Tag Archives: Northwest England

Flight Views: Lake District, England In An Autogyro

There is a certain ecstasy in flight. Travel with no constraints of speed, boundary or traffic, surmounting geography without effort, looking down like a god or a hawk.

Country Life, August 28, 2021

The best place to do this is the Lake District, where I went in June. Modern autogyros (also called gyrocopters) are usually slender aircraft about 3ft wide and 15ft long.

They have no wings. Instead, an unpowered rotor provides lift and a small engine and propeller at the back give forward speed.

Recent video of Lake District autogyro flight:

The delights of our flight were marvellous: floating buoyant in the summer air, deftly absorbing or avoiding updrafts and downdrafts, thrumming softly over the tapestry of lakes and fells, skimming steep, dun-coloured slopes or the meadows where poets wandered, Ruskin enthused and Beatrix Potter conjured small animals to human life.

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Top Drives: Hardknott Pass & Cumbria, England

Hardknott Pass is a hill pass between Eskdale and the Duddon Valley in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England. The tarmac-surfaced road, which is the most direct route from the central Lake District to West Cumbria, shares the title of steepest road in England with Rosedale Chimney Bank in North Yorkshire.

Cumbria is a ceremonial and non-metropolitan county in North West England. The county and Cumbria County Council, its local government, came into existence in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972. Cumbria’s county town is Carlisle, in the north of the county. 

Aerial Views: Blackpool – Northwest England (4K)

Blackpool is a seaside resort on the Irish Sea coast of England. It’s known for Blackpool Pleasure Beach, an old-school amusement park with vintage wooden roller coasters. Built in 1894, the landmark Blackpool Tower houses a circus, a glass viewing platform and the Tower Ballroom, where dancers twirl to the music of a Wurlitzer organ. Blackpool Illuminations is an annual light show along the Promenade. 

Walking Tours: ‘Chester’ – Northwest England (4K)

Chester is a city in northwest England, founded as a Roman fortress in the 1st century A.D. It’s known for its extensive Roman walls made of local red sandstone. In the old city, the Rows is a shopping district distinguished by 2-level covered arcades and Tudor-style half-timber buildings. A Roman amphitheatre, with ongoing excavations, lies just outside the old city’s walls. 

Video timeline: Timeline: 0:00​ Chester Cathedral 8:00​ Northgate Street 11:00​ City Walls 17:30​ Eastgate Clock 19:00​ City Center to Roman Amphitheatre 23:30​ Chester Roman Amphitheatre 27:30​ St John Street 29:00​ Eastgate Street / Watergate St 34:00​ West of the Old Town 38:00​ Back into the Old Town 41:00​ Pepper Street / Grosvenor Shopping Centre 44:00​ Eastgate Street 45:00​ Frodsham Street 47:30​ Along the Canal 48:30​ Walking Towards the Railway Station 50:00​ Brooke Street 55:00​ Chester Station