WOW (Week Off Work) Tour

If you follow Martyn’s Blog on social media (and if you don’t, then you can find all the links at, then you will have seen earlier today I announced the upcoming “WOW” Tour.

It all starts on Friday 10th September and finishes next Thursday 16th. It was due to start today, but a cancelled train due to a points failure between Birmingham New Street and Water Orton put paid to that plan.

Friday 10th September – Sudbury & Draycott-in-the-Clay

I will be catching the bus to Sudbury in Derbyshire, located North West of Burton on Trent and famed for Sudbury Hall and HM Open Prison Sudbury, neither of which I will be visiting. Sudbury Hall is closed for renovations, and I haven’t done anything wrong. From there, the plan is to walk to Draycott in the Clay, from where I will catch the bus home.

Saturday 11th September – Fiskerton & Rolleston

The regular reader will point out that I have already been to Rolleston this year, but this is a different Rolleston, the one in Nottinghamshire on the Nottingham – Lincoln line, between Bleasby and Newark on Trent. I plan to walk to nearby Fiskerton station, just ten minutes walk away down the line, although I will take a more scenic route there.

Monday 13th September – Nottingham Express Transit

This was the trip that I was planning to make today, but had to postpone due to the aforementioned cancelled train, and also the weather wasn’t great today (hot and humid). My itinerary will take me to Beeston by train (because it’s cheaper than getting the train to Nottingham station), from where I will ride the trams to each of the termini of the Nottingham Express Transit tram network (Toton, Phoenix Park, Clifton and a return to Hucknall).

Tuesday 14th September – Tucklesholme Nature Reserve

This is a trip I have had planned since last year, but not yet got around to it. Tucklesholme Nature Reserve is a new nature reserve near Barton-under-Needwood, a village south of Burton on Trent, which I will also be having a look around.

Thursday 16th September – Measham

I’ve been to Measham many times over the years, but not for a while. I won’t actually be going to Measham itself; I plan to walk an old former railway line which has been converted into a footpath, and follow it all the way to Church Gresley, from where I will catch the bus home.

So, that’s the WOW Tour. You can join me (metaphorically) on all the social media platforms, and look out for almost daily blog posts from these trips.