A Trip Up North – Formby Red Squirrels & On To Blackpool!

So after being all the way down South in Minehead and Dunster we headed back home to Worcester.

Then all the way up North to Liverpool! We were heading to the Lake District – one of the most beautiful places in the world, but the weather was rather threatening so we decided it might not be a good idea. We hung around Liverpool for a couple of days, I caught up some Uni mates (I studied in Liverpool at John Moores) and we explored the city a bit (checked out the Tate etc.). I didn’t really take any pictures there though as it was nasty and grey, nothing much to take pics of. There was some awesome stuff in Tate though (saw some original Andy Warhol and Picasso!).

After that we headed further up North, our destination Blackpool! An original pleasure beach with tacky shops and what was once the highest rollercoaster in the world! (Pepsi Max – Big One).

We stopped off at a National Park site on the way with a nice beach, a trail and a conservation area for Red Squirrels (which are quite rare) called Formby.

Cute little fellas they are.

Formby Red Squirrel

With big bushy tails!

Formby Red Squirrel

Sadly there was a noisy crowd of kids that came along, so the poor little blighters got scared and ran off. It was a nice place to walk around though.

Peaceful Walk

And some lovely ancient roots.

Ancient Roots

Once out of the forest canopy it was green fields and flowers on the way to the beach.

Yellow Flowers

Then a few more steps and we were greeted by huge sand dunes before the beach.

Footsteps

The British are a hardy lot, you’ll even find them swimming when it’s freezing cold!

Swimming

And doing other stuff like flying kites, making sand-castles and so on.

Flying Kite

You can see miles and miles of sandy beach with choppy water (there’s some decent surfing in UK), and the lines of wind power generators on the horizon out at sea.

Formby Beach

It’s a nice sight as the sun goes down, it’s a bit windy though!

Silhouette

After that we headed up to Blackpool to find a B&B (Bed and Breakfast), more on that soon!

You can find all the posts on my UK trip:

UK Trip – August 2008

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6 Responses to A Trip Up North – Formby Red Squirrels & On To Blackpool!

  1. kevin November 7, 2008 at 11:28 am #

    loved the final shot.

    btw, did you know malaysians eat squirrels?

  2. Mark November 7, 2008 at 11:44 am #

    Man you don’t find cute squirrels like that around here. Most of the time you would see them as rat like looking creatures πŸ˜›

  3. CHOW FC November 7, 2008 at 12:05 pm #

    I had an experience when I was in Aberdeen, Scotland. I went with my classmate and his family to the beach one warm Summer day (and it was still freaking cold). They jumped into the water as if nothing peculiar and I followed suit.

    Its as if I hit a wall of numbing ice and 30,000 volts of electricity at the same time. And when I was dragged out of the water, everything feels so warm or hot eventhough the temperature was at about 10º Celcius.

  4. CindyC November 10, 2008 at 4:22 pm #

    squirrel. !!!

  5. RealGunners November 11, 2008 at 1:51 pm #

    har? you’re LJMUian too?? that makes u my senior =.=

  6. ShaolinTiger November 13, 2008 at 4:43 am #

    kevin: Thanks…and no I didn’t!

    Mark: Hahah yah, these are Red Squirrels though not the ratty common grey squirrel.

    CHOW FC: Yah nutcases aren’t they, it’s bloody freezing.

    CindyC: Cute eh?

    RealGunners: Wah we’re Alumni πŸ™‚