The view across the river Kent in Arnside
Even on a grey wintery day you can’t beat a walk along the front at Arnside. This lovely Lancashire resort has that essential seaside feel but its coastline is actually along the River Kent estuary rather than Morecambe Bay or the Irish Sea. Behind the shore the small town climbs up the steep hill and along the front are quirky shops and great cafes. Arnside is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is surrounded by pretty limestone scenery with no shortage of good walks and we always enjoy a visit here. The railway line comes through Arnside and the 500+ metre long viaduct spans the River Kent.
- Joyce Isbel Lord (1922-2006), A Kind, Gentle, Happy And Much Loved Lady. Whilst The Tides And Seasons Constantly Change, Our Memories Of You Will Always Remain The Same. (With Love From All The Family)
Along the front there are no shortage of benches where you get a chance to sit and watch the tide coming and going, the birds on the mud flats and the trains crossing the river to Grange-over-Sands. I picked this bench out for its thoughtful and moving message, ‘Whilst The Tides and Seasons Constantly Change, Our Memories Of You Will Always Remain The Same.’ This is a message that is perfectly appropriate to its Arnside setting; the coast line of Arnside is a dynamic environment and under that expansive sky the views will change by the hour. The memorial bench also paints an exquisite picture of Joyce Isbel Lord as, ‘A Kind, Gentle, Happy and Much Loved Lady.’
Tissington in Derbyshire is an immaculate and pretty village. With charming stone cottages, a village pond, an avenue of lime trees leading up to the village and a central church it is a lovely place to wander around. Many people visit to see Tissington Hall at the top of the village. This 17th century hall remains as a family home and welcomes visitors at certain times. Tissington is also well known for its wells and its well dressing on ascension day each year when all the village wells are decorated with flowers and many visitors pass through either cycling or walking on the Tissington Trail, 13 miles of old railway line that is now a stunning traffic-free route.
On our summer visit I was exploring the church burial ground looking for the gravestone to the Tissington man who died on the Titanic. Frank Richard Allsop worked on the ship as a saloon steward along with his sister, who was a stewardess. While he lost his life, his sister survived.
While looking around the burial ground I found this lovely bench remembering Constance Anne Emery who died some years ago in 1993. Her bench has a wide open view over the houses of the village and is the best spot to sit and watch village life. Constance Anne Emery is lovingly remembered by her family and / or friends as a woman with a generous spirit and modest needs.
In remembrance of Constance Anne Emery B [born] Derby 1908 D [died] Belper 1993. She asked for little but gave all
Our campervan looking over Stromness
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We last explored Alderley Edge on a sunny day last summer, taking the train to Alderley Edge and walking in to the woodland paths that wind their way around this beautiful area. We climbed to the highest point and paused to take in the wide view across Cheshire. I always find sunshine dappled through green trees uplifting and we sauntered through the woods in a cheerful mood, always finding somewhere new in this magical landscape. This time we found the old copper mines, mined since the bronze age. We had recently visited Alan Garner’s house and how Alderley Edge has shaped his novels was in my mind as we enjoyed the fresh air and peacefulness of a mid-week walk.
In a lovely clearing I came across this wooden bench where the family of Elisabeth (Betty) Bucknell have erected a plaque in her memory. They certainly chose an enchanting and alluring place in which to sit and remember Elisabeth Bucknell.
In Memory of Elisabeth (Bett) Bucknell 1929 – 2012 Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother
Astbury Mere near Congleton is a great spot to call in for a walk. Run by local volunteers, Astbury Mere has a visitor centre, a car park and a good short path of one mile around the mere. There is really no excuse not to visit. This is the site of a former sand quarry which stopped production in the 1980s. When the quarrying stopped local people fought to have access to the land. They now manage the country park and do a wonderful job of encouraging wildlife and visitors.
On our last visit in 2017 I found this memorial bench to Dev Patel which has a lovely view across the water. I wanted to know more about Dev Patel’s story and why he died so young.
Overlooking Astbury Mere
Dev (or Devish) Patel sadly died in 2014 after crashing while riding his motorbike. His wife Becx describes him as an ‘… Amazing man with a kind soul.’ From my research it is clear that Dev Patel is very much loved and missed by his family and friends. Dev Patel was a keen motorcyclist and loved his Honda Blade motorbike, hence the ‘Ride in Peace’ epitaph on the bench. I was moved by the tributes to Dev Patel and also honoured to discover this memorial bench.
Dev Patel 1982 – 2014 Ride in Peace You will always be remembered