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

Albert Village Lake, Leicestershire

On Thursday 19th May, I had a walk around Albert Village lake, a large nature reserve on the site of a former clay pit in the Leicestershire village of Albert Village, just a short walk over the Derbyshire border from Swadlincote. Albert Village grew in the 1870s as the clay mining and pottery industry in…… Continue reading Albert Village Lake, Leicestershire

East Midlands Ranger Area Station #65 – Melton Mowbray

On Monday 25th April, I visited Melton Mowbray at the third attempt. My first attempt in November was thwarted by the weather, my second in January was ended by a cancelled train, but there were no such problems this time, apart from another cancelled train. I was able to catch an earlier one, so it…… Continue reading East Midlands Ranger Area Station #65 – Melton Mowbray

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)

East Midlands Ranger Area Station #59 – Bottesford, Leicestershire

The weather is getting colder, seeing as it’s nearly winter. It’s still sunny at times, though, and it was on Wednesday 17th November 2021 when I travelled through four counties to Bottesford, in the north east corner of Leicestershire. As usual, because I live there, the trip started in Burton on Trent. I changed trains…… Continue reading East Midlands Ranger Area Station #59 – Bottesford, Leicestershire

Week Off Work Tour 2021 – North West Leicestershire

The WOW (Week off Work) Tour came to an end yesterday (16th September) with a walk in the glorious sunshine of North West Leicestershire, from just outside Measham to Church Gresley, via Donisthorpe and Moira. The first leg of the tour was a long bus ride from Burton on Trent to just outside Measham in…… Continue reading Week Off Work Tour 2021 – North West Leicestershire

East Midlands Ranger Area Station #52 – Hinckley (featuring Nuneaton)

It was a warm and sunny summer’s day in August 2021, the 23rd of August to be precise, when I made the long trip to Hinckley in Leicestershire by train. It isn’t very far, but I had to take three trains there and three back. The first leg of the journey began at Burton on…… Continue reading East Midlands Ranger Area Station #52 – Hinckley (featuring Nuneaton)

East Midlands Ranger Area Station #47 – Syston

Today, Monday 17th May 2021, I ticked off station number 47 on the list of stations in the East Midlands Ranger Area when I made the trip to Leicestershire to visit Syston (pronounced “sigh-stun”). I hadn’t been to Leicestershire since the late summer of 2019, due to the area being placed under a strict local…… Continue reading East Midlands Ranger Area Station #47 – Syston