James Bowyer Profile

From the North of England, became interested in World Heritage Sites just before all international travel was banned in early 2020 - what luck!

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Lake District

James Bowyer United Kingdom - 04-Oct-22

Lake District

The Lake District is a place of superlatives for England – it’s biggest and most visited national park, it’s tallest mountain (Scafell Pike), it’s deepest lake (Wastwater), it’s largest lake by surface area (Windermere), and it’s wettest inhabited place (Seathwaite). The World Heritage Site, inscribed in 2017, is contiguous with the borders of the much older national park, which was established in 1951. If the phrase ‘national park’ gives images of untamed wilderness, think again as the Lakes have been a popular tourist destination since the 18th Century and so a significant amount of infrastructure is in place to support all these visitors

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Maritime Greenwich

James Bowyer United Kingdom - 29-Sep-22

Maritime Greenwich

I have been to Greenwich twice now and greatly enjoyed both visits. It is readily accessible from two of London’s other WHS and, appropriately for a maritime site, the quickest way from Westminster to Greenwich is often using the river bus along the Thames. It is also a short jaunt on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) from the Tower Gateway station, near the Tower of London, to Cutty Sark station, which lies just outside the core zone. The railway line travels beneath the towering skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, for many years the tallest in the UK, and the Georgian elegance of Greenwich is an intriguing clash to the giant pillars of steel and glass across the river. There is a foot tunnel under the river linking both sides that was opened in 1902 and is still operational

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Dorset and East Devon Coast

James Bowyer United Kingdom - 23-Jul-22

Dorset and East Devon Coast

This was almost certainly the first World Heritage Site I ever visited, on a family holiday to Devon aged two. Therefore, I have always ticked it off on my list despite having no memory of it and so, decades later, sought to rectify that. This is the only natural site in Britain as things stand, although Scotland’s Flow Country looks set to be nominated in the coming years and the UK has other natural sites at Giant’s Causeway in Ireland and many others spread across its overseas territories

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Saltaire

James Bowyer United Kingdom - 29-Jun-22

Saltaire

Prior to 2001, somebody had clearly identified there was a gap on the list of World Heritage Sites for model villages for workers of the Industrial Revolution. I say this because, in 2001, the UK managed to get three sites inscribed on this theme in the same session: the Derwent Valley Mills, New Lanark, and Saltaire. Of these three, I think Saltaire is by far the weakest. The mills of the Derwent Valley and the model village of New Lanark both have the distinction of being first in their class, which seems a fairly inarguable case for OUV even if the visiting experience can be fairly mediocre

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New Lanark

James Bowyer United Kingdom - 29-Jun-22

New Lanark

The easiest way to reach New Lanark is through the old Lanark, which apparently dates back to at least 1140 as a market town during the reign of King David I. Today, Lanark has a railway station that lies at the end of a spur off one of the many lines that link Glasgow and Edinburgh. There is a half-hourly service from Glasgow Central but, due to the layout of the track, no trains can travel down to Lanark from the east so travelling from Edinburgh requires a change at Motherwell as I did. Lanark is a pleasant enough town but there isn’t a great deal to do or see there so I walked through it quickly and made my way along the roads to New Lanark, which only took about 30 minutes to reach the outskirts of

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Name
James Bowyer
Country
United Kingdom
Most Impressive
Historic Centre of Brugge
Proposal
Chernobyl Exclusion Zone/Polesie State Radioecological Reserve

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