The best thing about Britain

Is that it’s so easy to leave. At least that’s the view of one recent forum post on another photography website. Somewhat cynical, even for a Brit.

Ice cream van on the coast near Lindisfarne

And plenty of us do, not least because our climate isn’t exactly reliable or generally all that good. Couple that with a desire to experience things that are a little more exotic and unfamiliar, drink cold beer and eat food with flavour and it’s easy to understand why many of us enjoy our foreign travels.

Berwick upon Tweed, notorious for moving between Scotland and England on 13 occasions.  Allegedly after the last change, the Mayor exclaimed “Thank goodness!  I won’t have to put up with any more lousy Scottish Winters”

However a recent all too brief road trip to The Lake District, Scotland, Northumberland and the Yorkshire Moors brought back home some of the joys of staying at home. I’m sure I’m not alone in probably spending as much vacation time travelling outside the UK as I do within it, and this trip left me wondering why – although escaping from our broken politics for a couple of weeks is certainly one strong motivator.

Coniston Water on a busy Bank Holiday weekend

You can see from the photographs that we were certainly lucky with the weather, erm thanks to global warming, and by keeping off motorways and planning routes along smaller roads we had a fabulous time. The scenery is both beautiful and varied (no USA-style driving spending hours going through landscapes that barely change) and it’s surprising how empty parts of our little overcrowded island actually are.

En route through the Trossachs, Scotland

A few more images…

The Lake District

Heading away from Near Sawrey

Esthwaite Water
Looking towards the Langdales



Views from the Gourock Ferry as we left Dunoon

Loch Fyne
Lachlan Castle

Berwick and nearby

Norham Castle

Road to Lindisfarne – source of much amusement to locals when tourist idiots in SUVs think they can cross when they can’t

North Yorkshire/Goathland

The Mallyon Spout

A couple of panoramas….

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UK Road Trip-19
Views towards the Langdales

So all in all a lovely scenic trip. Not only that, but also – particularly for those who’ve heard different from foreign climes, some very good food too. I think I may need to do some more of this staycation malarkey.


By Jon Schick

Hertfordshire-based, I work for the National Health Service but try and fit in some photography on a regular basis. Not so much during the recent lockdown era, but here's hoping things can only get better in 2021....

2 replies on “The best thing about Britain”

Thanks Michael for your kind words. The photos were a mix from the LX100ii plus a Leica M…I don’t tend to draw attention to that one but the images I get from it do have a lovely look. I don’t know where you emigrated to buy the clocks just changed here and we’re heading for UK winter gloom so on balance I think you may be in a good place! Cheers, Jon


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