Permanent Tourist

The personal website of Mark Howells-Mead

Posts about coast

  • My main photographic focus in June was our trip to Brittany in north-western France.

  • Instagram is where the audience is, but not every photo is suitable for Instagram. Highly-detailed images get lost amongst the pouting girls and gaudy sunsets. These photos deserve to be viewed larger.

  • Piles of sand

    Piles of sand

    The joy of paragliding at the Dune du Pilat in France.

  • Shop fronts in La Spezia, Italy

    Black-and-white photos from wanderings in the Italian Cinque Terre.

  • One has to wonder what happened in the Devon seaside town of Seaton to bring it from a self-touted “artisanal haven” to its current dilapidated state.

  • Black-and-white photos from wanderings in the Italian Cinque Terre.

  • Black-and-white photos from wanderings in the Italian Cinque Terre.

  • Sandbanks and Poole harbour in Dorset

    A small community on the British coast, near Poole in Dorset, is a prime piece of land. Measuring just eighty-eight metres at its narrowest point, the peninsula is amongst the most expensive pieces of real estate in the world, after cities like London and Tokyo.

  • The Jurassic Coast

    Mattia Bicchi smashes it out of the park again with this wonderful time-lapse video of the Jurassic Coast in the south of England.

  • Burgh Island, off the coast of Devon, was re-christened by Agatha Christie in 1941 for her famous Hercule Poirot novel “Evil Under The Sun”.

  • Lizard Point, Cornwall

    As time goes on, we’re getting to see more and more new parts of the U.K. One goal we’ve set ourselves is to visit all of the most remote corners of the British “mainland”, as well as more remote spots on outlying islands when we can. We’ve already visited John o’Groats and Dunnet Head –…

  • Tintagel, Cornwall

    I was a little disappointed that the “castle” at Tintagel was little more than a few bits of wall at the coast. (I suppose I have been spoiled by the castle ruins at Dunnottar and Tantallon.) Our walk along the coast path, doing battle with the wind, was lovely anyway, with foxgloves (a memory from…

  • Trebarwith Strand, Cornwall

    We recently spent a lovely couple of weeks on holiday, touring the south of England and spending a full week in Cornwall. On arrival at the self-catering cottage we’d booked, we chose to make things easy for ourselves and head to the Port William Inn for a pub dinner in one of the few buildings at the seaward…

  • Brora, Scotland

    Brora beach

    A winter visit to the large beach at Brora, in the far north of Scotland.

  • Aerial sequence of Brighton’s West Pier

    Filmed by Sam Moore of Visual Air, these are touching sequences of a structure which can’t be much longer for this world.

  • Secret Britain

    Secret Britain

    A new BBC travel programme seeks out lesser-known spots in the British Isles, starting this evening.

  • An unexpected water spout on the boat journey between Ischia, Capri and Positano in Italy.

  • Seven Sisters

    One of the most iconic pieces of landscape in the world is the stretch of white chalk cliffs along the south coast of England. Visible from many miles away when arriving by sea, the cliffs are one of the most famous symbols of England and its independence. The white cliffs are most often referred to…

  • As part of our travels in Britain – in particular since Jo’s parents moved to the northern part of Scotland – I’ve wanted to visit the far extremes of the islands. I’ve decided to make do with the mainland destinations first, as they’re within comparatively easy reach. Jo and I made it to the end…

  • If you’re heading along the A9 across the Cromarty Bridge in Scotland when the tide is out, you’ll see a number of blackened stumps sticking out of the mud of the estuary just next to the Ardullie roundabout for Dingwall. There is more of a history to them than you might think: they aren’t just random…

  • Just up the coast from the collapsing cliffs in East Yorkshire is the more solid mass of Flamborough Head, one of the northernmost sections of chalk which thread their way up from the south coast of England to the north. As the tide was out when I visited, I headed for the beach to inspect…