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Wild violets at Loudon Hill, Scotland

This evening, I am reporting on today’s small group hike around the Irvine Valley and Loudon Hill  in Ayrshire, S.W. Scotland a prominent geological feature on the local landscape which is positioned in a direct line south of Glasgow and just three miles from Darvel.

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Effigy of Robert Neville at Brancepeth Church. Died 1319.

Today was characterised by unseasonally low temperatures, rain and a hint of snow in mid-afternoon.

We departed our lodgings in York after breakfast and drove north to the village of Brancepeth in County Durham.Prime purpose of this visit was to connect with the formerly prominent Neville family. We parked close to the huge castle which is still privately owned, not a visitor attraction, and then visited the adjacent Parish Church dedicated to St Brandon.

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Roman baths at Bath, England

This morning, we departed our lodgings near Bath, England and transferred into Bath to visit the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey and avail of refreshments at Sally Lunn’s, a historic building and eatery dating from the 15th century.

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