2022 Travels – 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 2022 Travels – Melton Mowbray

2022 Travels – Grantham

On a sunny Monday morning, 21st March 2022, I ticked off the 64th station on the East Midlands Ranger Area list when I visited Grantham, in Lincolnshire. I had never been to Lincolnshire before, and this was the furthest east I had been to on the challenge. I caught the train at Burton on Trent,…… Continue reading 2022 Travels – Grantham

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 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)

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

Burton on Trent Landmarks #11 – Even More Sculptures

Following on from the popular blog posts looking at artworks and sculptures around Burton upon Trent’s Washlands and elsewhere in the town, I present to you the third and possibly final part. The Burton Cooper by James Walter Butler The Burton Cooper is probably the most well-known and one of the oldest pieces of artwork…… Continue reading Burton on Trent Landmarks #11 – Even More Sculptures

Burton on Trent Landmarks #8 – Stapenhill Gardens and Swan

In this latest part of my look at Burton upon Trent’s landmarks, I’ll be taking a look at Stapenhill Gardens and its iconic swan sculpture. Stapenhill Gardens Stapenhill Gardens is a public park created in the 1930s on the site of a former manor house, Stapenhill House. The house had been given to the public…… Continue reading Burton on Trent Landmarks #8 – Stapenhill Gardens and Swan

Burton on Trent Landmarks #7 – More Sculptures

In July, I wrote a post about the various artworks located in the Washlands near the River Trent in Burton on Trent. However, there are many more pieces of public art and statues in the town, and I will be looking closely at some of them in this post. Michael Arthur Bass Statue, King Edward…… Continue reading Burton on Trent Landmarks #7 – More Sculptures