01 November 2011

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Transport in all of its forms is our theme for November, and it is hard to think of another aspect of life which has had a more profound impact on our environment.  From footpaths to high speed rail, every journey we make involves travel through or over the landscape, often directly affecting it.  The shape of many of our settlements – from tiny rural villages to our largest cities – has been determined by the routes through and around them: railways, bridges, canals, viaducts and the medieval street patterns which can still be found in many towns throughout the UK.

In November we want you to tell us about your favourite journeys to the ‘end of the line’ – whether the tube in London, which can take you right out to Heathrow Airport or the country town of Chesham, the railway to Penzance or Thurso in the Scottish Highlands, or perhaps just your local bus to the terminus, maybe in a part of town you have never been to before.  We would also like your photos of some of the wonderful iconography associated with transport such as posters, signs, platform benches, maps and street lights, and we would like to hear about your local walking routes on disused roads, railways and canal towpaths.  We will also be featuring some of the rich collections of transport heritage, many of which are so well looked after by members of the Heritage Alliance, and telling you about some of the working heritage you can visit and even ride on.

Keep posting your stories and we look forward to another active and exciting month of Discovering Places.

Lord Grossman, Chair, The Heritage Alliance.

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