Helvellyn

Helvellyn from Red Tarn, flanked by Striding Edge (L) and Swirral Edge (R)

Date

29 August 2019

Location

Lake District, Cumbria
NY 34166 15161; 54.52741°N, 3.01874°W

Information

With an altitude of 950 m (3,117 ft), Helvellyn is the highest point of the eponymous mountain range lying between Thirlmere and Ullswater lakes in the Lake District. Helvellyn is the third highest mountain in England and its summit is managed by the John Muir Trust.

Further Reading

Helvellyn (Wikipedia)
Charles Gough (Wikipedia)

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Aira Force Pier

Lady Dorothy, Ullswater

Date

24 August 2019

Location

Ullswater, Cumbria
NY 39866 19738; 54.56925°N, 2.93162°W

Information

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ opened the jetty on Ullswater lake shore near Aira Force waterfall in 2015. At 12 km long and with a surface area of 9 km2, Ullswater is the second largest of the 16 lakes in the Lake District (the largest being Windermere). This scenic lake has been a popular tourist destination since the 18th century, and was where Donald Campbell set the world water-speed record of 202 mph in 1955. The Lake District was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2017, a first for a UK national park.

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Aira Force

Aira Force

Date

24 August 2019

Location

Aira Force, Aira Beck, Cumbria
NY 39949 20524; 54.57632°N, 2.93049°W

Information

Aira Force is a 21-metre-high waterfall on the river Aira Beck, which flows into Ullswater. It is one of the most visited waterfalls in the Lake District and is situated within Gowbarrow Park, 300 hectares of grounds purchased in 1906 by the National Trust. The grounds were landscaped and an arboretum planted in the 18th century by the Howard family of Greystoke Castle, which is located some 7 miles to the north.

Further Reading

Aira Force and Ullswater (National Trust)

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Op Art, Tate Liverpool

‘Op Art in Focus’ exhibition

Date

25 April 2019

Location

Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool
SJ 33988 89828; 53.40111°N, 2.99430°W

Information

On show from 21 July 2018 until 5 July 2020 at the Tate Liverpool, Op Art in Focus is an exhibition featuring a variety of works of optical art. The Op Art movement began in the 1960s and is known for its use of bold colours, lines and geometric shapes.

Further Reading

Tate Liverpool

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Leonardo da Vinci – ‘A Life in Drawing’ exhibition

The head of Leda (c 1505-08). Black chalk, pen and ink.

Date

25 April 2019

Location

Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool
SJ 34995 90768; 53.40969°N, 2.97936°W

Information

In February 2019, to mark the 500th anniversary of his death, 144 of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings from the Royal Collection went on display in 12 concurrent exhibitions across the UK, with each venue hosting 12 separate works.

Further Reading

Walker Art Gallery

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Knife Angel

Knife Angel

Date

4 January 2019

Location

Liverpool Cathedral, St James’s Mount, Liverpool
SJ 35385 89411; 53.39754°N, 2.97321°W

Information

Created by artist Alfie Bradley at the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, Knife Angel is a sculpture highlighting the growing issue of knife crime. The 25 ft high artwork was created from over 100,000 bladed weapons handed over to the police in knife amnesties.

The sculpture is currently on view outside Liverpool Cathedral and it is hoped that it will tour other cities in the future.

Further Reading

British Ironwork Centre;
All posts in the British Ironwork Centre series;
Liverpool Cathedral;
All posts in the Liverpool Cathedral series

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Mersey Gateway Bridge

Mersey Gateway Bridge

Date

25 August 2018

Location

Runcorn – Widnes, Cheshire
SJ 52369 84471; 53.35494°N, 2.71707°W

Information

The Mersey Gateway Bridge is a 2.3 km-long, 6-lane, cable-stayed bridge carrying the A533 road over the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal. The £600 million bridge links Runcorn and Widnes and is maintained by Halton Borough Council. Construction of the bridge, designed by Knight Architects, commenced in 2014 and it opened in 2017. It was built to relieve congestion on the Runcorn through-arch bridge, which opened in 1961 and was renamed the Silver Jubilee Bridge in 1977. This in turn had replaced a Victorian steam-powered transporter bridge that could convey four cars at a time across the Mersey.

When the new bridge opened the old one was closed for refurbishment and it will reopen as a toll bridge (it was previously free to cross). The tolls on the Mersey Gateway Bridge itself operate using automatic number plate recognition and must be paid online within 24 hours. This has proved to be highly controversial with criticisms of unclear signposting. In the first month 50,000 motorists were issued with penalty charge notices for failure to pay the toll. In 2018 tribunals ruled that the tolls and penalties were in fact in breach of consumer and transport legislation because of improper implementation. The charges continue to be imposed, however, as the rulings were for specific cases and technically do not have general effect.

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Stanley Park, Liverpool

Stanley Park

Date

16 February 2018

Location

Walton Lane, Liverpool
SJ 36091 93848; 53.43750°N, 2.96350°W

Information

Covering an area of 45 hectares, Liverpool’s Grade II* listed Stanley Park was designed by landscape architect Edward Kemp (1817-1891) and opened in 1870. Located within the park is the Grade II listed Isla Gladstone Conservatory, which was built in 1899. This restored Victorian conservatory serves as a hospitality venue and includes a café on the ground floor.

Further Reading

Stanley Park (Liverpool City Council)

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