10 June 2015

Chinley

Paul Evans in Memorial Park, Whaley Bridge
This blog is partly a traditional diary - for my own reference as life moves along. There are a few things I need to catch up on or I will probably forget about  them. Let's go back to last Thursday and the 10.20am train from Dore and Totley Station to Chinley which is on The Dark Side of the hills that split northern England in two. There be dragons!

At first, I was in a carriage with thirty or forty seven and eight year old children. Their teacher was taking them on the short ride to Grindleford which involves passing through The Totley Tunnel. Most of these mainly Asian children had probably never been on a train before and became both excited and agitated when we proceeded through the tunnel. Perhaps they thought there had been a sudden and total eclipse of The Sun! But they made it and left the carriage with their clipboards. The now much quieter train proceeded to Chinley.
A view of Ollerenshaw Hall
It was a delightful, sun-bathed day. From the station I walked to Lidgate and then up to the top of Eccles Pike before descending past Ollerenshaw Hall and Randal Carr Brook to Whaley Bridge. In The Memorial Park I met the park keeper, Paul Evans before ascending to Toddbrook Reservoir.  He was one of those people who would win gold if talking were an Olympic event. Then onwards through the centre of Whaley Bridge to Bugsworth Canal Basin - another monument to the ingenuity and sheer graft of our Victorian forbears. And then a quick march back to Chinley via the  course of the old tramway, in time to catch the 16:23 train home to Yorkshire.

It was another wonderful ramble in unfamiliar territory with so many splendid things to see, Blood coursed through my veins and I felt glad to be alive. Perhaps it is called The Chinley Effect. Some more pictures to share:-
A view of Chinley
In Whaley Bridge
Redundant phone box on Bings Lane, Whaley Bridge
At Bugsworth Canal Basin
Cleaning "The Navigation Inn" sign in Buxworth

15 comments:

  1. It is so good that you are able again to go on such walks, with no health issues preventing them.
    The phonebooth picture is iconic - fit for a calendar, postcard or chocolate box lid.
    Ollerenshaw Hall looks very interesting. Is it open to the public?

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    1. Thank you Meike. And thanks for recalling that I was incapacitated not so long ago. That is why my relish for walking is increased. I need to do it while I can. No, Ollerenshaw Hall is not open to the public. I understand that several years ago it was split into three separate dwellings. I tried to find out about its history but the internet information was limited.

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  2. Another good look round. I never thought to stop and explore the old A6. They are places I just passed through.

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    1. It's nice to show you half familiar territory Adrian.

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  3. My husband and I are quite enchanted by the narrow boats, having seen several TV series about them and I was happy to see a photo of them here. Sounds like you had a nice healthy ramble.

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    1. Hello Terra. At Bugsworth Basin there were about thirty narrow boats. Of course the canal system in England was never meant for pleasure boats. It was all about the transportation of goods for commerce and industry. There are several companies that rent out narrow boats by the week. I have never had such a holiday myself but many people love that slow pace. Of course much nicer in summery weather. Why don't you and Lord Terra come over?

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  4. When my late brother and I were little kids we loved going on the train trip from Gympie to Brisbane because as the train approached the city through the inner northern suburbs we had to go through two long tunnels. It was a big thrill. If those tunnels still exist and I went through them today, they probably only take a minute to pass through...but when we're young children everything seems so much bigger, deeper, longer, higher...

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    1. I am pleased that this post sparked that memory Lee. Have you blogged about your brother before? It might be a nice thing to do and I for one would certainly like to read about him - for with your words you can paint such convincing pictures.

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    2. I mention my late brother Graham often in my blog posts, Yorky.

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  5. I think this is one of those very rare occasions when I've actually been up one of your rambles. Many years ago I used occasionally to wander around there. It's always good seeing your wanderings.

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    1. I am glad that this particular ramble brought back some memories for you Graham.

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