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13.   The Regeneration of Hackfall

Hackfall, at the village of Grewelthorpe near Ripon, North Yorkshire, is a former Landscape Garden created in 1750 by William Aislabie but over the passage of time became neglected and derelict.   The wood was purchased in 1988 by The Woodland Trust and with the The Hackfall Trust set about restoring it to its former splendour. In 2007 the Hackfall Trust received a large Lottery Grant to restore much of Hackfall and this slide show covers the restoration work during the three years from July 2007 to the end of 2010 and sees the restoration of  the Fountain Pond, Mowbray Castle, Fisher’s Hall, the Grotto and the Rustic Temple amongst others.    The latest project was to get the fountain working again after 250 years and with a little modern technology is now working!   

14.   Tyrolean Travels


This takes you on a trip to Austria, to the Tyrol and we visit some beautiful areas to the South-West of Innsbruck together with a trip to Pertisau and Lake Achensee.    The weather was not perfect on a couple of days but we still managed to obtain some good photographs.   We also visit the Krimml Falls said to be the highest falls in Europe at 1,253 feet in three cascades.

15.   Trier and The Moselle

Takes you to the ancient Roman City of Trier on the German/French/Luxembourg Border with a look at the Porta Negra, St Peter’s Cathedral, the Roman amphitheatre and the Roman Bridge amongst other attractions.   We also go along the Mosel to Bernkastel-Keus and take a walk up to Landshut Castle and then have a look at some vineyards as well as the town of Bernkastel with its half timbered buildings.

16.   Local Parks & Woodland  

Looks at some of the local parks and woodland within Stockton Borough Council boundary including Ropner Park, Preston Hall, Wynyard Woodland Park and Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park as well as Charlton’s Pond Nature Reserve, and Billingham Beck Valley Country Park.           

17.  Woodland Walks

Takes a look at Skipton Woods, (behind the Castle), Nidd Gorge at Knaresborough, and then we go to Low Burnhall in County Durham, White Hill Wood, Easington, a quick look at Hackfall and finish with a look at Great Knott Wood in The Lake District (all owned by The Woodland Trust).

18.  Northumberland Gardens

Completed in September 2013 covers Belsay Hall Quarry Garden in the early Spring, Wallington Hall, Cragside in May, Bide a Wee Cottage Garden, Howick Hall Garden (Home of Earl Grey Tea) and Alnwick Gardens.

19.   Thorp Perrow Through The Seasons      

This took a year to photograph taking in all the seasons at Thorp Perrow Arboretum near Bedale, North Yorkshire and covers the seasons from Snowdrops in mid January to the Autumn Colours in November.    A very colourful show including some surprises!

20.   Great Yorkshire Gardens Vol 1

Six of the most interesting gardens in Yorkshire including Harewood House, Scampston Walled Garden, Nunnington Hall, Newby Hall, Breezy Knees Garden and Parcevall Hall Gardens near Appletreewick in Wharfedale.   Stunning Gardens to wander around at your leisure.

21.   Great Yorkshire Gardens Vol 2

This slide show continues with more of Yorkshire’s Great Gardens including the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden at Harlow Carr in Harrogate.    With Burnby Hall Gardens, Constable Burton Garden, Duncombe Park, Helmsley Walled Garden and we finish with a visit to York Gate Garden, at Adel, Leeds.

1.   Upper Swaledale

Covers Upper Swaledale from Ravenseat to Gunnerside. Takes you along the footpaths and beside waterfalls of the upper dale and visits a couple of lead mine ruins.   Visits Keld, Thwaite and Muker and takes you along part of the Old Corpse Way and over the top of Kisdon Hill.


2.   Lower Swaledale

Continues along part of the Old Corpse Way from Gunnerside to Low Row and looks at  lead mining above Reeth and Arkengarthdale and then takes you on to Fremington Edge to Langthwaite via the hamlet of Booze.   Also takes you to Richmond via Grinton, Marrick Priory and  Marske and ends at Easby Abbey.


3.   By Train across Canada

Covers from Niagara Falls and a brief look at Toronto before boarding “The Canadian”  for a three day train journey to Jasper via Sioux Lookout, Winnipeg & Edmonton.   Looks at the wild life around Jasper and then boards the “Rocky Mountaineer”  to Vancouver via Kamloops. (Duration: 1 hour approx but can be shortened if required.)

4.   Germany - Oberammergau and Bad Kohlgrub

We spent two weeks in the Bavarian Alps in Southern Germany and Part 1 covers the small town of Murnau which was our base, the small village of Bad Kohlgrub and the climb up the Hornle - a hill of some 1,390 metres.   It also covers Oberammergau together with the small village of Etall and its Monastery some 3-4 miles south of Oberammergau.

5.   Germany - The Royal Castles of King Ludwig II

This opens with the Royal Castles of King Ludwig II: Neuschwanstein and Linderhof.   We then take the cable car up the Laber Summit at Oberammergau and then take another cable car up Germany’s highest mountain: the “Zugsptize” at 2,964 metres.   We also take a slow stroll through the meadows at the foot of the Zugspitze by Grainau and then finish with a visit to three lakes:  the Kochelsee, Walchensee and the Plansee (a small mountain lake in Austria).

6.   Cornwall Part 1

Covers our base near Mevagissey, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, Portloe and, of course, the “The Eden Project”.   

7.   Cornwall Part 2

We visit the North Cornish villages of Tintagel and Boscastle ‘one year on’ after the disastrous floods of 2004 and then back to the South Coast to visit Gorran Haven, Polkerris, Fowey and Charlestown Harbour (near Fowey)..


8.   Rhine Cruise to Switzerland

Covers the town of Breisach where we boarded the ship and on to Basel, Interlaken and Lucerne in the pouring rain!    A visit to a Cuckoo Clock Factory and Lake Titisee in the Black Forest  before visiting Strasbourg and Heidelberg.   Scenes of Rudesheim, Boppard, life on board ship and Rhine Vistas - pictures taken from on board as we cruise down the Rhine all set to light music.

9.   Iona and Lindisfarne

Looks at the history of St. Columba and  the islands of Iona and Lindisfarne (Holy Island) together with a musical soundtrack - a very popular slide show (Revised July 2010).

10.   Danube Cruise

A cruise down the Rhine to Bratislava visiting Schallaburg Castle, Melk, Vienna, Bratislava & Budapest as well as small villages on the banks of the Danube.

11.   Scotland - Plockton & The Isle of Skye

We take the road to the village of Plockton (the setting of the TV Drama Hamish MacBeth) on the Western Coast  of  Scotland just above the Kyles of Lochalsh.    We visit Inv- erewe Gardens, Applecross (setting for the old black and white comedy Laxdale Hall) and then take a trip to the Isle of Skye and visit Eileann Dolan Castle.

12.   The Isle of Mull

We again, take the “Road to the Isles” but this time visit Mull travelling via the Corran Ferry through Ardnamarchan to the Lochaline Ferry onto Mull.    We stay at Tobermory and visit Aros Park, Duart Castle, the villages of Dervaig and Calgary and take a scenic drive around Mull on the “narrow  road with passing places” routes!     The final sequence is a day trip to Iona and catch up with all the latest developments since last visiting it over 30 years ago!

Helmsley Walled Garden with the Castle in the background

Audio Visual Presentations 2017/8