Travel Review of the Year 2021 – Part Four (October to December)

The autumn began with another week off work, but only two trips during that time (I was suffering from a cold).

October 2021

The first trip was a double-header to North Derbyshire to visit Whitwell and Creswell on a nice sunny day. They are former mining villages, and Creswell has a “model village”; a housing area specially built for mine workers.

Next up was a trip to Polesworth to see its railway station which only gets one train a day at the crack of dawn. I had to get the bus there. I also saw a huge sculpture on the top of a former coal mine.

October ended with a journey to Langley Mill and Eastwood, in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire respectively. I walked up a canal, saw a church and the DH Lawrence Museum in Eastwood.

November 2021

November began with an autumnal trip to my favourite place, Cromford in Derbyshire. I visited some places I hadn’t been to before, such as Black Rocks and had a look at the ongoing restoration at Aqueduct Cottage.

November’s travels continued on the 12th with an epic six-train trip to Stone in Staffordshire. I took in the awesome splendour of the railway station, and there was also a canal to explore.

The following Wednesday, I ticked off station number 59 on the East Midlands Ranger Area list when I went to the pretty village of Bottesford in Leicestershire. Here, I saw the church with the highest spire in Leicestershire, had a stroll around the village and saw one of the filming locations for the second series of the 1980s drama series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

So, that’s it for another year. Hopefully in 2022 I will be getting out and about even more, and if you want to keep up to date with all that’s happening on the blog, you can find all the links you need right here. Thanks very much for reading.

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