Is Autumn your favourite season of the year? Good evening from gorgeous Dean Village, Edinburgh, Scotland! I've had this saved in my "must feature" folder for a while, but now Autumn is most definitely in the air over in the land of clogs, it's a legal requirement I feature golden shots such as this beauty by @thetechcreative 🍂🍁🍂 . Dean Village often comes as a pleasant surprise to Edinburgh visitors. Situated just a few minutes walk away from the bustle of Princes Street it's like a little bubble of chocolate-box countryside. And we all love chocolate and the countryside, right? The mills of Dene were first mentioned in King David I's founding charter of Holyrood Abbey, usually dated c. 1145, in which he granted one of his mills of Dene to the Abbey. 872 years! Incredible. In the past the village was the centre of the milling of water mills and the remnants of the industry can still be seen today. Look out for mill stones and carved stone plaques with baked bread and pies. . Today's good news: I found the brand new Jane Austen £10 quid note in my pocket. Very nice it is too! I'm willing to sell for a reasonable price. Bad news: Christmas decorations and stacks of mince pies have appeared in GREAT ABUNDANCE in the nearby supermarket. Look, I love Christmas as the next person... but we are still in September! Bah humbug! Anyway... have a lovely evening.. beautiful shot by @thetechcreative. (Rumours that I purchased a small packet of said mince pies and will scoff with ice-cream whilst the Great British Bakeoff is on the telly tonight are not to be believed 🤓) 🇬🇧
What country are you waking up in this morning? And if you're far away from the land of Yorkshire puddings and Eccles cakes, how smashing would it be to experience this early morning view of the Market Cross Monument in Castle Combe, Cotswolds, England. Wonderful shot by @brianjannsenphotography who has the most amazing photographs of Britain. Great to see a different angle on this much photographed "most beautiful place in Britain" . Above us we see the market cross...but what's that, I don't hear you ask? Well, Tim. Stop talking to yourself. Okay. It was used in medieval times to mark a market square, where historically the right to hold a regular market or fair was granted by the monarch, a bishop or a baron. This cross dates from the late medieval period when Castle Combe was an important and wealthy settlement based around the cloth industry. It was repaired in 1590 by the inhabitants of the village... Now isn't that something - a repair date much older than some countries! . But of course, villages also used their market squares for other uses... such as penal stocks for punishment. Stocks have been used since the medieval days to humiliate and punish those who had committed crimes. They were deliberately situated in the most public places within the town such as the market place as humiliation was one of the main aspects of the punishment. Stocks hold their victim in place by their wrists and / or ankles so they are trapped and at the mercy of the passing crowd. People were allowed to inflict whatever they chose on the victims from insults to throwing rubbish and even tickling their feet! Now that is torture. Still, it wasn't all feet tickling. It was a grim punishment indeed. . The original penal stocks survive at Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswolds. In fact, many are still standing throughout the country, although thankfully no longer in use unless you publicly admit you like the taste of Marmite. Have a wonderful Sunday... I'm off to roll around on the frosty lawn..Lovely shot by @brianjannsenphotography 🇬🇧 Want your Photos of Britain to be featured? Follow us and tag us in the picture too! We feature the very best of Britain.
What's your favourite town or city in Britain? Let me know below... One place I've only ever visited once (briefly) but would love to return to is Cambridge, England. Love this shot by @the.skywaspink - such delicious light through that ancient narrow street, with the lamps and decadent archways framing the scene. Who can resist such beauty? . The tightly packed core of ancient colleges, the picturesque riverside 'Backs' (college gardens) and the leafy green meadows surrounding the city give it a more tranquil appeal than its historic rival Oxford (or so they say..Oxford people, don't attack me!) The 800-year old town of Cambridge still feels like a medieval village, complete with turrets, spires and elegant towers. And for people like me that do like a bit of Harry Potter, this place is a gem! . Cambridge is the second oldest university in England, and one of the oldest in Europe. Although J. K. Rowling wrote the series in Edinburgh, many of the ideas for Hogwarts were inspired by this magical place. Whilst no castle like Hogwarts dominates the landscape, the old college campuses are a worthy substitute, with high walls, grand entrances, chapels, secret gardens and centuries-old libraries adding to the experience of leaving the modern world behind. . Have a lovely Saturday! I'm off to the @lake.district (again) to stare at trees and mountains. Fantastic shot by @the.skywaspink 🇬🇧 Want your Photos of Britain to be featured? Follow us and tag us in the picture too! We feature the very best of Britain.
