2019: A Look Back in Images Part 1

I’ve neglected this blog once again, mainly for reasons relating to my move to Scotland earlier in the year. 

Hopefully I’ll get to post a bit more often in 2020 but for now here’s a look back at some of the places I’ve been during 2019, namely Ireland, Scotland, England and Poland. 

Top image: looking towards Slieve Binnian during a rest stop in the Mourne Mountains, County Down in March

 

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A January shot taken close to home, from the Hill of The O’Neill in Dungannon, County Tyrone. Looking southeast towards the distant Cooley Mountains and Camlough Mountain. 

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Sunset over the River Blackwater, which straddles Counties Armagh and Tyrone, during my first cycle (of a grand total of two) of 2019.

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A couple of shots from a very enjoyable visit to County Wicklow on Ireland’s east coast. Top: walking along the coastal path, towards Wicklow Town. Bottom: standing next to the ‘Pyramid of Arklow’, a fascinating, late 18th century mausoleum. 

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A view over Belfast City and Lough from Divis Mountain, taken on a 10km looped hike in February.

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Beautiful Russian Orthodox church near where I stayed in Chiswick, west London in early March.

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Views of the River Thames and City of London skyline from the top of The Monument.

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Exploring Cove Cave in the Mourne Mountains, County Down during the same hike pictured in the top image.

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Some sights from an unexpected return visit to one of my favourite cities, Wrocław in Poland. It was formerly the German city of Breslau and I read a fantastic, if heartbreaking account of the 1945 Siege of Breslau after returning home. 

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Desccending Carnanelly in the Sperrin Mountains, County Tyrone on the Omagh & Sperrins Walking Festival (23 March). Read more.

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The imposing Forth Chapel or St. Macartan’s in the Clogher Valley, County Tyrone. It was the setting for a story by 19th century Irish writer William Carleton and bears a plaque to locally born John Joseph Hughes, who would become the first Catholic Archbishop of New York, in 1850.

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A return to the Sperrin Mountains in April, for a walk through lonely Glenlark Forest. Read more.

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Overlooking Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park and University on my first visit of the year to Scotland (I was lured in by a few days of glorious spring weather).

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A trio of images of Peatlands Park, County Armagh taken on different dates during May. It’s the main place I walk our family dog, Monty, when I’m home.

See Part 2 of my 2019 review or check out my Instagram account for more images.

5 thoughts on “2019: A Look Back in Images Part 1

  1. Wow, some of those events seem such a long time ago, particularly the walking festival. It’s been a busy year. Glad to see you’ve resurrected the blog.

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