Inside the Outside: Beautiful Britain

While it was hot in London and rainy in Scotland (which we appreciated after drought-stricken Texas), it was mostly pleasant weather throughout our four weeks in the UK.

In addition to seeing art and historical museums, visiting family and seeing shows, we walked and hiked many miles, both in the cities and near Scottish and English lakes and rivers. Our journey ’round Britain began and ended in London.

First shot of the trip

First shot of the trip

Swans beating the heat in the Serpentine in Hyde Park. (We were not so lucky)

Swans beating the heat in the Serpentine in Hyde Park. (Humans were not so lucky)

With my patron saint, St. George

With my patron saint, St. George

Near Hyde Park

Near Hyde Park

Big Ben from Thames

Big Ben from Thames

Thames Embankment

Thames Embankment

 

 

 

In Whitby, the 199 steps up to the church and abbey count as a hike.

Whitby harbor

Whitby harbor

Whitby

Whitby

3SA Gary on bridge

Famous bridge on the old course

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary wanted to see golf’s holy land, St. Andrews, where we chatted with players and coaches from the Texas A&M women’s golf team, and saw a familiar sign in a window.

The Old Course at St.  Andrews

The Old Course at St. Andrews

Baylor sign in St. Andrews

Baylor sign in St. Andrews

Despite some rainy days, we enjoyed outdoor time in Edinburgh, especially the Botanic Gardens, with spectacular views of the city.

View of Edinburgh from botanic gardens

View of Edinburgh from botanic gardens

Edinburgh botanic garden

Edinburgh botanic garden

Andy Goldsworthy sculpture, Edinburgh botanic gardens

Andy Goldsworthy sculpture, Edinburgh botanic gardens

 

The River Ness in Inverness provided gorgeous walks and views.

River walk, Inverness

River walk, Inverness

River Ness, Inverness

River Ness

River walk, Inverness

River walk, Inverness

 

 

 

 

 

 

We spent our days in the Lake District outdoors, including a thrilling hike up Cat Bells, a not-very-tall, but challenging, climb in chilly wind and rain. We stayed in Keswick, near Derwentwater, and bused around the district to Windermere, Bowness and Grasmere.

Keswick

Keswick

River through Keswick

River through Keswick

Sculpture near Derwentwater

Sculpture near Derwentwater

Derwentwater

Derwentwater

View climbing Cat Bells

Lake Windemere at Bowness

Lake Windermere at Bowness

Woodland glade near lake Derwentwater

Woodland glade near lake Derwentwater

Ground rainbow above Derwentwater

Ground rainbow above Derwentwater

Summitting Cat Bells!

Summitting Cat Bells!

River through Grasmere, near Wordsworth's home

River through Grasmere, near Wordsworth’s home

Ascent of Cat Bells

Ascent of Cat Bells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Bath, we lucked into Henrietta Park, and hidden inside is a beautiful and meditative spot, the King George V memorial garden.

Bath George V garden

Newmarket and Cambridge provided pleasant walks, and a respite along the River Cam.

Gary beside the Cam

Gary beside the Cam

Newmarket celebrates its racing heritage.

Newmarket celebrates its racing heritage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winding up in London, where it was cooler and even a bit rainy, we enjoyed Trafalgar Square and a walk around Westminster to see the Houses of Parliament.

National Gallery seen from Trafalgar Square

National Gallery seen from Trafalgar Square

With rooster at Trafalgar Square

With rooster at Trafalgar Square

Throngs near Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square

Throngs near Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square

Gary on Tower Bridge

Gary on Tower Bridge

Oliver Cromwell at Parliament

Oliver Cromwell at Parliament

Tower Bridge closeup

Tower Bridge from London Bridge at sunset

Tower Bridge from London Bridge at sunset

Parliament on a rainy evening

Parliament on a rainy evening

The Shard as the sun goes down

The Shard as the sun goes down

World War II Women's Memorial

World War II Women’s Memorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: This post marks my second “blogoversary.”  I am very frustrated with WordPress’ layout function and I apologize for the clunkiness of some of the photo layouts. After the holidays I plan to reformat my blog with another theme, and do some tutorials to improve the layouts. If you’ve read this far, thanks, and please come back!

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2 responses to “Inside the Outside: Beautiful Britain”

  1. afsheenanjum says :

    Good to see you again with a huge number of pictures 🙂 I was missing a post from your side. 🙂

  2. wigginswordsandimages says :

    Thank you! There will be one more post on the UK trip–kind of an overview and impressions, but not quite so many photos. Hope that’s not a 😦

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