England

1 07 2015

We returned from England a couple of weeks ago after visiting relatives and friends, with a total of four caches found, three of which were earthcaches. What a disappointment! It was not through getting a huge number of DNF’s but because my non-geocaching partner was with me and focus was on other things. We stayed in Harrogate (North Yorkshire) at what could be nearly termed Fawlty Towers but the breakfast was really great. There was no coffee machine but a hoard of Manuel’s who ran (literally) around with pots of tea and coffee, often coming to us to take our order long after we had eaten our breakfast.

A real English breakfast. Just look at the cholesterol oozing out.

A real English breakfast. Just look at the cholesterol oozing out.

We didn’t hunt for any caches in Harrogate but that is where I found my second cache of all time and first cache in England back in 2003 Pump house (N Yorks).

As we flew into and out of Manchester airport we decided to spent a day there before leaving for home as it is a place I know very little about. A quick look at the geocaching map for the area showed that there were relatively few caches in the city centre but they included thirteen earthcaches.and left to my own devices I would have attempted more if not all of them.

Relatively few caches in Manchester

Relatively few caches in Manchester

The earthcaches were all in Manchester’s CBD and focussed on the building materials found there.

The Stone that built Manchester – Town Hall

Manchester town hall and weathering of the ornaments

Manchester town hall and weathering of the ornaments

A Red pub by one of the railway stations

A Red pub by one of the railway stations

Another red building just up the road from the pub.

Another red building just up the road from the pub.

Manchester Marble…. The Touchstone.

Carrara Marble in the touchstone

Carrara Marble in the touchstone

Euhedral Crystals

Midland Hotel - another red building

Midland Hotel – another red building

ShapGranite

ShapGranite

Most of the buildings are red, either brick or granite and sandstone. Without the earthcaches I would not have paid much attention to the building materials but it was fun to learn that some of the more decorative material was Shap granite. I used to visit the Lake District as a teenage geologist together with a mate and Shap was a prime target for our visits. Now it is a protected site and rocks cannot be removed any longer.

Not all buildings are red. This new glass building is the football museum

Not all buildings are red. This new glass building is the football museum

Manchester has an industrial heritage and to many it still looks like a dirty relic from the Victorian era but for anyone interested in industrial architecture it’s a gold mine.

One of  the many canals in the city centre

One of the many canals in the city centre

The canals are becoming an integral part of the new Manchester centre

The canals are becoming an integral part of the new Manchester centre

Brick and rivetted steel railway viaducts

Brick and rivetted steel railway viaducts

We also visited the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) which housed a diverse array of technical objects. There are too many photos to add here. It was well worth the visit. Entrance is free but donations are eagerly taken.

Outdoor exhibits at MOSI: Replica of the locomotive "Planet" and "Bolton"

Outdoor exhibits at MOSI: Replica of the locomotive “Planet” and “Bolton”

Indoor exhibits at MOSI: The Avro 707 prototype of the Avro Vulcan, now in it's last year of flying.

Indoor exhibits at MOSI: The Avro 707 prototype of the Avro Vulcan, now in it’s last year of flying.

In all we had a relaxing week but the lack of focus on geocaching did upset me a little. I can see that I will need to return on my own and spend a few days with Zelger, my geocaching brother and his wife, in a cache rich part of the UK.

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