Attenborough Nature Reserve – August 2022

Back in May 2021, I visited Attenborough railway station on a cold Saturday morning, in order to tick it off the East Midlands Ranger Area list. I vowed to return on a warm and sunny summer’s evening for another walk around Attenborough Nature Reserve, and I did just that on Thursday August 25th, 2022. Attenborough…… Continue reading Attenborough Nature Reserve – August 2022

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

East Midlands Ranger Area Station #66 – Langwith-Whaley Thorns

Before I start the blog post proper, I think a little explanation is in order regarding the name of the place I visited on a grey and slightly rainy Friday, 20th May 2022. Langwith is actually a collection of six small settlements; Langwith, Langwith Maltings, Nether Langwith, Upper Langwith, Langwith Bassett and Langwith Junction. Whaley…… Continue reading East Midlands Ranger Area Station #66 – Langwith-Whaley Thorns

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

East Midlands Ranger Area Stations #62 & #63 – Mansfield Woodhouse and Mansfield

For the second time in just over a week, on Wednesday 16th March, I found myself on a train on the Robin Hood Line. This time, I was headed for the town of Mansfield, which has two railway stations; Mansfield and Mansfield Woodhouse. I caught the train from Burton on Trent to Nottingham, then changed…… Continue reading East Midlands Ranger Area Stations #62 & #63 – Mansfield Woodhouse and Mansfield

Nottingham Express Transit – part 2

Back in September 2021, during the Week Off Work Tour, I visited Nottingham to have a ride on the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) trams. I didn’t do them all in one day, and I planned to come back and do some more of them. On 7th March 2022, I did just that when I took…… Continue reading Nottingham Express Transit – part 2

East Midlands Ranger Area Station #60 – Collingham, Nottinghamshire

On Friday 11th February 2022, I ticked off station number 60 on the East Midlands Ranger Area list when I went to Collingham in Nottinghamshire. I haven’t been in Nottinghamshire since I went to Langley Mill back in October (yes, I know Langley Mill is in Derbyshire, but I crossed the border into Eastwood in…… Continue reading East Midlands Ranger Area Station #60 – Collingham, Nottinghamshire

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)