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 – Grindleford, Derbyshire

On a grey and miserable Monday Morning, 28th February, I set off from Burton on Trent station to tick off a station on my list of railway stations to visit in Derbyshire. Grindleford was my destination, a small village seven miles west of Sheffield. I caught the train from Burton directly to Sheffield, an express…… Continue reading 2022 Travels – Grindleford, Derbyshire

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)

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 – 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