Part 2 Hilbre Islands: A Uninhabited Island Near Liverpool

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After my dramatic failed attempt of reaching this Island, I can happily announce I successfully made it over two weeks later.

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It was a glorious sunny week and about to get even warmer as we approached the weekend. I figured if it was sunny there would be a fair chance of other people taking walks out to Hilbre Islands, so I booked my trains for the very next day.

I was absolutely right! I arrived at West Kirby beach at 10.45am as the tide was coming in much later than last time. I was confident, very well equipped and a lot more organised than last time. Nothing whatsoever was going to stop me. Walking out to sea, I could see other people walking out and I could also see the coast guard’s vehicle sitting on Little Eye Island as I approached. It felt much safer than last time.

I had already experienced Little Eye, so didn’t stop here and headed straight over to Middle Eye.

Middle Eye

Middle Eye is a small Uninhabited tidal island located to the South of Hilbre Island.

Over on this Island there are interesting rock strata, caves and seasonal flowers. Many rock pools to explore with lots of crabs, shrimps and tiny fish to find hiding in the shadows.

The rock formations and the views from this island are just surreal.

….And I finally made it to Hilbre Island!

At last, I finally made it to Hilbre Island after weeks of hesitation, fear of crossing because of the lack of being unable to swim and one failed attempt. Don’t you just love it when you conquer something you were so fearful of? This felt like a victory for me. πŸ˜‚

What’s on the Island, things to see and facilities

Houses

There are a few cute houses here, however as I have mentioned I’m my last blog. Nobody has lived here permanently since 2012. However, some of the houses are privately owned.

The last person to live here permanently was a Wirral Council Warden, but since January 2012 it was announced there will be no permanent residents here. This was after the Wirral Council struggled to find a ranger willing to live without electricity or water supply. The rangers now visit on a daily basis.

Could you live here without energy or water supplies?

The Hilbre Bird Observatory

One of the most interesting buildings here is the bird observatory. This is where birds are monitored for the recordings of a national network of observatories. And as a place of nature reserve, you bet you will spot some of the more unique birds.

The Old life boat station and slip way

The old life boat station was built in 1839 and remained in service until 1939 after being abandoned.

It was built here along with a long slipway so the life boats could be used even if the tide was low. But it was abandoned for the tractor that towed the boats across instead.

Enjoy the panoramic views

Enjoy the panoramic views where you can look out to The River Dee Estuary, the mountains of North Wales and the Wirral Coast line.

The views here are breathtaking! You’ll be glad you took the walk out.

Spot the grey Seals

The island has a colony of grey seals. Apparently the best place to spot then is behind the old life boat station. I didn’t know this until I had left the island and unfortunately didn’t get to see any.

Bird watching

The island is a prime spot for bird watching. There is an array of different birds all throughout the year. They fall into four groups estuary birds, sea birds, migrating birds and breeding birds.

Facilities

There is a little seating area with a shelter on the island as well as two toilets

If you would like to know more advice and tips on visiting the island stay tuned for my next up and coming post.

Thank you for visiting my blog today

Stay blessed β€πŸ™πŸΎ

Haworth: One of the most instagramable fairytale villages

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Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all have a fantastic holiday, blessings to you and all your families β›„πŸŽ„πŸŽ. I thought I’d save this introduction of this beautiful place for the Christmas week, because like Christmas it brings such a magical and fairytale vibe.

Haworth is a little village in the city of Bradford. It was home to the famous BrontΓ« sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne who were the writers of classical books such as Jayne Eyre, Agnes Grey, The tenant Of Wildfell Hall and Wuthering Heights. It is also the filming location of The Railway Children A film from 1970, tho admittedly I’m not very familiar with and still have not got round to watching.

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If you have been following my blog you may have read my blog Hebden Bridge: One of the most prettiest towns in Europe well, Haworth is only 20-minutes by car or a 30-minute bus ride away. I would definitely recommend visiting both places for a perfect day out.

I felt like I had just stepped into a fairytale book

I had been wanting to visit here for quite sometime after looking at various pictures on Instagram, thinking how fairytale like it looked and how I’d love to visit. And now I was finally here feeling completely mesmerised at how much it really did resemble the pages of a story book.

The main cobbled street was filled with the cutest independent shops, pubs and houses all with their own unique touches. It was one of those experiences where I truly felt like I had just stepped back in time.

How cute are these houses?

There are so many cute homes here, I wanted to photograph many of them, but that was too extreme so here are just a few.

The pubs and and a not so pretty sight. She put a stop to my fairytale mode! πŸ€£πŸ™ˆ

Haworth has some lovely pubs to experience, the one I chose to go in was the Haworth Old Hall.

