Situated on the western slopes of the Conwy valley in the parish of Caerhun, Rowen takes its name from the River Roe, and has won several tidiest village awards. Given many previous – and still ongoing lockdown situations – its local walking only, but we’re fortunate to be able to enjoy this pretty village from our doorstep, despite the pub garden being closed! A collection of cottages, barns, and other points of village interest as opposed to my usual landscapes.
According to legend, Beddgelert is the resting place of Gelert, the faithful hound of the medieval Welsh Prince, Llewelyn the Great. Sadly, the story is not actually true. Although Llywelyn was a real prince, born in 1173, the dog was a fanciful addition and a masterstroke of marketing by a shrewd businessman. It can lay claim to being something of a photographers honeypot though, being blessed with churches, bridges, cottages, mountains, and the pretty river Glaslyn. The terrace of copper miner’s cottages date from around 1850. The nearby Sygun copper mine closed in 1903.
Malhamdale in the Yorkshire Dales has some of the most spectacular examples of limestone scenery in the whole of the National Park. Walking routes are abundant in and around Malham village; taking in Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and the waterfall, Janet’s Foss. Inspired by this area, Wordsworth wrote two poems called ‘Pure Elements of Water’. John Ruskin referred to the area in ‘Prosperina’ of 1875. The scenery of Malhamdale also inspired Charles Kingsley to write ‘The Water Babies’.
Lower Slaughter is a village in the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire, England, 4 miles south west of Stow-on-the-Wold. The village is built on both banks of the River Eye, a slow-moving stream crossed by two footbridges, which also flows through Upper Slaughter. The name Slaughter stems from the old English name for wet land, which means muddy place. Both villages sits by the Eye stream and are known for their unspoilt limestone cottages in the traditional Cotswold style.