Happy to see Autumnal pictures of Britain? Let me know below! The trees next to the garden shed are turning...and spots of bright red and orange are appearing everywhere. Nearby, pumpkin lattes are being quaffed and I'm getting ready to polish my conker*. So let's head to beautiful Yorkshire and this wonderful view by @davez_uk. I can almost hear the crunch of those leaves, as I walk towards the old chapel in the distance. . *Not being rude talking about conkers. Conkers is a traditional children's game in Britain and Ireland played using the seeds of horse chestnut trees in the Autumn. The game is played by two players, each with a conker threaded onto a piece of string: they take turns striking each other's conker until one breaks. Some cheated by putting their conker in the oven... or used vinegar and glue. I liked to add many layers of polish....not sure it made much difference! My conker was always smashed 😥 . Ahem, anyway. Love his view of the distant chapel, situated in the delightful village of Brompton by Sawdon in North Yorkshire. Brompton-by-Sawdon has two claims to fame. Nearby Brompton Dale has a claim to being the location of the first manned flight in a lighter than air craft, when the 6th Baronet Cayley launched his coachman on the historic glider flight. The local pub is named the Cayley Arms, partially in his memory. Second, Gallows Hill Farm. Just east of the village, was the home of Mary Hutchinson, who married William Wordsworth in the village church in 1802. Her home has since been turned into a gallery and tea room with displays on the lives of Wordsworth and Coleridge. . Plus it's a known fact - a scone in a Yorkshire tea room is as close as heaven you can get on Earth. 100% true. I won't hear otherwise in the comments. Beautiful shot by @davez_uk 🇬🇧 Want your Photos of Britain to be featured? Follow us and tag us in the picture too! We feature the very best of Britain.
Fancy watching the sunset over the lush rolling hills of the English countryside in the beautiful Peak District? Type "Yes" and a small basket of the finest cakes and teas will appear outside your door* (*it may take a wee while for me to get around the globe, so please be patient) - Whilst you wait for them, let's enjoy this scene wonderfully photographed by @jaybirminghamphotography. . Mam Tor rears up above the western end of Hope Valley, peering towards nearby Edale at the same time. It is believed to be one of the earliest hill forts in Britain, and the second highest at 1,700 feet above sea level Its name supposedly means ‘mother hill’, named so because it keeps spawning mini-hills beneath as bits drop off. It's also known locally as the 'shivering mountain'.. There are also two Bronze Age burial mounds at the peak of Mam Tor which are the oldest remaining features on the mountain at approximately 3,500 years old. . As Jane Austen wrote in her best-loved novel Pride and Prejudice - There is ‘no finer county in England than Derbyshire’. It's also perfect timing to feature this shot as the new £10 note featuring Austen enters circulation tomorrow. . Mind you, Austen also wrote, ' I have a very poor opinion of young men who live in Derbyshire; and their intimate friends who live in Hertfordshire are not much better, I am sick of them all, Thank Heaven! I am going to-morrow where I shall find a man who has not one agreeable quality, who has neither manner nor sense to recommend him. Stupid men are the only ones worth knowing, after all'.... What a cheek! Lovely shot by @jaybirminghamphotography 🇬🇧 Want your Photos of Britain to be featured? Follow us and tag us in the picture too! We feature the very best of Britain.
