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

2022 Travels – 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 2022 Travels – Penkridge

2022 Travels – Landywood, Staffordshire

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 2022 Travels – Landywood, Staffordshire

2022 Travels – 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 2022 Travels – 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)

2021 Travels – Cromford

The year 2021 on this blog was meant to finish on 29th November with a trip to Melton Mowbray, but a heavy dusting of snow in the Midlands put a premature end to this year’s blog adventures. Luckily I had something else up my sleeve, my now-annual trip to Cromford which I took at the…… Continue reading 2021 Travels – Cromford

2021 Travels – Stone, Staffordshire

Last year, when I visited Longton near Stoke-on-Trent, my train passed through Stone railway station. At the time, I said that I would quite like to visit Stone, and so I made it happen on Friday 12th November 2021. I had originally planned to visit Stone at the end of July this year, but a…… Continue reading 2021 Travels – Stone, Staffordshire

2021 Travels – Langley Mill & Eastwood

On a grey and windy autumn day, 28th October 2021, I ticked off station number 58 of 76 on the East Midlands Ranger Area list when I travelled to Langley Mill in Derbyshire. As usual, I caught the train from Burton on Trent, then changed at Nottingham. The bulk of my travels have been with…… Continue reading 2021 Travels – Langley Mill & Eastwood

2021 Travels – Polesworth

When I started the East Midlands Ranger Area challenge in February 2019, I soon discovered that some railway stations would be easier to visit than others. Some of them have a regular hourly or half-hourly service, some have more trains at peak time (morning and afternoon) than they have during the day, and then there’s…… Continue reading 2021 Travels – Polesworth