Wildlife at Stonehenge

Local wildlife eyeing up a home at Stonehenge. Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, where archaeologists believe it was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC.

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Tarr Steps #Exmoor

The Tarr Steps are a clapper bridge across the River Barle in the Exmoor National Park, Somerset, England. There are 17 spans across 50 meters (55 yd), the top slabs weigh 1-2 tons and are about 39 inches (99 cm) above normal water level. The largest slab is over 8 feet (2.4 m) long and is about 5 feet (1.5 m) wide. This is one of the best-known monuments on Exmoor. Its age is unknown, as several theories claim that Tarr Steps dates from the Bronze Age but others date them from around 1400 AD.

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My Artistic view of Muchelney Abbey @visitsomerset #muchelneyabbey #somerset

Pictured Church of St Peter and St Paul, Muchelney neighboring Muchelney Abbey, which lies two miles south of Langport, was once a landmark in the Somerset Levels and still has much to offer its visitors and history lovers, in particular, will enjoy this fascinating site but there is also plenty for families to do.

It was once a wealthy Benedictine house and the second oldest religious foundation in Somerset, but as part of the dissolution, the abbey’s principal buildings were demolished by Henry VIII in 1538.

Visitors can still see the clearly laid out foundations of the abbey, parts of the richly decorated cloister walk and thatched monks’ lavatory- the only one of its kind in Britain. The 16th-century abbots’ house remains intact with its magnificent rooms, and site finds are on display illustrating monastic life.

With plenty of rooms to explore, this is an ideal day out whatever the weather and on sunny days, children have plenty of room to play in the grounds.

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Arundel Castle

International jousting at Arundel Castle Sussex. Arundel Castle is a restored and remodeled medieval castle in Arundel, West Sussex, England. It was established by Roger de Montgomery on Christmas Day 1068.

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Arundel Castle Gateway and Moat

Curtain walls surround the enclosed northern gardens of Arundel Castle. The gated entrance in front of the tower seen nearest the viewer is guarded by a lion and a unicorn.

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Tall Tree Trial Exmoor

Tall Tree Trial within the Crown estate Dunster, Exmoor.

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Tall Tree Skyline

Circle of trees within the Crown estate Dunster, Exmoor.

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Low Tide #Porlock Harbour

Sailing boats low tide at Porlock harbour, Exmoor.

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#Exmoor Thatched Cottage

Stunning Thatched Cottages on Exmoor in the summer sun. Buy this image.

Whilst on my regular walks on the Exmoor National Park with my camera, I came across these stunning thatched cottages and quaint tea rooms, which I believe are part of the Holnicote Estate.

With over 12,000 acres of land, including the 15th – century packhorse bridge, Allerford Forge, the seaside hamlet of Bossington and much more, well worth your visit.

Ever visited Holnicote Estate? Please do leave your comments of your experience and I would love your feedback on my image below.

Don’t forget, you can purchase a copy of this print to hang on your wall, just click on the photo.

Mark’s visitor experience score for Holnicote Estate : 7 out of 10.

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#Dunster Castle in the Autumn Sun

The medieval village of Dunster within the English county of Somerset, just within the boundary of the Exmoor National Park. Lying on the Bristol Channel coast just 2.5 miles from Minehead.

The stunning iron age hillforts testify to the occupation of the area for thousands of years. The village of Duster grew up around the castle which was built on the Torby the Norman warrior William I de Moyon, shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066.

The Castle is mentioned in the Domesday Book and has been remodeled on several occasions by the Luttrell family who was lords of the manor from the 14th to 20th centuries.

Dunster village became a center for wool and cloth production and trade. There existed a harbour, known as Dunster Haven, at the mouth of the River Avill, yet today the coast having receded is now about 1/2 miles from the village.

Dunster has a range of heritage sites and cultural attractions which combine with the castle, scores of Exmoor craft shops and tea rooms, restaurants, makes the village a popular tourist destination with many visitors arriving on the West Somerset Heritage Railway.

Since 1976, the castle has been owned by the National Trust.

Ever visited Dunster or the Castle? Please do leave your comments below of your experience of Dunster and I would love your feedback on my image.

Don’t forget, you can purchase a copy of this print to hang on your wall, just click on the photo.

Mark’s visitor experience score for Dunster and the Castle : 7 out of 10.

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Through the Trees #exmoor

Sometimes we can’t see the wood through the trees?

Here on Exmoor at Wimbleball Lake Country Park you can see the wood, trees, lake and have a fun time, whether it’s just a walk along the waterfront, paddle in a canoe, an adventure on their high wire or just a sit down for a cup of tea in their coffee shop, you will have an enjoyable time.

Mark’s visitor experience score for Dunster and the Castle : 7 out of 10

#iPhone #photography : #Dunster Donkeys

Dunster Donkeys, iPhone Photography © Mark Stothard Buy this image

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Class 35 at #Williton #WSR

Class 35 ‘Hymek’ Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive

No D7017 in Livery-BR Blue at Wilton on the West Somerset Railway. Built by Beyer Peacock at Manchester in 1962.

First allocated Depot was 82A Bristol Bath Road Withdrawn in March 1975.

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#iPhone #photography : The Hail in March

Hail in Minehead in the spring. iPhone photography © Mark Stothard

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