.
Bryncalled Barns have been lovingly restored by Sam and June Hornsby. We stayed here in February 2010 and can highly recommend them as well equipped holiday cottages in rural Shropshire, close to the village of Bucknell.
Hindle Pastures - Whitworth. Close to Rochdale and Healey Dell Nature Reserve. Only 15 minutes from J20 of the M62 and 20 minutes from the M66. An elevated, peaceful location with stunning views.
Birding
Elizabeth & Malcolm Bigg and their bird boxes. This Surrey garden is also home to frogs and has visiting foxes and hedgehogs.
Nature Watch - Nest box and garden feeder 'cams' with live footage. Includes a message board and the opportunity to sign up for a regular newsletter.
Wild in Rossendale - Birding and wildlife in a Rossendale garden .... and beyond.
HANDYKAM sell a range of high quality camera products for many wildlife and commercial applications. Read a review of their camera on my website
Boating
Wilderness Boats - Designers & builders of the original Wilderness Trailboats.
Second hand boat sales and servicing via Ian Graham, the very approachable and helpful proprietor.
Wilderness Boat Owners' Club The official web site for information about these trailable boats.
NBCYC Nantwich & Border Counties Yacht Club. Canal boat club on the Shropshire Union Canal, Nantwich, Cheshire
The Boating and Waterways section of an extensive website that also covers creating a Garden Pond, Aquariums, Model Railways and Steam Engines. Visit the Home Page to see all the sections.
The Boats of the Norfolk Broads. A database of over 40,000 boats collated over the last 40 years by Craig Slawson. Also visit Craig's Horning village web site.
Ron's Boats - a fine collection of model boats built by Ronald Wem, a retired design engineer.
Broadland Memories - An archive of the golden era of boating on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.
BroadsNet is a very comprehensive cruising guide to the Norfolk Broads, illustrated with maps and photographs.
Norfolk-Broads.org - Photographs of the Norfolk Broads, virtual tour maps, plus 4 'sub-webs'. Masses of information!
Gardening
Flowerpotman - Landscape gardeners based in the south west of England. Services including paving, leveling slopes, landscape layout for disabled gardeners, patios and ponds.
Arena Flowers 'The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Bees'. A very comprehensive UK based website with 9 sections that covers all aspects of beekeeping, from the history of beekeeping to setting up your own hive and collecting and selling the honey.
Heritage
Brits at their Best describes the superb achievements and the extraordinary lives of people from an extraordinary nation. See also Catherine and David's book - Share the Inheritance.
Discover Your History - The magazine features - 'social history and heritage - such as our ancestors, childhood memories, military history, British culinary traditions, transport history, our rural and industrial past , health, houses, fashions, pastimes and leisure ... and much more.'
Anglotopia, a site for people who love Britain, by Jonathan & Jackie Thomas from Valparaiso, Indiana.
Lancashire
Keep Whitworth Tidy (Facebook page) - A group of like minded volunteers whose aim is to tidy up areas of Whitworth on a regular basis with litter picks. New helpers, including families, are always welcome.
AB Digital Photography Services will restore and improve old, damaged or poor quality digital or traditional photographs and can create special effects to customers' requirements.
Wild in Rossendale - Birding and wildlife in a Rossendale garden .... and beyond.
Links to Lancashire related websites Lancashire Link List
Lancashire and Yorkshire links from a web designer now living in Mexico! The site also features links to the Catterall family.
Photography
Bills Dobson's Photos of Yorkshire show the beauty of Britain's largest county. You can view Bill's Flckr photo album via this link.
Bill Ward Photography Actor Bill Ward is probably best known for playing the builder Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street and James Barton in Emmerdale; but he has also done extensive film and theatre work. Perhaps less well know is his interest in photography. Check out Bill's versatility as a photographer via his galleries.
Yorkshire Waterfalls In the beginning, God created Yorkshire!It's Andy's aim to capture as many of Yorkshire's waterfalls and post them on his ever developing blog. Apart from the excellent photographs the site includes location maps, walking routes and parking spots. A very useful resource. Andy also has more than 1,000 photographs for viewing on his Flickr page.
Yorkshire Guide is an extensive website with many pictures and very useful tourism information for anyone travelling to this beautiful part of Britain.
