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Update 13th May 2020 : Lockdown restrictions in England were eased, with unlimited travel anywhere in England permitted, but with no overnight stays. I have almost 45,000 digital photographs from previous holidays so these, along with new, local photographs, are the only pictures that will be posted on this desktop wallpaper page until further notice.

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Open moorland, a few hundred yards from our home in Whitworth, Rossendale
Pine cones and needles - Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth, Rossendale
A friendly local, on the wild moors at Whitworth, Rossendale
Lone tree - Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth, Rossendale

'Staying local' at Whitworth, Rossendale, our home town - These four photographs were all taken on a walk round our local area, all within a few hundred yards of our home at Whitworth, a former Lancashire cotton mill town, within the South Pennines Heritage Area.
Picture 1 - Much of the moorland is wild and extensive. Rossendale has more public footpaths within its boundary than any other borough in the country and mountain bike magazines class the South Pennines as having some of the best riding in the country.
Picture 2 - Tree planting schemes are encouraging birds and wildlife to return to the area, and hiding the former landscape scars caused by excessive stone quarrying. Cowm Reservoir is a popular walk for local people along the levelled footpath that now encompasses the reservoir, owned by United Utilities.
Picture 3 - In the far distance is Brown Wardle hill, a local landmark. The 47 mile long Rossendale Way crosses over the summit of Brown Wardle Hill and the Pennine Bridleway (including the 42 mile long Mary Towneley Loop) attracts many horse riders.
Picture 4 - 'Lone tree' above Cowm Reservoir. Whitworth's water supply originally came from Cowm Reservoir until it became polluted in the 1970s. The former reservoir now provides water ski facilities and there are extensive tree planting schemes, including a Life for a Life Memorial Forest at Cowm Reservoir.

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Sunrise at Whatcroft Flash, Trent & Mersey Canal, Cheshire
Ducklings at Broken Cross, Rudheath, on the Trent and Mersey Canal - Cheshire
The River Weaver, Cheshire
Sunset at Whatcroft Flash, Trent & Mersey Canal, Cheshire

Trent & Mersey Canal & the River Weaver - These rural canal / river scenes are also available as downloadable jigsaws on my Nantwich Boat Club website where our Wilderness Beaver boat is moored. There are 16 jigsaws in total.
Picture 1 - Sunrise at Whatcroft Flash, between Middlewich and Anderton on the Trent & Mersey Canal. Oakwood Marina is now on the opposite bank to the towpath. It opened in August 2018. Within less than a mile are Park Farm Marina (opened 2016) and Orchard Marina, an established marina that opened in 1989.
Picture 2 - Ducklings at Broken Cross, Rudheath, on the Trent and Mersey Canal - Cheshire. The small village has a canalside pub called The Old Broken Cross. There is some mooring space for boaters who want to stop and have a meal or a drink, pending on when the current coronavirus situation ends and life gets back to normal.
Picture 3 - The River Weaver was originally used for the transportation of salt and was completed in 1732. Navigation runs from Winsford Bridge to Weston Marsh Lock where there are clear views of the River Mersey below. The navigation is 20 miles long with five locks, all manned. Canal boats can access the River Weaver via the Anderton Boat Lift, near Northwich. The boat lift is one of the 'Seven Wonders of the Waterways.
Picture 4 - Sunset at Whatcroft Flash on the Trent & Mersey Canal. The T&M was the country's first long-distance canal and was built by James Brindley to link the River Trent to the River Mersey. The canal opened in 1777 and runs for 93.5 miles, from the River Trent navigation at Derwent Mouth to Preston Brook in Cheshire, where it meets the Bridgewater Canal.

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Wallington Garden near Cambo in Northumberland
Fungi at Wallington Garden, a National Trust property in Northumberland
A lakeside walk to Wallington's walled garden
Autumn colours at Wallington Garden, 12 miles from Morpeth in Northumberland

Wallington is a National Trust owned country house and gardens located near the village of Cambo and about 12 miles from Morpeth in Northumberland. Wallington was bought in 1688 by Sir William Blackett, a wealthy Newcastle family of mine owners and shipping magnates. They purchased Wallington as a country retreat from the family's main home at Anderson Place in Newcastle. It is said that Sir William's son and heir employed six men simply to carry him and his drunken guests to bed after their grand parties. When the son died, he left debts of £77,000 and an illegitimate daughter, Elizabeth Ord. Wallington then passed to his nephew Walter Calverley on condition that Walter married the illegitimate Elizabeth and adopted the Blackett family name. Sir Walter Calverley Blackett had the house and gardens completely redesigned. The noted landscape gardener Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, born just two miles away from Wallington and educated at Cambo School, was involved in the recreation of Wallington. The estate and farms were donated to the National Trust in 1942. There are 100 acres of rolling parkland, ornamental lakes, lawns, and a recently refurbished walled garden.

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Lindisfarne Castle - the Holy Island of Lindisfarne
The Gertrude Jekyll Garden and Lindisfarne Castle
Lindisfarne Boat Sheds and Lindisfarne Castle
St. Cuthbert's Island viewed from Lindisfarne

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The ruins of Frith Hall, viewed from Long Garth Farm, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria
Tarn Hows, Lake District National Park, Cumbria
Sizergh Castle Gardens, Cumbria
Windermere viewed from the Brockhole Visitor Centre, Cumbria

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Clatteringshaws Loch - Dumfries and Galloway
Threave Garden, Castle Douglas - Dumfries and Galloway
The River Cree, Newton Stewart - Dumfries and Galloway
Thistles (village of Parton)  Dumfries and Galloway

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The National Botanic Garden of Wales -  the Great Glasshouse and fountain
Protea plants in the Great Glasshouse
Herbaceous borders (rhododendron - 'Pink Gin')
The Japanese Garden : National Botanic Garden of Wales

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Penrhyn Castle and native primroses
Tulips in the upper walled garden at Penrhyn Castle
Gunnera plants in the jungle like bog garden at Penrhyn Castle
Native bluebells - Penrhyn Castle

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Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Roker Beach Marina, Sunderland
The Penshaw Monument (The Earl of Durham's Monument)
Souter Lighthouse (Marsden : South Shields)

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Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth, Rossendale in the South Pennines
Nursery rhyme ".... two little ducks went swimming one day ... " Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth
A duck watching sheepdog at Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth
First signs of spring - Catkins at Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth

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Ennerdale Water - Cumbria
Wastwater-  Cumbria
Windermere - Wray Castle, Cumbria
Tarn Hows - Cumbria

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Gordon Rigg Garden Centre - Walsden, West Yorkshire
The Apothecary, Haworth - West Yorkshire
Selby Abbey - North Yorkshire
Howden Minster - East Riding of Yorkshire

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Horsey Windpump - Norfolk
Duke of Wellington Statue at Norwich Cathedral
Happisburgh Lighthouse
Wroxham - Norfolk
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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.

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