Technically I didnt choose to go here, I just couldn’t be bothered to walk after missing the bus and this was recommended to me by a lovely local woman. This was of course after we had just been mortified by having to see a womans bum in the middle of the street. Yes I’m being serious! A woman actually stepped off a bus, whipped her skirt up and pulled down her tights and underwear to have a pee! πŸ™ˆ

Anyway, back to the pub. The local lady who I shared the mortifying moment with told me the bus wasn’t due for another hour. She pointed to this pub and told me they do nice coffee and hot chocolate so I decided to go in. And I’m so glad I did.

The place was so warm from the moment I walked in. The staff here are so friendly and welcoming, this is accompanied by the beautiful decor and the open log fires, its such a lovely atmospheric place.

The pub is also one of the oldest in the village and dates right back to 1621.

Here are some other lovely looking pubs I spotted whilst here.

I can’t wait to share more about this place in my next blog, but I like to keep my blogs short and sweet so I’ll save the rest for another blog.

Thanks for reading

Stay blessed

Natalie ❀

York Minster: The largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe

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One of our tour stops was York Minster, after all you can’t visit York without seeing its most popular landmark.

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The history in brief

York Cathedral is the cathedral’s commonly known name, but it is officially the Cathedral and Metropolitcal Church of St Peter. The first original Church on this site was a temporary wooden church built by King Edwin of Northumbria. The church was built after King Edwin, who was in control of York, married Princess Ethelburga of Kent who persuaded him to convert to Christianity as part of the marriage deal. The church was built for the purpose of King Edwin’s baptism in 627.

After his baptism, Edwin ordered for the church to be rebuilt in stone structure, although he never actually got to see it complete because he was killed in battle in 633. The church was supposedly completed in 640 under King Oswald some time after Saint Paulinus helped King Edwin’s widow and her children back to Kent. The church was then dedicated to St Peter.

In 732 the first Archbishop of York was recognised by the pope.

In 741 the church was burnt to the ground and Ecgbert the first Archbishop of York re-built and designed the new lofty structure.

The stone saxon church was ransacked by William the conqueror’s forces in 1069, he then ordered his appointed archbishop to rebuild a Norman Cathedral on the site. It took Archbishop Thomas 20 years to complete the Cathedral. This cathedral was badly damaged in a fire in 1137, this time Archbishop Thomas’s successor Archbishop Roger Pont L’Eveque started to remodel the seating area and chamber in 1154. All the work was completed by 1175 with an addition of two western towers.

The Gothic style church of today took 250 years to build, and was built between 1220 and 1472.

Interesting facts about York Minster

The Cathedral has its own policing The police force was established after a religious fanatic set the church on fire on the 2nd of February 1829, and has had a police force ever since.

Some of its roof was designed by children A children’s programme called Blue Peter hosted a competition to design a roof in 1984 during restoration of the cathedral. The winning designs were art inspired by Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, the raising of Mary Rose and a whale and diver.

The first black Archbishop of the Church Of England led services here Dr. John Sentamu became the first black Archbishop in the church of England in 2005. He became the Archbishop of York and led the services here up until June 2020.

It costs Β£15,000 a day to keep it open We already mentioned the police force but, imagine the cost of heating, lightning and all the other staff.

Its apparently haunted. With York having the reputation of one of Europe’s most haunted cities, it’s probably hardly surprising to hear this. One of the many story’s that pops up is, a man is often seen sitting in the pews.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about York Minster if your thinking of visiting click here for more information and tickets.

Thanks for stopping by

Natalie x

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct: The river in the sky

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Hi! πŸ™‹πŸ½ Hope your all keeping well.

This will be the last post on North Wales, until I get to revisit again. Just wanted to share this incredible attraction.

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Some of you may have heard of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, for those who haven’t. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is located in Llangollen and one of North Wales biggest attractions. It is built over the River Dee and is the highest Canal Aqueduct in the world.

It was built and designed by Thomas Telford, with the help and advice of William Jessop. It took 19 years to plan and build between the years of 1795 and 1805.

Would you dare walk along here? I did!

The views are absolutely incredible! It feels like your actually flying from up there, it’s mesmerising!

It actually doesn’t look that high on the pictures, it is! If your scared of heights, this could be quite a challenge.

Additional Information

It’s free to walk along the tow path and aqueduct or you can take a 45mins to a 2 hour boat trip, which will take you over the structure. I didn’t do this, but here’s a site with more information Llangollen Wharf

Parking is available nearby

Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

Stay safe x