The high spots of Lincoln

by Helen Hooker May. 27, 2013 5846 views

Having taken in the exterior of Lincoln Cathedral yesterday evening Kevin and I decided to return there today to see its interior. We spent the morning exploring, starting off in the nave where they were holding an engineering exhibition, complete with three cars - a truly surreal sight inside! We also booked ourselves onto a tour of the Cathedral's central tower. This involved climbing no less than 338 steps up a series of spiral staircases, some of which were incredibly narrow and steep - certainly not a tour suited to anyone who suffers from vertigo or claustrophobia. We took a brief stop in the clock room before ascending to the bell room where we were lucky enough to hear Great Tom, the Cathedral's biggest bell, chime midday. It was absolutely deafening but well worth the effort. However, the highlight was the view from the roof of the tower which was our reward for climbing the final batch of steps. We were lucky enough to be visiting on yet another sunny day and it was possible to see for miles. After a slow descent, from which my knees are still recovering, we collapsed in a nearby coffee shop for lunch before heading down the very aptly named Steep Hill to explore the rest of the city. What a day!

Lincoln Cathedral from the east - this view was in deep shadow when we were here last night.

There are lots of interesting frames within frames inside the Cathedral

Sunshine through the stained glass windows was throwing some beautiful colours onto the stone floor.

You find the strangest sights inside cathedrals sometimes!

It's not often you get to see the top of a Cathedral's organ!

One of the windows in the clock room, about a third of the way up.

The views from the top were magnificent

We just had to take photos of us at the top!

Kevin took this one of me - it was incredibly windy up there!

On the way back down I stopped to take a photo the spiral staircase. These steps were some of the widest we had to climb up and down - some weren't even wide enough for a whole foot!

Steep Hill lives up to its name - it gets even steeper lower down!

Another view of the Cathedral this afternoon. The little girl in pink was having great fun running around on the cobblestones!

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Holly Crocker 7 years, 9 months ago

A beautiful place and you did a wonderful job getting all the amazing angles! It was nice seeing you, looks a bit windy. :)

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Antonio Gil 7 years, 9 months ago

The cathedral builders were amazing architects. What a wonderful post.

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Gillian Parsons 7 years, 9 months ago

The street scene goes to my favs and I spy a Teashop great series Helen.

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Ann Garratty 7 years, 9 months ago

That's quite a feat going up all those stairs... well done, but the view was certainly worth it...

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Josy 7 years, 9 months ago

A happy stroll, and strongly windy on the heights:)
Every photo is a profusion of details of texture, colors,light... Great set !!

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Astrid 7 years, 9 months ago

What impressing! Beautiful place!

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Manu 7 years, 9 months ago

Impressive Cathedral and pictures: it is always nice to see your work.

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Marsha 7 years, 9 months ago!! Fantastic high spots, Helen!!! Your eye and camera caught some awesome beauties!!! Excellent work!

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Moira 7 years, 9 months ago

MMM Fudge pantry caught my eye first .
great set and love the portraits of you and Kevin.

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Matt Mckenna 7 years, 9 months ago

stunning pictures one just gets better than the other, thanks for sharing, must go there sometime

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Marilyn Grimble 7 years, 9 months ago

Aren't we the lucky ones to share such a day with you.
Just splendid ... some prize-winning images here Helen.
Thanks so much for sharing your very special day.

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Photos By Jenna 7 years, 9 months ago

i love your perspective!

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