Sunday, 29 March 2009

Prince Alberts Tower.

Coming for another walk? There are lots of pictures, all taken with my new camera.
In 1847 Queen Victoria and her beloved Prince Albert visited Ramsey. Albert was taken on a walk around the district and is said to have stopped to admire the view atop a hill over looking the town. So later a tower was built on that very spot to commemorate their visit.
Said tower is that tiny dot, on top of this hill.
We walked along the road for a way, until we could get in to the trees under the tower.
We followed winding foot paths through the trees and up the hill side.

I wasn't the only one with a camera.

We stopped to admire the views at various points of the climb. It was much clearer in real life, but we could see Ireland from the above viewpoint.
When is a tree not a tree?
When it's a telecommunications mast!
That's not a bad disguise.
And here it is, Alberts Tower. Along with a crop of undisguised telecommunications masts.

When we looked out, just where DD Kay is stood we could see the whole of the North of the island and Scotland, away on the horizon.
Look Mummy, you can see our house!! LOL (I'll let you guess!)
We walked around the tower and the foot path continued across the fields to an old farm house.

After walking down the farm track we crossed the road. (Part of the TT course) and on to another foot path. This is where we stopped for lunch.

We continued down the hill to the reservoir. Ramsey has only a small reservoir, with most of our water coming from the Sulby damn.
We still treat and use the water gathered here though. This building houses the treatment works.
As you can see, we're at the top of the damn, we walked around the reservoir.

I did say it's only small!
Spring is in the air.

All around the water there are tiny streams and rivers, with their bridges.

When we got to the top end I looked back and could just see England out on the horizon.

More bridges and streams.

I think Joe explored every inch of the place.
Always we stayed on the foot paths.

Well, most of the time! Some times some one had to act his shoe size though!! LOL

You have to admit, it does look like fun. I remember sledging down the damn on a plastic sack!
Joe slid down on his belly. His clothes are in the washing machine as I type.

From the damn we walked down the access road and crossed a busy road and into Ballure Walk.

Then we crossed the electric tram lines.

Where we came in to a garden, which sits atop some cliffs.

We looked out over the sea and planned another walk out to that head land over there.

The path through the garden leads down through a pretty glen and across a small river.

Underneath the arches.
And tide permitting..............
Out onto the beach.

We had a little time to waste if we wanted to let the tide go down and allow us to walk back to town along the beach, so we turned south, where the kids found a cave.
We walked until we ran out of beach.

Then headed home across the drying sands.
Phew, I'm exhausted, time for a cuppa.
Of course all of this means I didn't knit or sew a single stitch all day.
Maybe later.
1) Beautiful countryside
2) Beautiful coast lines
3) Beautiful weather.


black bear cabin said...

totally awesome...i enjoyed your walk!!! looks like a fabulous place to take the new camera...ill have to visit someday! :)

Babooshka said...

I loved this virtual walk. Those arches were one of my first ever photos I took here.

Stina said...

Thanks for the lovely walk on Isle of Man... Just thinking my ancenstors have been running around there... makes the walk even more thanks for showing me/us pictures...
and woohooo... spring has arrived too..:o)

Stephanie said...

Beautiful...I'd get "lost" for hours just enjoying the gorgeousness.

quiltygal said...

Stunning scenery I love your walks Hubby & I took the dog for a long walk yesterday went through some reserves but they are all brown even with some rain but we visited a new wetlands that had been built on wasteground near us ..from the road we thought there was one pond but they have three at the back so we will go back with a camera as we saw herrons !! this in suburbia!!

Luis Portugal said...

It has a nice blog.
Sorry not write more, but my English is bad writing.
A hug from my country, Portugal

Gina E. said...

Lovely pictures, Loulee! I had to laugh at the communications tower dressed as a tree - do you have those stupid greenies over there too? Our local council had to disguise the towers in our shire too, as gum trees, no less.

Ali Honey said...

I just loved that walk! I especially liked seeing the views when Scotland and England were in the far distance - sort of put you where I imagined!

Love the idea of disguising the towers ....might have to suggest they do that over here.