East Midlands Ranger Area Station #68 – South Wigston

For the first time since I went to Worksop two months ago, I ticked one of the few remaining stations off the East Midlands Ranger Area list when I travelled to South Wigston station in Leicestershire on Friday 26th August. The trip to South Wigston took three trains and two hours. I changed at Tamworth…… Continue reading East Midlands Ranger Area Station #68 – South Wigston

Cromford V: Cromford to Whatstandwell by Canal

After the success of my walk from Whatstandwell to Ambergate back in April, on a warm and sunny spring evening, I fancied another stroll down the Cromford Canal on a sunny and balmy August evening. So, it was a cloudy and cool evening when I caught the train up to Cromford to begin my walk.…… Continue reading Cromford V: Cromford to Whatstandwell by Canal

Nottinghamshire Stations – Shireoaks

Previously on Martyn’s Blog… From the [Worksop] war memorial, I headed back up the road to the railway station. I had another train to catch, but I wasn’t going home just yet.Worksop post See the Worksop post for the previous instalment of this gripping saga. After arriving back at Worksop station, I caught the train…… Continue reading Nottinghamshire Stations – Shireoaks

East Midlands Ranger Area Station #67 – Worksop

On a pleasant Wednesday at the end of June, the 29th to be exact, I ticked station number 67 of 76 off the list of stations to be visited in the East Midlands Ranger Area. Worksop was the destination, located at the terminus of the Robin Hood Line which runs to there from Nottingham. I…… Continue reading East Midlands Ranger Area Station #67 – Worksop

Nottinghamshire Stations – Retford

I have to confess that, even though I like to think I know a bit about geography in the UK, and particularly the Midlands, I had never heard of Retford until I visited there on Thursday 12th May 2022. My mission to visit every railway station in Nottinghamshire took me to the market town in…… Continue reading Nottinghamshire Stations – Retford

Return to Whatstandwell and Ambergate, April 2022

On Tuesday 26th April 2022, I decided to go for an early evening train ride up to one of my favourite parts of the world, the Derwent Valley. Most of my travels happen during the daytime (or very early on a Saturday morning), when it’s less busy, but I always fancied an evening stroll along…… Continue reading Return to Whatstandwell and Ambergate, April 2022

Staffordshire Stations – Penkridge

On a very cold and very early Saturday morning, 8th April 2022, I travelled to the historic Staffordshire village of Penkridge, five miles from Stafford. I had to catch three trains to get there, changing at Tamworth and at Stafford. I left Burton on Trent at 06:20 and arrived at Penkridge less than an hour…… Continue reading Staffordshire Stations – Penkridge

Staffordshire Stations – Rugeley Trent Valley, Rugeley Town and Landywood

As part of my mission to visit every single railway station in Staffordshire, I made huge strides towards the finish line on Wednesday 23rd March. It was an unseasonably sunny and warm day, a far cry from the storms just a couple of weeks ago as I made the three-train trip from Burton on Trent…… Continue reading Staffordshire Stations – Rugeley Trent Valley, Rugeley Town and Landywood

East Midlands Ranger Area Station #61 – Atherstone, Warwickshire

It was an early Saturday morning trip for me on 26th February 2022 when I visited Atherstone in Warwickshire. Atherstone was the closest station to Burton on Trent in the East Midlands Ranger Area that I had yet to visit (it’s now South Wigston in Leicestershire). This trip was originally planned for last Saturday, but…… Continue reading East Midlands Ranger Area Station #61 – Atherstone, Warwickshire

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)