August 2021 Blog Update

It’s been a quiet summer here on Martyn’s Blog, compared to May and June. There was no real reason for that, other than the fact I don’t like to travel in very hot weather, and there has been a bit of that in July and August. As it gets cooler, I will definitely be heading out more, unless there is another lockdown (which is not very likely).

In blog-related news, the Derby Ram Trail which I visited in June has sadly come to an end. At the time of writing this, all 30 Rams have been taken from the streets of Derby to the Derby Museum and Art Gallery, where they will be on display together as part of the Derby Ram-union Weekend from Friday 5th – Sunday 7th September. Following that, the Rams will be auctioned off to raise funds for Derby Museums. More details of this can be found at

One of the Derby Rams.

The first trip I made in July this year was a walk to Oaks Wood in Burton on Trent, a linear park which runs from Outwoods Park near the hospital to Reservoir Road. As I mentioned before, the heatwave kept me at home in front of my electric fan and away from trains and buses, until Saturday 7th August. The destination that morning was Radcliffe on Trent, a few miles from Nottingham. I had a great time walking along the Cliff Paths and taking in the Saturday morning sunshine. I also paid a visit to the Olympic Stadium in Radcliffe while I was there.

A week later, I took an early bus to Branston to walk the path by the riverside. I had seen the Branston Leas area from the train before, and had it on my list of places to visit, but never got around to it until the 14th August. The latest trip I took was on Monday, when I crossed Hinckley off the East Midlands Ranger Area list, the 52nd of 76 stations I need to visit.

In September, I have a week’s holiday from work, and you’d better believe that I will be going travelling to some places. I have some itineraries for trips which I had previously planned but not yet done for a variety of reasons (the weather being the main one). So I plan to do a few of those, plus tick off at least two more stations on the East Midlands Ranger Area list, and also spend a day riding the NET trams in Nottingham.

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