Tameside Local Nature Reserve, Tamworth

On Wednesday 11th May, I took an evening train from Burton on Trent down the line to Tamworth for a walk around the Tameside Local Nature Reserve, around a 25 minute walk south of the railway station. After my evening train ride and walk a few weeks ago in Ambergate and Whatstandwell, I am hoping…… Continue reading Tameside Local Nature Reserve, Tamworth

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

The Lost Pubs of Burton on Trent

The brewing capital of the United Kingdom, Burton upon Trent, has kept the United Kingdom and the wider world in beer for hundreds of years. The special qualities of the water table underneath the town, with its underground gypsum deposits, was perfect for brewing beer. That led to many local breweries being established, the biggest…… Continue reading The Lost Pubs of Burton on Trent

Burton on Trent Landmarks #14 – St Peter’s Bridge

Until the summer of 1985, Burtonians had just one way to cross the River Trent by motor vehicle, and that was Burton Bridge. The rise of car ownership and the transfer of brewery traffic from rail to road led to much congestion on the old structure, and so it was decided to build a second…… Continue reading Burton on Trent Landmarks #14 – St Peter’s Bridge

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

2022 Travels – Shenstone, Staffordshire

Today, Thursday 3rd February 2022, I went back on a train for the first time since the middle of November, when I went to Bottesford. I had planned a couple of trips in the intervening time, but they were cancelled due to a shortage of train crew. Regular readers of the blog will know that…… Continue reading 2022 Travels – Shenstone, Staffordshire

2022 Travels – Brizlincote Nature Walk

Welcome to the first travel blog post of 2022. Today, Monday 17th January 2022, I had a walk around the Brizlincote Nature Walk, a circular walking route in the Brizlincote valley in Burton on Trent. The nature trail was created in 2018, although most of the paths already existed before then. Information boards and signposts…… Continue reading 2022 Travels – Brizlincote Nature Walk

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)