What's the weather like where you are? Here in Britain, we're about to battered by Storm Aileen as heavy rain and winds of 75mph are set to give the UK a right good soaking. Brits do love a good moan about the weather, but it's never too bad here. Especially as so many other places across the globe have it much, much worse than us. Still, it does seem like we've jumped straight into Autumn already - so let's walk across the bridge to this lovely tea room in Wales. Love this Autumnal view by the ever fab @joedanielprice... the trees are changing into their golden coats around me so this is most appropriate 🍁🍂🍁 . It's rather incredible to think this building, covered in that lovely creeping vine, was constructed circa 1480AD. Tu Hwnt i’r Bont has a long history but over the years it fell into disrepair. Thankfully it was saved by the fine folks at the National Trust for us all to enjoy. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the home of the Welsh Scone! The decision made by the original leaseholder, over half a century ago, to turn Tu Hwnt i’r Bont into a traditional Welsh Tea Room has proved to be a success. To this day the recipe for the scones remains true and continues to be a well kept secret! Llanrwst itself is a very ancient town, and was first mentioned as early as 954 AD. . Many parts of Wales feel deeply magical and steeped in incredible history. For instance, close by is the village of Llangernyw, which holds a special church many centuries old. The site it stands on was sacred thousands of years before it was built. In fact, the churchyard contains the oldest living thing in Wales - a yew tree which botanists believe to be over 3,000 years old - dating it's origins to sometime in the prehistoric Bronze Age. Elsewhere in the churchyard are two standing stones, which would have been raised up by pagans at about the same time. History, tea and cakes...does it get better than that? . Now... the Apple event for the next iPhone is about to start, so I've got my pot of tea ready to drown my sorrows as my iPhone 4s flickers in despair in the corner. Donations to the "@timholt needs a new phone and a car that has ALL four wheels" begins soon! 🇬🇧
Would you agree that Scotland is the most beautiful country in the world? Comment below and let me know your number one. I mention this as the readers of Rough Guide voted the land of Oban whisky and incredible vistas the number one slot - beating Canada in the top 20 countries. They say, "Who can deny that these wild beaches, deep lochs and craggy castles are some of the most wonderful and beautiful sights in the world?”...gorgeous shot by @jamesrelfdyer . Now this is a cracking view to wake up to! Famous for its appearance in many films, including the Highlander (with Sean Connery), Eilean Donan Castle was originally built in 13th Century (by the Clan Mackenzie and Clan Macrae) to defend the area from invading Vikings who controlled most of Northern Scotland between 800 and 1266 AD . Ahh this is the dream....Camper van, small flask of coffee, a string of lights and an ancient view ahead. Bliss! Great shot by @jamesrelfdyer 🇬🇧Visit Blimey.com (see link on my profile) to read more! Want your Photos of Britain to be featured? Follow us and then add the tag #photosofbritain and tag us in the picture too!
Could you live in a mini-thatched cottage? How bloomin' lovely is this by @hope_and_wander! I'm typing in the gloomy but lovely light, watching the brilliant Far From the Madding Crowd on the telly whilst the rain is splashing against the windows and thinking... I really do need a thatched cottage like this. Even better if I could plop it on some wheels and drive it around Britain eating copious amounts of baked goods along the way. . Timber-frame and flint, pargetting and thatched roofs, moats and chimney stacks: the vernacular architecture of the county of Suffolk is a heady mix of colour and character. Plus, it's one of the only places in Britain where you have to keep your house painted pink! Suffolk Pink dates back to the 14th century, where these pink shades were formed by adding natural substances to traditional limewash. For example, adding in elderberries, which release a beautiful carmine red. Other methods included mixing pig/ox blood with buttermilk which was then painted onto a house. Blackthorn or sloe juice was sometimes added too, to produce a redder pink. Of course these days you don't have to worry about the blood bit. Personally, I would skip on the pink but keep the thatch.. . Have a smashing weekend! Lovely shot by @hope_and_wander 🇬🇧 Visit Blimey.com (see link on my profile) to read more! Want your Photos of Britain to be featured? Follow us and then add the tag #photosofbritain and tag us in the picture too!
Daft question: Do you prefer a Shower or Bath? I ask for two reasons. Firstly, this is a lovely picture of the city of Bath, photographed by @jcmphotographyuk. Secondly, there was a headline this week that read "Over eight million Britons think showering once a week is enough!".... which sounds disgusting. However, tucked away further in the article is the line "....although they're not going around unclean as most just prefer a relaxing bath."... Tsk...Anyway, we are very clean and smell lovely over here...like a mixture of fresh baked bread and cookies. So remember! Sniff A Brit Today!* (*always ask first) . Ahem. Anyway, back to this lovely scene of this wonderful historic city. Across the way is Pulteney bridge, which was originally a toll bridge and boundary between parishes, built on condition that fresh water could be piped across it from the hills to the town houses. Amazing fact: It is one of only four bridges in the world with shops across the full span on both sides! Bath itself was founded upon natural hot springs with the steaming water playing a key role throughout its history. Lying in the heart of the city the Roman Baths were constructed around 70 AD as a grand bathing and socialising complex. It is now one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world. 1,170,000 litres of steaming spring water reaching 46 °C still fill the bathing site every single day. The Romans believed that this was the mystical work of the Gods but we now know that the water source, which comes from the King’s Spring, which fell as rain water around 10,000 BC! . Love this place... It's a must see for a first time visitor to Britain. London, Bath, York, Edinburgh, Stratford-upon-Avon, The Lake District... do all those and you'll be a happy sausage. Super shot by @jcmphotographyuk 🇬🇧 Visit Blimey.com (see link on my profile) to read more! Want your Photos of Britain to be featured? Follow us and then add the tag #photosofbritain and tag us in the picture too!
