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Standing on Esk Pike, photos taken by Terry Abraham during one of our filming outings in 2014, camping close to the summit during an amazing cloud inversion.

HELVELLYN with Mark Richards
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The website portrait picture was taken by my good friend Stephen Poulton LRPS

The Far Eastern Fells the eigth and final volume of my Lakeland Fellranger series was published in 2013, with a short film to mark the occasion Lakeland Fellranger. The best of walks end with a refreshing pint, and Dent Brewery have created a dedicated 3.7% bitter that I can heartily recommend FELLRANGER.

My next endeavour this summer is a film with Terry Abraham, where the star is a mountain... HELVELLYN

photos: Mark Gilligan FBIPP LRPS www.wastwaterphotography.co.uk


Hull Pot, a massive beck-capturing cavity in the western shadow of Penyghent.  
Linescape drawn 04 Feb 2012

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Artisan Naturalists

september 06, 2018 11:37pm

Made a sortie to north Manchester today to learn a little about the Artisan Naturalists of the cotton milltowns. During the 1700s and 1800s inspired and yet very poor mill workers studied the local fields, woods, cloughs and moors discovering the great riches of plant life. This was obviously just as the Industrial Revolution was taking hold and the countryside was rapidly being consumed, its air polluted by soot and smoke and the green and fair land smothered with the brick terraces of fellow workers. This was also a time when ever more access to the wild common land, that had been the inaliable right of humble people since time immemorial, was being denied. My focus was Prestwich where in St Mary's Church I found the graves of three prime moving Artisan Naturalists, in the main street the Railway & Naturalist pub and I observed saw the cobbled way down into Prestwich Clough, guided by former Manchester Evening News journalist Tom Waghorn and his daughter Helen Crossley.

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