The Lost Pubs of Burton on Trent

The brewing capital of the United Kingdom, Burton upon Trent, has kept the United Kingdom and the wider world in beer for hundreds of years. The special qualities of the water table underneath the town, with its underground gypsum deposits, was perfect for brewing beer. That led to many local breweries being established, the biggest…… Continue reading The Lost Pubs of Burton on Trent

Burton on Trent Landmarks #14 – St Peter’s Bridge

Until the summer of 1985, Burtonians had just one way to cross the River Trent by motor vehicle, and that was Burton Bridge. The rise of car ownership and the transfer of brewery traffic from rail to road led to much congestion on the old structure, and so it was decided to build a second…… Continue reading Burton on Trent Landmarks #14 – St Peter’s Bridge

2022 Travels – Brizlincote Nature Walk

Welcome to the first travel blog post of 2022. Today, Monday 17th January 2022, I had a walk around the Brizlincote Nature Walk, a circular walking route in the Brizlincote valley in Burton on Trent. The nature trail was created in 2018, although most of the paths already existed before then. Information boards and signposts…… Continue reading 2022 Travels – Brizlincote Nature Walk

Blog Update – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all readers of the blog, new and old. 2021 was a fairly good year for the blog, although restrictions caused by that pandemic meant that I wasn’t able to get on a train until mid-April, when I went to Thurgarton in Nottinghamshire. Thurgarton station, in the middle of nowhere. 2022 promises…… Continue reading Blog Update – Happy New Year!

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

Travel Review of the Year 2021 – Part Three (July to September)

The long, hot summer of 2021 proved to be too long and too hot to travel for me. I only went to one place in July, but normal service resumed in August. July 2021 Oaks Wood, a nature walk in Burton on Trent, was the venue for the only post in July. The trail runs…… Continue reading Travel Review of the Year 2021 – Part Three (July to September)

Travel Review of the Year 2021 – Part Two (April to June)

The lifting of Covid-19 restrictions in the UK in April meant that I was able to go out on the trains again, and I wasted no time in getting back out there and ticking off more stations on the East Midlands Ranger Area list. April 2021 Before I headed back down the historic staircase at…… Continue reading Travel Review of the Year 2021 – Part Two (April to June)

Travel Review of the Year 2021 – Part One (January to March)

The year 2021 began the same way that 2020 ended, with a national lockdown due to the surge in virus cases over the winter period. That meant that I couldn’t go anywhere further than Burton on Trent, but that didn’t mean the blog stopped. I had a look back at some bygone travels, and also…… Continue reading Travel Review of the Year 2021 – Part One (January to March)

Burton on Trent Landmarks #13 – Burton Library

Like most towns and cities in Britain, Burton upon Trent has its own public library, located just off the High Street, not far from the Washlands. The current library was built in 1976 and replaced an earlier Public Library which stood on Union Street, across the road from what is now Sainsbury’s, approximately where the…… Continue reading Burton on Trent Landmarks #13 – Burton Library

2021 Travels – Nottingham Express Transit

On Monday 13th September 2021, I had a ride on some of the Nottingham Express Transit tram network, which stretches from Toton Lane in the south west of Nottingham, up to Hucknall in the north, and also down to Clifton in the south. Like many towns and cities in the United Kingdom, Nottingham had its…… Continue reading 2021 Travels – Nottingham Express Transit