Good evening from the beautiful cobbled streets of St Ives, Cornwall, England! Cornwall is Poldark country! Have you been watching the new series? The new season is due to start on PBS later in the year for our American chums. Love this place and shot by @kev_liddle...Looks a perfect place for an end-of-summer evening walk. Beauty does come at a price, however (unlike me...I'm available for personal tours for just 50p and a toasted tea-cake). Recently a car park space went on the market here for a whopping £51,950! ($67,000) Blimey, that's a bit daft isn't it? Just a small space to park a car. Personally I would buy a bike and use the rest of the money on various sized cakes. Now, I posted this very famous riddle around 6 months ago when we last featured a shot from this part of the country, but nobody got the right answer. Guess correctly for a British treat sent directly from the garden shed in rainy Cheshire! . As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives, Each wife had seven sacks, Each sack had seven cats, Each cat had seven kits: Kits, cats, sacks, and wives, How many were there going to St. Ives...? . With a rich and varied history, St Ives hosts a great variety of architectural delights, including an old English inns which is over 700 years old! The Sloop Inn dates back to ‘circa 1312’ and is one of the oldest surviving public houses in Cornwall, possibly in the United Kingdom. Can you imagine the amount spilt grog in this place? If those walls could talk...Lovely shot by @kev_liddle 🇬🇧 Visit Blimey.com (see link on my profile) to read more! Want your Photos of Britain to be featured? Follow us and then add the tag #photosofbritain and tag us in the picture too!
Two updates a day? Yes or no? Sometimes I see a picture like this, freshly posted by @brianjannsenphotography, and I think "I love that...I should feature it... but I'm also unable to write a big write-up about another place today because I'm eating a giant scone"... so these mini-updates are just to present a smashing shot, but a smaller bit of text. Sound good? Let me know if you like that idea! . Within glorious Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England you’ll find a Market Cross and St Andrew’s Church which dates from the 13th century. The church houses a faceless clock which is reputed to be one of the oldest working clocks in the country. You’ll also find a couple of pubs and a luxury hotel with a golf course within the village. So all I need is that Lakeland cottage from this morning, and a cottage from here... North and South together! Lovely shot by @brianjannsenphotography 🇬🇧 Visit Blimey.com (see link on my profile) to read more! Want your Photos of Britain to be featured? Follow us and then add the tag #photosofbritain and tag us in the picture too!
Imagine living in that little white house (can you spot it?) in the beautiful Lake District, England. Love this shot by @royce__06 of my favourite place in Britain. It surprises many people that this is England...not the wilds of Scotland. Even the sound of this place is delicious - Buttermere.. sounds a bit like butter beer ⚡ Big thanks to @royce__06 for sending the higher res image. . At the end of August the hills just start to lose their overbearing greeness, and the fells of Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks become emblazoned in the purple of blooming heather. Here at Buttermere, the colours of late summer provide the backdrop to the famous Scots Pines 'Sentinels' that line the south-eastern shoreline, as the light casts its rays over the momentary stillness of the scene. It's no wonder Wordsworth was so inspired by this exact location. And let me tell you, the gooey flapjacks from this part of the world (oat bars for our American chums) are so amazing you will cry. . There are many ideas where the name "Buttermere" originates and you know I love a good legend. My favourite is asserted by Robert Ferguson in his 1866 work, "The Northmen in Cumberland and Westmoreland" (surely everyone has this in their loo?) that Buttermere derives from the Old Norse personal name "Buthar", as in "Buthar's mere" (lake). This accords with local tradition, which says that the valley of Buttermere was part of the holdings of an 11th-century Norse chieftain called "Buthar" (sometimes spelt "Boethar"). Large numbers of Vikings settled in the Cumbrian area during the 9th and 10th centuries and many names in the area are of Norse origin: streams are termed 'becks', from the Old Norse bekkr; mountains are 'fells', from the Norse fjall; waterfalls are forces, from fos; ravines are 'gills'; valleys are 'dales', from dalr; and small lakes are termed 'tarns', which derives from tjorn, meaning teardrop. . I love this area so much I created a second hub dedicated to the @lake.district. So if you want to see a wilder side of England, head over there and follow. Lots of shots of mountains, reflections, lakes, happiness, paradise, fells, bliss, free cakes, etc. Many thanks to @royce__06! 🍁🍂