The Facing Shores of Britain and Ireland

I found this map last week whilst looking for some other maps (see my old posts Getting lost in the world of maps   Lost in the world of maps!    Amazing maps tracking the cargo ships of the world    The Mappa Mundi and the chained library at Hereford Cathedral    May Map Madness  Fantastic Map of The Roman Empire A Multitude of Maps   Messing Around With Maps  )   and i thought it was interesting enough to share.  It shows what country you are facing if you stand on a British beach.

It’s fascinating to see just how many nations we can look out upon from Morocco in North Africa and all the way up over the North Pole to Russia.

I have other map related posts too but I think WordPress is limiting how many I can share on a single post!   My final Map Medlee!    Oh I sneaked in another one by logging out and logging back in.

What country are you facing when on a British beach?

What country are you facing when on a British beach?

Whenever people talk disparagingly about the British weather, it is worth noting that the top islands are parallel with southern Greenland and whenever visitors go there they don’t seem to be upset by cold or unsettled conditions!   If you’re interested in learning why British weather is so complicated then this post is for you Autumn is here or why is weather in Britain so complicated

Other related posts include  Predicting the weather with Old Wives Tales   Are British really obsessed with weather

And the perennial favourite and to many surprising….

Busting the myth of London being a Rainy city

 

 

 

 

About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including a #1 seller, I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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3 Responses to The Facing Shores of Britain and Ireland

  1. Steven I just finished the most incredible book about the history of weather in England, it was honestly one of the best books I’ve ever read. I highly recommend it, as I think this would be right up your alley given these posts… see here

    https://www.alexandraharris.co.uk/books/weatherland

    I have a review coming up on my blog too if you want to follow me back. Cheers 🙂

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    • Thank-you! I have just followed you, your blog looks just my cup of tea and that book looks incredible. I think the weather must have played a key role (along with split from the Catholic Church) in defining the national characteristics to make the small but appreciative difference between the UK and relatively near neighbours in so many parts of life. I can tell that I am going to thoroughly enjoy your blog!

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      • Thanks! I realise you probably don’t have time to read my blog but if you do get the time, I think you will find a lot of interesting history related posts. I am not a proper historian, I guess you could just say I’m a fan of history. On my bucket list of things to do is attending a medieval cultural festival in full costume, as nerdy as that sounds lol. Yeah that book I mentioned Weatherland, the book review will be on my blog on the 10th of March so you should get more detail on it then, definitely one you will like, and possibly want to review on your blog as well. There is a lot there, in terms of the history of weather in England, the romantic poets and all of their flowery prose, Shakespeare and his portrayals of the weather. Cheers 🙂

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