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Joshua Paul Gardner®  Copyright 2018
 

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Discover Adventure - Cornish Coastal Challenge

 

This beautiful weekend trek follows the dramatic coastline of North Cornwall. The landscapes are spectacular, with rugged cliffs, hidden coves and old fishing villages forming a beautiful backdrop to the blue sea. This is a tough weekend challenge, but a spectacular and inspiring experience which will give you an unforgettable sense of achievement!

Discover Adventure - Snowdonia Training Weekend

 

Most famous for Mt Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales at 1085m, our challenging weekend trek takes us not only to Snowdon’s peak, but traverses other mountains and valleys in the National Park – providing a relevant, rewarding experience on a range of terrain and gradients.

Sssshhhh The Secret Yurts - Our Little Secret In The Heart Of Mid-Wales

 

Ssssshhhhhh…you are about to uncover a secret: hidden away from the world in the Welsh countryside, our luxury yurts are a perfect opportunity to get back to nature. Each of our three bespoke yurts has that wow king-size bed with sumptuous bedding, dressing gowns and towels are all provided along with plenty of lanterns and candles, logs for the log-burner to keep things toastie and lots of twinkly fairy lights.

Welcome to Palé Hall - Country House Hotel & Restaurant in North Wales

Grand historic house in North Wales Exclusive, independently-owned country house hotel. A warm welcome, luxurious accommodation, tranquil surroundings.  Palé Hall is a destination for quiet retreat, comfort and culinary indulgence. Situated in the tranquil Dee valley this grand, historic, high Victorian mansion has an idyllic woodland garden rolling down to the banks of the river.  The hotel features eighteen luxurious, individually styled bedrooms with sumptuous décor, each with a beautifully appointed bathroom.  Expect to enjoy exceptional standards of service in a friendly, informal and relaxing atmosphere. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Discover Adventure - Yorkshire Three Peaks Weekend

 

This region was shaped by glaciers many thousands of years ago, and there are plenty of geological landmarks – striking limestone outcrops and unusual rock formations – to pique our interest as we walk. We will also see the famous Ribblehead Viaduct enroute, part of the scenic Settle to Carlisle railway line. This is an extremely tough event over hilly landscapes; at 24 miles it forms an enormous challenge for walkers.

Discover Adventure - Snowdon By Night

 

Snowdonia National Park in North Wales is synonymous with beautiful, rugged landscapes and wonderful trekking and outdoor pursuits. The highest mountain in Wales at 1085m, its Welsh name is Yr Wyddfa, reputedly the burial place of a mythical giant. A popular summit trek by day-time, it forms a real challenge by night. Standing at the summit by moonlight will be an unforgettable experience, as will seeing the sunrise from the mountain slopes. As we descend, we will be able to see the spectacular landscapes open up before us as the day grows lighter. We celebrate our huge achievement with a slap-up breakfast!

Discover Adventure - Jurassic Coast Weekend

 

Stretching 95 miles between Old Harry Rocks in Dorset, to Orcombe Point in East Devon, the Jurassic Coast – England’s first Natural World Heritage Site – is the most geologically diverse coastline in the world. The exposed cliff sections allow you to look back through 185 million years of time; dinosaur remains have been found here, and it’s a fossil-hunter’s paradise. With a more recent history of mining, shipwrecks and smuggling, this is a fascinating stretch of coastline. We take in some of its most spectacular scenery, from the renowned natural stone archway of Durdle Door to the beautiful circular Lulworth Cove, as we continually climb and descend the steep hills of the Jurassic Coast

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BRINGING STORIES TO LIFE WITH VIDEO

 

'Aerial Adventure' is a short film series, It's exactly what it says it is. Join me on my endeavours and see the world from a whole new perspective. To me they act as nostalgic video diary entries and I hope you can feel the adventure and emotion that is present in all of them.

 

 

EPISODE 1 // Cheddar Gorge

 

Cheddar Gorge is one of England's most iconic and spectacular landscapes. At almost 400 feet deep and three miles long, this is England’s largest gorge, and with its weathered crags and pinnacles, one of our most spectacular natural sights.

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EPISODE 2 // Snowdon Summit via Crib Goch

 

Crib Goch is described as a "knife-edged" arête in the Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd, Wales. The name means "red ridge" in the Welsh language. This is some of the best grade 1 scrambling you can get in the country, the highest point on the arête is 923 metres (3,028 ft) above sea level.

