Hello again people and pooches. Joe the Cocker here. This isn’t exactly a hiking blog, it is just a small collection of panoramic photographs that my human has taken while we were hiking. Some of the shots he took as panorama photographs whereas others ate stitched together by Google Photos. They are not even great photographs, they are simply memories of when we were hiking in the hills. We have all been restricted in where we can hike for some time now and these shots are totally self-indulgent reminders of some good times. They are probably best viewed on a PC or laptop, rather than a mobile phone. My human said that he will give a brief description of where we were and what we were looking at. He was probably admiring the view while I was having a sniff around while I was waiting for him. We both love hiking but, for different reasons. He loves scenery, getting his heart pumping, peace and tranquility and stuff like that. I like peeing on stuff to mark out my territory. I actually own most of Snowdonia, the Peak District, Scotland and the Lake District!
This panoramic shot was taken on the Llanberis Path on the ascent of Snowdon. We were in the Allt Moses area as we stopped to look back from where we had walked. The Llyn Du’r Arddu lake is in the cwm below. The cliffs of Clogwyn Coch were shrouded in low cloud. It was a cols but, beautiful day.
This was taken on the same day further up the Llanberis Path on Snowdon. We had just walked under the railway bridge near the Clogwyn Station. Llyn Peris and Llanberis can be seen in the distance with the Irish Sea on the horizon. The path that can be seen in the centre of the photograph was the point that we had turned back a few weeks prior to this. The wind was horrendous with zero visibility so, we sensibly abandoned our hike.
A rather less dramatic scene but, one of our favourite discoveries was from White Nancy. On the top of Kerridge Hill, near Bollington, in the Cheshire Peak District on a very quiet day, gave us lovely views. The village below is Bollington and the walk up to the folly is an easy climb. We chose the right day as we had the hill to ourselves so, I could run around and sniff out rabbits and squirrels.
The photo above is another of our favourite places to visit. We were about to complete the Mawddach Trail from Dollgellau to Abermaw, Barmouth. The view shows yours truly about to walk on the famous Barmouth Bridge. The railway bridge spans the Mawddach estuary which you can see the great expanse of in the centre and right of the photo. The victorian seaside resort of Barmouth can be seen at the end of the bridge.
This is probably not the best photograph but, it was the view from our tent above Fairbourne looking towards Barmouth bridge and the town of Barmouth. In the distance you can see the Llyn Peninsula. It was a great place to share bangers and mash with my human while the sun dropped into the Irish Sea.
This was a tranquil spot that we came across in Collier’s Moss Common in Bold Heath, near St. Helen’s. It was in the early days of the pandemic when we could travel short distances. These two anglers were enjoying the peace and quiet of their fishing spot until I introduced myself to them. They gave me a lot of fuss so, I can’t have upset their enjoyment too much.
My human took a few photographs from this viewpoint and Google did the rest by stitching a panoramic shot together. It is the village of Lymm in Cheshire. We had just walked through the Dingle on the way from Lymm Dam. The lower dam is in the centre of the photo, forming a pretty duck pond in this historic village.
We had just spent the night in the comfort of Bridge Suite in Invermoriston, Scotland after waking up to heavy snow on the previous day. We were backpacking the Great Glen Way and needed to stay indoors for the night while our tent and equipment dried out. The photo was taken the next morning as we climbed the hill to the High Route, out of Invermoriston on our way to Drumnadrochit. Loch Ness can be seen in the cold morning light of a day that turned out to be one of our best in the hills.
This photo was taken on the bank of Llyn Gwynant after a night spent camping in Llyn Gwynant Campsite. Elephant rock can be seen reflecting in the lake on the left. There is some beautiful walks in this area with Snowdon within easy reach. It was another cold and still morning when we took this shot, our favourite hiking weather.
We were part way up Moel Famau in North Wales when my human turned around and took this one. The snow covering was from the previous night and we could not resist the short drive to experience the conditions. Playing in the snow is one of my favourite things to do so, me and the big feller had a great day in the hills.
This is another stitch-up by Google Photos. We were on the second day of our hike on the Ullswater Way. We had walked from Glenridding, at the head of the lake on the left and we could see where we had hiked the previous day, on the opposite side of the lake. On the left you can see the path that we were about to take. The views on the Ullswater Way are stunning all the way around the lake and we had a great hike.
On our way back from the summit of Skiddaw, in the Lake District we were gifted with this view. Derwent Water and Keswick came into view as we descended while the clouds started to look menacing. We made it back to the car just as the heavens opened.
The final Google Photo stitch-up made my human laugh when he opened it. There are two of me in the photo! I don’t remember being cloned. We were on our way up to Tal y Fan in the Northern Carneddau when my human took a few photos. Google came up with this one of two Joe’s! The Afon Conwy can be seen along with Puffin Island in the Irish Sea. So, from the two Joe’s and their human, Till next time!