Walsall, West Midlands

On a rather drab and rainy Thursday, 24th November 2022, I went for a train ride down to Walsall in the West Midlands. This blog has all but conquered the East Midlands (and slightly further afield), so I now want to expand my horizons and discover the West Midlands. The journey to Walsall from Burton…… Continue reading Walsall, West Midlands

East Midlands Ranger Area Station #72 – Shirebrook

For the fourth time in 2022, I found myself on a train up the Robin Hood Line to visit the last unvisited station on that line, Shirebrook in Derbyshire. I had previously been up there twice in March (to Hucknall for the Nottingham Express Transit, and to Mansfield and Mansfield Woodhouse) and once in May,…… Continue reading East Midlands Ranger Area Station #72 – Shirebrook

East Midlands Ranger Area Station #71 – Crewe

I’m now into the last knockings of the East Midlands Ranger Area challenge. Number 71 of 76 was visited on Tuesday 25th October; the westernmost station at Crewe in Cheshire. I’ve been to all of the stations on the line from Newark Castle to Crewe before, but this was my first time at Crewe itself.…… Continue reading East Midlands Ranger Area Station #71 – Crewe

Staffordshire Stations – Bilbrook and Codsall

As part of my ongoing quest to visit every railway station in Staffordshire, I crossed two very close stations off the list, in the villages of Bilbrook and Codsall, in the very south of Staffordshire. The trip began at Burton on Trent, as usual, and took me to Birmingham New Street station. I don’t often…… Continue reading Staffordshire Stations – Bilbrook and Codsall

Derbyshire Stations – Bamford

The latest journey in my quest to visit every railway station in Derbyshire took me to Bamford on a sunny day in September 2022, the 21st. The day got off to a poor start when, upon arriving in Sheffield, I discovered that my train to Bamford had been cancelled due to a broken down train.…… Continue reading Derbyshire Stations – Bamford

East Midlands Ranger Area Stations #69 & #70 – Swinderby and Hykeham

I’m getting ever closer to completing all 76 stations in the East Midlands Ranger Area, and two of them were ticked off the list on Monday 19th September 2022. It was a long trek to Lincolnshire to visit the two stations between Collingham and Lincoln; Swinderby and Hykeham. I caught the train from Burton on…… Continue reading East Midlands Ranger Area Stations #69 & #70 – Swinderby and Hykeham

Staffordshire Stations – Lichfield City

Full disclosure before I start this blog post – I didn’t actually get on or off a train at Lichfield City station, but I’m still counting it as having been visited. My blog, my rules. My trip on Monday 12th September began at Burton New Street bus stop number 7, as I caught the 1010…… Continue reading Staffordshire Stations – Lichfield City

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

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

Cromford V: Cromford to Whatstandwell by Canal

After the success of my walk from Whatstandwell to Ambergate back in April, on a warm and sunny spring evening, I fancied another stroll down the Cromford Canal on a sunny and balmy August evening. So, it was a cloudy and cool evening when I caught the train up to Cromford to begin my walk.…… Continue reading Cromford V: Cromford to Whatstandwell by Canal