EPISODE 3 // Lake Vyrnwy

 

Lake Vyrnwy just on the edge of The Snowdonia National Park and south of Lake Bala, Lake Vyrnwy is set amidst the remote and beautiful Berwyn Mountains. With spectacular waterfalls, and unspoilt open countryside. Lake Vyrnwy is a reservoir, built in the 1880s to supply Liverpool with fresh water. The Lake is such a beautiful location, the mountains embrace a lake containing some twelve billion gallons of water resulting in scenery reminiscent of the Alps.

EPISODE 4 // Llandudno

 

Llandudno is a seaside resort, town and community in Conwy County Borough, Wales, located on the Creuddyn peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea. The Victorians and Edwardians loved Llandudno – they called it the Queen of the Welsh Resorts, and graced it with some of the most elegant seaside architecture in Britain. You can delve further into the past at our 4000 year old copper mine or the medieval castle at Conwy. 

EPISODE 5 // South Stack Lighthouse

The South Stack Lighthouse is built on the summit of a small island off the north-west coast of Holy Island, Anglesey, Wales. It was built in 1809 to warn ships of the dangerous rocks below. The historic South Stack Lighthouse is located on a small island reached via a descent of 400 steps down the steep mainland cliffs. Visitors may tour the former lighthouse engine room before climbing to the top of the lighthouse. South Stack is a wonderful place to watch thousands of breeding seabirds including guillemots, razorbills and puffins

EPISODE 6 // Cadair Idris via Cyfrwy Arete 

Cadair Idris is a mountain in Gwynedd, Wales, which lies at the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park near the town of Dolgellau. The peak, which is one of the most popular in Wales. There are numerous legends about Cadair Idris. Some nearby lakes are supposed to be bottomless, and anyone who sleeps on its slopes alone will supposedly awaken either a madman or a poet. This tradition (of sleeping on the summit of the Mountain) apparently stems from bardic traditions, where bards would sleep on the mountain in hope of inspiration.

EPISODE 7 // North Norfolk Coast

 

North Norfolk is renowned for its spectacular coastline, fantastic wildlife, miles of glorious beaches, seaside communities and a beautiful hinterland of rolling countryside and picturesque market towns and villages.

 

I consider myself extremely lucky to have grown up in such a truly stunning and diverse landscape and sadly started to take it for granted as I grew older.

EPISODE 8 // North Norfolk Railway - Poppy Line

 

The Poppy Line, also known as the North Norfolk Railway, is a beautifully and lovingly run Heritage Steam Railway that gives you the chance to lose yourself to nostalgia and forces you to just sit back and enjoy the ​slower pace of life that once was!

92203 was built in 1959 by British Railways and allocated to heavy iron ore trains on Merseyside. The engine was withdrawn in 1967 and purchased by David Shepherd, who named the locomotive Black Prince.

EPISODE 9 // Winnats Pass - Peak District

I spent a beautiful crisp August morning watching the sunrise over the Hope Valley and exploring the dramatic limestone pinnacles of the Winnats Pass.

 

Winnats Pass (or just Winnats as it is shown on some Ordnance Survey maps) is a hill pass and limestone gorge in the Peak District of Derbyshire, England.

EPISODE 10 // Blencathra Via Sharp Edge - Lake District 

 

Blencathra Via Sharp Edge // Aerial Adventure // Episode 10 // Lake District One of the most exciting and feared ridge walks in Britain. Blencathra is a unique mountain sitting at the far northern edge of the Lake District National Park. 

 

Leaving at 1oclock in the morning, I drove through the night and reached the bottom of the mountain at 05:30. One of the benefits of this time of year is that sunrise wasn't until 08:00 which gave me a couple of hours to make my up to the summit.

EPISODE 11 // The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

I've recently just returned home after a beautiful week in the Lake District, exploring the autumn colours and enjoying my self in the mountains. During a busy half term week, I managed to escape the crowds and headed down to the southern end of the park and spent the day bumbling around the Leven Valley.

Established in 1973 The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway travels through the tranquil scenery of the Leven Valley in the heart of the Lake District. 

EPISODE 12 // Paragliding Old Hunstanton

 

 I headed up to the north Norfolk coast late September, checking the forecast I saw the weather was looking perfect I made my way down to Old Hunstanton to catch the sunset. Famous for its red and white striped cliffs it's the perfect place to watch the sun sink below the waves.

 

While photographing the coast I bumped into a couple of paragliders enjoying themselves above the cliffs. After a quick word and realising that we live in the same village, they allowed me to join them in the sky.

 

'Little Escape' is a series of short 1 minute films, capturing some unique & beautiful locations around the world. Take a sixty-second break and go on your very own little escape.

