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Mow Cop Castle September 2015

IMG_20150919_145842657At Mow Cop, the folly offers 360-degree views of the Staffordshire moorlands and the Cheshire Plain.

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It’s the southernmost outcrop in Cheshire of hard sandstone grit, rising 355m above sea level.

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Excavations at Mow Cop have found querns dating back to the Iron Age.

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Mow Cop and its folly are central images in Alan Garner’s novel, Red Shift.

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Mow Cop is an isolated village which straddles the Cheshire–Staffordshire border, and is divided between the North West and West Midlands regions of England.

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At its highest point stands a mock tower that was built as a summer house in 1754 by Randle Wilbraham, the local Lord of the Manor.

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This tower is visible for miles around and is a major landmark visited throughout the year. Interestingly, it was the location for the first Primitive Methodist service in 1807.

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Directions from:  London , Manchester , Liverpool

Car park postcode: ST7 3PA

The Cloud and Mow Cop are designated as RIGS (Regionally Important Geological Sites).

Toilets: Please note there are no toilets at Mow Cop Castle.

References: Thanks to National Trust and Wikipedia

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Balkan Highway 2012 – Skopje, Ohrid, Corfu, Meteora, Thessaloniki

  Skopje is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Macedonia. It is the country’s political, cultural, economic, and academic center. It was known in the Roman period under the name Scupi.

 

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Mount Vodno as seen from the Stone Bridge.

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The Archeological Museum

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Old Bazaar

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Warrior on a Horse Fountain

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Macedonia Square

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Vllage Bar skopje by night

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Kiwi Vine – Ohrid

  Ohrid is a city in the Republic of Macedonia and the seat of Ohrid Municipality. It is the largest city on Lake Ohrid and the eighth-largest city in the country, with over 42,000 inhabitants as of 2002. Ohrid is notable for once having had 365 churches, one for each day of the year, and has been referred to as a “Jerusalem (of the Balkans)”. The city is rich in picturesque houses and monuments, and tourism is predominant. It is located southwest of Skopje, west of Resen and Bitola. In 1979 and in 1980 respectively, Ohrid and Lake Ohrid were accepted as Cultural and Natural World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.     Ohrid is one of only 28 sites that are part of UNESCO’s World Heritage that are Cultural as well as Natural sites.

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Ohrid by night

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Ohrid Lake

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