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

Derbyshire Stations – Grindleford

On a grey and miserable Monday Morning, 28th February, I set off from Burton on Trent station to tick off a station on my list of railway stations to visit in Derbyshire. Grindleford was my destination, a small village seven miles west of Sheffield. I caught the train from Burton directly to Sheffield, an express…… Continue reading Derbyshire Stations – Grindleford

East Midlands Ranger Area Station #61 – 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 East Midlands Ranger Area Station #61 – Atherstone, Warwickshire

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

Staffordshire Stations – Lichfield Trent Valley and Shenstone

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 Staffordshire Stations – Lichfield Trent Valley and Shenstone

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 Brizlincote Nature Walk

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)