We are Helen and Bob Shelmerdine and we live in Slaidburn, Lancashire, in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where we run a luxury B&B - Merrybent Hill.

Land's End to John O'Groats Book by Helen Shaw and Bob Shelmerdine

Bob works as a self-employed computer consultant, writer, and is also a great great cook!  Helen is a freelance professional photographer and writer, with 3 books of her landscape photography published and a further book on the Lake District due out in Spring 2021.


We have loved Scotland and the Isle of Skye for a long time, having travelled throughout the Highlands and Islands.  You can see from the images below, taken over a number of years, that we both love to walk, climb Munros, watch birds and wildlife, and enjoy peace, the sound of the wind, and clear starry skies with no light  pollution, all of which we find at the cottage.

We have walked from Land's End to John O'Groats and had a book published about our walk! 

The Forest of Bowland Book by Helen Shaw
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All photography on the site is by Helen Shelmerdine and is subject to copyright.  Copyright © Malkin Photography 2019. All Rights Reserved

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