Beautiful England Photos - A display of photographs depicting and celebrating the beauty of England's diverse landscape and countryside.
Somerset Towns and Villages - An ever increasing collection of photographs that have been collated over many years. View the quintessential Englishness of the photographer's home county.
Landscape photography (with an emphasis on the beautiful North West of England), by freelance photographer Dave Lawrance.
Boots & Paws - Places to visit, walks and digital photographs, many of which can be used as desktop wallpaper. Regularly updated.
AB Digital Photography Services will restore and improve old, damaged or poor quality digital or traditional photographs and can create special effects to customers' requirements.
Northern Landscape - Free Lake District and Yorkshire Dales desktop wallpaper and screensavers.
Tourism
Yorkshire Guide is an extensive website with many pictures and very useful tourism information for anyone travelling to this beautiful part of Britain.
Somerset Towns and Villages - An ever increasing collection of photographs that have been collated over many years. View the quintessential Englishness of the photographer's home county.
Wonderful Whitby - An informative website, outlining all that's best about this historic town and the surrounding coast and moors.
Haworth Village - A history of Haworth and the Brontes, plus events, walks, wildlife, steam trains ... and much more!
Classic Car Hire North. Hire stunning, self drive classic cars and modern classic sports cars from one of two Yorkshire bases, Keighley (near Skipton), and Meanwood (North Leeds). Ideally placed for touring the nearby Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District, North York Moors or the Yorkshire Coast.
Clues To Go - Ready-prepared treasure hunts throughout the U.K.
Snap the Peaks - Walking in the Peak District, illustrated with Ordnance Survey maps, detailed routes and photographs.
Aspects of Exmoor Free photographs to download for wallpaper or for private use, plus a series of local walks and views of the heritage West Somerset Railway. Information is updated at regular intervals.
Whitworth
Keep Whitworth Tidy (Facebook page) - A group of like minded volunteers whose aim is to tidy up areas of Whitworth on a regular basis with litter picks. New helpers, including families, are always welcome.
Whitworth Leisure Centre - Swimming Baths & Fitness Centre
Whitworth Historical Society, founded in 1973 and located at the Whitworth Museum on North Street, Whitworth. The Society welcomes any artifacts or photographs relating to the area and has a monthly, wintwer lecture programme.
WhitworthValley.com - A very extensive site covering all aspects of life in Whitworth, with photographs of both historical and modern events. Spot yourself in one of these photo archives!
AB Digital Photography Services will restore and improve old, damaged or poor quality digital or traditional photographs and can create special effects to customers' requirements.
Wild in Rossendale - Birding and wildlife in a Rossendale garden .... and beyond.
Wildlife
Wildlife Trackers The challenge is to spot and identify the wildlife around you. Move through bronze, silver and gold awards to platinum. Wildlife tips here
Lancashire Badger Group - Dedicated to the conservation and enjoyment of badgers.
Flowerpotman - Landscape gardeners based in the south west of England. Services including ponds and advice on how to create a wildflower lawn and mini hay meadow. Or, if desired, let them create one for you.
Help the UK Phenology Network and the Woodland Trust record the timing of the seasons and better understand the impact of climate change.
The Trap Man - UK manufacturers & suppliers of humane cage traps including humane mouse traps. See also this page of my website.
Wildlife & Countryside Services provide a wide range of services on a wildlife, nature, countryside & gardening theme.
The World Land Trust is a conservation charity that has helped purchase and protect rainforest and other threatened wildlife habitats worldwide.

About Beautiful Britain

The Beautiful Britain website has been a hobby since 2001. That makes it almost as old as Google! BB does not generate any revenue and no longer creates links to commercial websites. The pictures are all from our many short break holidays here in Britain.

Why is this website changing?

60% of Internet traffic is now on mobile devices (2017). In the months ahead I hope to convert the most viewed pages of this this web site to a 'mobile friendly' format. If they do not display correctly, please let me know.

What's next?

Proposals include
(1) On This Day crossword
(2) Daily non-surprise jigsaws
(3) Daily HD widescreen wallpaper
(4) Full screen 'four seasons slide show'

No time-scale for implementation!

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