 

 

EPISODE 1 // Tŷ Coch Inn

 

The Tŷ Coch Inn is arguably the best pub in Wales and Officially in the top ten beach bars in the world... It is situated in the village of Porthdinllaen near Morfa Nefyn, Gwynedd, on the north coast of the Lleyn peninsular. With views across the Irish Sea to The Rivals and a sandy beach on its doorstep what better way to while away the hours.

EPISODE 2 // Penmon Point

 

The beach at Penmon Point has a real ends of the earth feel to it. This is not the sort of beach you will find deck chairs for hire and ice-creams for sale, it is remote and rugged. That said there is a small cafe above the beach. To the eastern end of the stretch of pebble beach is a rocky outcrop upon which sits Trwyn Du Lighthouse standing between Dinmor Point and Ynys Seriol, or Puffin Island, marking the passage between the two islands.

EPISODE 4 // Pistyll Rhaeadr

 

Pistyll Rhaeadr is often referred to as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. The waterfall is formed by the Afon Disgynfa falling in three stages over a 240-foot cliff-face, into the Afon Rhaeadr below. At 240ft (80m) high it is Britain's tallest single-drop waterfall. Tan-y-Pistyll – meaning little house under the waterfall is where the tea room is located, here you can supply a welcome cup of tea, snack or meal with a lovely view of the waterfall.

EPISODE 5 // Conwy Castle

 

Conwy Castle is a medieval fortification in Conwy, on the north coast of Wales. It was built by Edward I, during his conquest of Wales, between 1283 and 1289. Constructed as part of a wider project to create the walled town of Conwy.

EPISODE 6 // Castle Acre

 

Castle Acre, a tranquil rural village in Norfolk, boasts an extraordinary wealth of history. It is a rare and complete survival of a Norman planned settlement, including a castle, village, parish church and one of the best-preserved monastic sites in England, Castle Acre Priory. Castle Acre itself was once a fortified town and still possesses one of its gates, the Bailey Gate. When first established, Castle Acre was one of the finest examples of Norman town planning in the country, and much of this can still be seen.

EPISODE 7 // Wells-Next-The-Sea

 

Wells is one of the most attractive towns on the North Norfolk Coast. From the long sweeping beach bordered by pine woodland, along the gentle harbour with small fishing boats and children fishing for crabs, past the shops on Staithe Street with not a chain store in sight, to the tree-lined park with its fine Georgian houses, quiet pubs and restaurants - Wells is an unspoiled seaside destination, waiting to be discovered. 

EPISODE 8 // Cromer Pier

 

Cromer is well known for its pier which has a lifeboat station and Pavilion Theatre, home to the UK’s only remaining traditional end of the pier variety show. The pier is an enduring example of a Victorian building, having withstood many storms and tidal surges.

 

In 1923 Cromer Pier was extended to 500 feet, to create a lifeboat station at the end. This modern RNLI lifeboat station now houses a Tamar class lifeboat and is open to visitors.

EPISODE 9 // Beachy Head

 

Standing Strong, Alone and Proud. Beachy Head Lighthouse is a lighthouse located in the English Channel below Beachy Head in East Sussex. The cliffs are the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162 metres (531 ft) above sea level. The peak allows views of the south-east coast from Dungeness in the east, to Selsey Bill in the west. Its height has also made it one of the most notorious suicide spots in the world.

EPISODE  10 // Old Harry Rocks

 

Old Harry Rocks Standing tall at the southern end of Studland Bay is one of the most famous landmarks on the South Coast – Old Harry.

 

The chalk formations are popularly known as Old Harry Rocks, but the name actually refers to the single stack of chalk standing furthest out to sea. Until 1896 there was another stack known as Old Harry’s Wife, but erosion caused her to tumble into the sea, leaving just a stump.

EPISODE 11 // St Michaels Mount - Cornwall

 

Driving 8hrs through the night for the perfect sunrise. It's always worth making the effort to catch the sunrise, even if in my case it means driving 8hrs through the night. A very last minute phone call and a couple of emails I was heading down to Cornwall for a week. I'd been to the south-west as a child but couldn't remember much apart from the blue sea and sandy beaches. After spending a couple of hours researching a few locations, I knew I wanted to visit St Michaels Mount for sunrise.

EPISODE  10 // Godrevy Lighthouse - Cornwall

 

Simply breathtaking, the best place to watch the sunset in Cornwall. I must say my first sight of Godrevy beach was simply breathtaking, with pale silky soft sands stretching away as far as the eye could see.

 

It was hard not to miss the impressive sight of Godrevy Lighthouse as it stood there, dominantly jutting out into the sea on its tiny island.