On our trip ‘up north’ one of the things we did was to follow a tour recommended by Motorcycle News to visit some of England’s biggest things. It makes for a great ‘Month in Numbers’! I am linking up with Julie at Notes on Paper.
Here are some of the things we saw/visited:
Cardington Airship Hangars
The largest hangars in England, at 812 feet in length, 180 feet wide, and 157 feet high. They were built in 1915, and were home to the ill fated R101 airship.
Humber Bridge – The largest single span suspension bridge in the world when it was built in 1981. It is now the 7th longest bridge of it’s type.
It has a span of 1410m (Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco 1280m)
It contains 480,000 tonnes of concrete, with a weight of over 87,000 african bull elephants
The distance between towers at top is 36mm more at top than bottom to allow for curvature of earth.
The centre of bridge is designed to swing 4m in high winds!
The Angel of the North
The tallest statue in England, at 20m (66 feet) high and a wingspan of 54m (177 feet). It was designed by Anthony Gormley and made out of weathered steel. It is said that it is the most viewed statue in England, as it lies in view of travellers on the busy roads, A1 and A167 and the busy East Coast train line.
High Force Waterfall
at 21m can’t be the highest waterfall we have to offer can it? According to Wikipedia there are in fact 2 higher waterfalls in England. We had fun trying out different camera settings:
Aperture f29, Speed 1/2 sec (balanced camera on ground, hence it is not very straight!)
Aperture: f4.5, Speed: 1/250sec
We seemed to be forever walking up and down steps on this holiday! One memorable staircase was inside Durham Cathedral – 325 steps to the top, for splendid views across the town.
The North East coast is famous for it’s castles, mostly built in defence from the marauding Vikings from Scandinavia. We visited 2 castles, Durham and Lindesfarne, but saw another 5 from the outside:
Bamburgh, Barnard Castle, Raby, Alnwick and Dunstanburgh.
We were surprised to find out that the sun rose 20 minutes earlier and set 30 minutes later in early July in Durham as compared to down south, here in Worthing! We really noticed how much lighter it was in the evenings.
We had a fabulous trip, really packed in things to do and overall clocked up 1,070 miles on the motorbike.