Branston Water Park

Most of England has been enjoying record-breaking temperatures for the end of March, so I took advantage of the weather and the partial relaxation of lockdown rules to take a trip to Branston Water Park, a place I had never been to before. The site of Branston Water Park was originally a gravel pit from…… Continue reading Branston Water Park

Burton on Trent Landmarks #10 – Coltman VC Peace Wood, Winshill

On this sunny but cold Saturday morning (27th March 2021), I walked from my home up to Winshill to have a look around the Coltman VC Peace Wood, just off Mill Hill Lane. I have been up Mill Hill Lane many times whilst out walking, but never ventured into the Peace Wood until now. William…… Continue reading Burton on Trent Landmarks #10 – Coltman VC Peace Wood, Winshill


Welcome to the first new travel post of 2021. Even though lockdown restrictions are still in force, and non-essential travel is not permitted, we are still allowed to go outside for exercise in the local area. When I originally planned this trip last year, the plan involved saving a bit of time by catching a…… Continue reading Rolleston-on-Dove

The American Adventure Theme Park, Derbyshire

Not far from Ilkeston in Derbyshire is a large swathe of land surrounding Shipley Lake. At the time of writing, it is being redeveloped for housing, having lain derelict since 2007. For twenty years prior to that, it was the American Adventure Theme Park. Up until the late 1970s, the site was a coal mine.…… Continue reading The American Adventure Theme Park, Derbyshire