I couldn’t resist that smooth sky and those smoke stacks. It’s the scale that I like. I rarely come across industrial architecture like this, but would love to photograph it up close. This, however was a spontaneous moment and had no idea that these giant chimneys would creep into view.
This photo was taken on a cycling route created from the old Ashbourne Line, a railway track that connected the Derbyshire towns of Ashbourne and Buxton. The trail now runs through the hills of the Peak District National Park and it winds its way through the hills at a very flat gradient. The roads in the area are achingly steep if you are a cyclist….and so I am very glad that in the 1800′s it was decided to put a railway line here.
And so this is a view that would have been viewed on a daily basis by rail passengers from the late 1800′s onwards.
This is the view from a country road heading towards the town of Bala in Wales. Taken on the same trip as the Peak District photos, a few weeks apart from each other.
I was cycle touring and looking for a place to sleep…I was prompted to stop because of the wonderful views, and at the same time I spotted a pine forest to my right with a gravel road leading into it. When you are on a bike and you want to take photos, there is not the time to amble into a town, find a place to stay, and come back again to take some photos. And that is partly the fun and enjoyment of cycling, you can stop…take a load of photos, often in a place where you would never spend much time or even stop. Then when the sun is going down, just pitch a tent for a nights kip and amble into town the next morning….hell for some, I admit…but heaven for others!