Ahoy there Fellow Adventurers! Welcome to another quick installment of the ‘Maddie Templeton Maritime History’ series. On this day, October the 21st in 1805, two imposing armadas fought for control of the seas - the combined French and the Spanish fleets on one side, and the Royal Navy on the other. The battle would result… Continue reading On this day – England Expects…
Ahoy there Fellow Adventurers! Welcome to another quick installment of the 'Maddie Templeton's Maritime History' series. On this day in 1758 an English national hero was born, none other than Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté) - Yes him, that bloke off the column! An outstanding sailor and commander, he is most remembered… Continue reading On this day – Happy Birthday Nelson!
Greetings Fellow Adventurers! What with one thing and another, we’ve not had the chance to take Ratty out for an adventure drive over the summer, but thankfully last Saturday we were able to change that. Heading south, we visited Portchester Castle (near Portsmouth) followed by a few hours at Stokes bay near Gosport. Our last… Continue reading A Day by the Sea
Greetings Fellow Adventurers! Today we finished off our walk from Conwy to Caernarfon, and finished with a visit to the magnificent Caernarfon Castle. For a fuller report on what we got up to - my wife has written another of her excellent posts about it here! As it stands we had a nice last yomp along… Continue reading Welsh Castle Quest day 12 – Caernarfon Castle
Greetings Fellow Adventurers! Today we continued our walk between Conwy and Caernarfon, and logged up a pretty respectable double digit mileage. One of the things we noticed along the way was a large island to one side of Anglesey. Puffin island or Ynys Seiriol in Welsh, is an uninhabited private island of about 69… Continue reading Welsh Castle Quest Day 10 – Pengu… Pelica… Potato… PUFFIN Island!
Greetings Fellow Adventurers! Over the last few days we've been wandering from Rhuddlan and Rhyl over to Conwy, making the most of the weather and enjoying the wonderful landscapes and sights on offer... And because no post about the seaside would be complete without a Gull - here's the Herring Gull that helped us eat… Continue reading Welsh Castle Quest Days 7 & 8 – Rhyl to Conwy, wonderful landscapes!
Greetings my Fellow Adventurers! I'm going to take a quick break from Wales today for another of... 'Maddie Templeton's Maritime History Posts' On this day in 1845 the SS Great Britain, then the worlds biggest ship, set sail on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to cross the Atlantic. Captained by James Hosken and carrying 45… Continue reading On This Day, 26th July 1845 – SS Great Britain sets sail!
Greetings Fellow Adventurers! Today saw us completing the last leg of the Dee Estuary. In true quest form, we had the endurance test of the heat, but with some shade and the coastal breeze we just about coped. For most of the walks on this holiday, we were following the Welsh Coastal Path (WCP) -… Continue reading Welsh Castle Quest Day 4 – Goodbye Dee
Greetings my Fellow Adventurers! Today saw us set out from Chester Castle and advance into Wales along the Dee Estuary. Walking at a pace that would have made the Roman Army pause for breath - we managed a 15 mile incursion in less than 5 hours! The countryside along the Dee was a lot nicer… Continue reading Welsh Castle Quest Day 2 – The Templeton Invasion of Wales!
Greetings Fellow Adventurers! Whilst packing for our upcoming Welsh castle adventure, I went into my nautical-mad daughter's bedroom to find some bits for her suitcase. However what I actually found was a display she'd put together as a tribute to the memory of Mary Rose, and the hundreds of crewmen lost when she sank. Maddie… Continue reading On this day 1545 – A Tragedy at Sea.