Big Pit

The weather we had experienced at the top of Pen-y-Fan now seemed to have reached us in the valley. This morning was not a time to be outside. We headed off to Big Pit.

Big Pit is a real coal mine, and above ground felt strangely eerie – like an enormous ghost of the industrial age was still present from a time when the site was in full production.

It has stopped producing coal and now allows visitors to be guided around some of the underground tunnels. All of the guides are miners who have at least 5 years experience of working underground, their enthusiasm and passion for mining was almost overwhelming while being most engaging.

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Heading south from Sunderland I popped in to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, a place I had been meaning to visit for years.

I managed to spend almost the whole day there wandering around the park, gardens and galleries – below are pictures of just a few of the sculptures I liked, including quite a few by Andy Goldsworthy. There was a special exhibition of his, which was just fantastic, in the various gallery spaces – which unfortunatly did not allow cameras inside :-(

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Lakeland passes

Douglas (my Mini) got very bored waiting for me to complete the Coast to Coast walk. He insisted on a bit of fun going up and down some of the passes in the Lake District.

I almost have a clear environmental consience as I feel I have saved a few grams of carbon recently by walking for 15 days.

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