Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Coastal Village, Ouse Valley Viaduct and Early to Rise

"Coastal Village" :- I have photographed and posted many images of the famous Beacon Mill windmill before but they have mostly been shot from selective angles that made the mill look as though it was in the middle of nowhere. I thought I'd post this image to show that it is in fact right on the edge and part of the historical village of Rottingdean on the south coast of England. The large, open green area that the mill stands on is Beacon Hill Nature Reserve which sits between the village of Rottingdean and the village of Ovingdean (where I live). Both villages are mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and Beacon Hill has two Neolithic long barrows within its boundaries and was also where a beacon was lit to to warn of the approaching Spanish Armada attack on Elizabethan England in 1588. The mill itself is a grade II listed black smock mill which is said to have been built in 1802 and then dragged from Brighton by Ox. The mill is now also a registered seamark.

"Ouse Valley Viaduct" :- I have hurtled over this viaduct so many times as I have travelled back and forth by train between London and Brighton. The sad thing is that as you pass over it you have no idea of how it looks. The only clue you have as to what it is you are actually on is the fact that the ground suddenly drops away and you are offered staggering views of the Ouse Valley as they flash by. This is the mighty Ouse Valley Viaduct which was built in 1841. It's a staggering 450 meters (1,475 feet) in length and is 29 meters (96 feet) in height. What's even more jaw dropping is that the 11 million bricks needed for its construction were shipped over from the Netherlands. In 1841 that must have taken some doing!

"Early to Rise" :- The first few rays of morning sunlight stream through the trees and flood down the steep country lane. On the way down the light casts shadows and throws bits of nature into silhouette whilst illuminating the mildew that sits on the top of the mossy grass. The entire scene looks as though it's straight out of a fairy tale or story book. It's so perfect that if you didn't know any better you'd swear blind it was part of a film set. The lane is located in Widecombe-in-the-Moor, a small village that's within the heart of Dartmoor National Park in Devon, England.

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