Newark Book Festival – Sunday 14th July 2024

We’re at Newark Book Festival in the marketplace, Newark on Trent on Sunday 14th July 2024. We’ve never been to the Book Festival before so we’re looking forward to this…

We’ll have a few books:

And lots of greeting cards, prints, art and photography inspired by nature and the natural world:

Biggin – River Dove – Tissington Trail – Biggin – May 2023

This was a circular walk starting in the village of Biggin in the Peak District, through Biggin Dale to the River Dove, south by the river and then cross country to the Tissington Trail and then north, finally cross-country west back to Biggin.

Here’s a map of the route and GPX file you can download – click on more details to get it:

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I parked opposite The Waterloo Inn facing west. Then it’s a short road walk to Biggin Dale – watch out for some traffic and some sharp bends, although it’s mostly quiet.

Then you can see the River Dove in the distance…

It’s a lovely walk down the river heading south:

Until you get to this cottage, if a cottage is what it is? I then turned west to get to the Tissington Trail… it’s well signposted!

Then a fabulous cross-country wal, with decent paths:

Then it’s simply up the ramp and walk north up the Tissington Trail until you get to the exit for Biggin itself.

Because I’ve walked this route before, you’ll find better pictures here.

I actually chose to walk across fields back to Biggin but please be wary, especially if there are cows with calves. They can be aggressive if they think you are too near their babies!

I foolishly didn’t bring a spare battery for my camera, so you’ll have to take the rest of the walk yourself?

I thoroughly recommend a walk through Biggin Dale and alongside the Rover Dove.

As you may have noticed, I’ve started to use an Image Slider for pictures. It’s easier for me to do than adding lots and lots of individual pictures and it gives a break between sections of the walk. Feedback about how useful it is for readers is welcome…

And lastly, some videos of the day:

A Little Bit of Peterborough Cathedral – June 2024

We were recently at Peterborough Cathedral for a Summer Craft & Gift Market. Although we prefer the countryside and rural locations for walks and taking pictures, the cathedral is something else in terms of art and engineering and workmanship in stone, wood and glass…

So here’s some pictures, in no particular order of impoirtance, to show how lovely the place is. Note that photography doesn’t do it justice! Go and see it for yourselves.

Peterborough Cathedral Summer Craft & Gift Market – 31st May & 1st June 2024

We’re really excited to be at Peterborough Cathedral for their Summer Craft & Gift Market. It will run on Friday 31st May (1pm – 8pm) and Saturday 1st June 2024 (10am – 5pm).

We’ll be inside the cathedral itself which we’re also looking forward to!

More information here.

We’ll have art and photography from the natural world represented by prints and greeting cards.

Sewerby, Bridlington to (not quite) Flamborough Head – November 2023

This was fantastic walk from Sewerby around the coast and heading to Flamborough Head by the England Coastal Path. I was lucky with the weather but the going was hard work as you head north and the trail turns to heavy, wet mud. The path is mainly turf, or quagmire, dependent on the local drainage.

A spell of dry weather and no more rain from storms like Storm Ciarán (around the time of the walk) would help!

I parked next to the Methodist Church in Sewerby. Foolishly, the council close the public car park in the winter and it isn’t accessible until March next year. Expect to be sniffed at by lots of well-behaved dogs but they, and their owners soon fall behind as you head north.

As seems to be typical walking off the North Sea, thye day started grim and obvercast. It still looks beautiful in my eyes, but it was pleasant to see blue skies gradually appear, miraculously as forecast…

The approach to Danes Dyke Beach:

It’s an beach full of chalk cliffs and the sea has rounded the chalk stones into many different sized ‘egg’ shapes.

Then it’s up and steps (yet again…) but the day was distinctly improving with blue skies and white clouds slowly appearing:

And just about to spot South Landing Beach in the distance:

It’s another beautiful spot with large limestone rocks rounded by the sea.

Ascending again:

At this point it has become a beautiful day with big blue skies and clouds (my favourite)…

Unfortunately the path starts to turn into mud at this stage and walking is hard work!

I battled on, enjoying scenery but not the footing:

This is where I stopped and turned back. The ground was seriously muddy and claggy which saps energy. Ahead was a sharp incline that I would have had to slither down on my backside with little chance of getting back up it!

The last picture picture before turning back:

I walked to Flamborough village and caught the bus back to Sewerby. Timetable here.

It’s a beautiful place but the path is walkable dependent on the weather. November 2023 had a shocking amnount of rain and named storms, so it’s no surprise the ground was in such a state. It woulkd be nice to go back in drier conditions.

And lastly, some videos of the walk:

Creswell Crags to Worksop – April 2024

This was a lovely walk from Creswell Crags (which I’m very fond of) to the centre of Worksop, going through the Welbeck Estate. It’s a mixture of forest, farmland and some beautiful wild sections.

Creswell Crags is easily accessible from the M1 Motorway at Junction 30 – follow the signs for ‘Creswell Crags’ and you can’t go wrong. Creswell Railway station if you fancy the train or the no. 77 bus between Chesterfield and Worksop.

Try the Traveline website for further information about bus and train options.

I got there fairly early as the forecast was very favourable. We’ve had utterly miserable weather with rain, strong winds and even thunder and lightning the past couple of weeks. Those slate grey skies are not a delight!

At 6am the sun is just coming up and it’s a treat to see the sun move so quickly into the heavens…

Then it’s out of the Crags and heading east.

Then it’s over the A60 (take care as it can be busy!) and you’re on the Robin Hood Way. It’s quite a confusing and winding route with many offshoots, so take a look here for ideas to walk it.

Still heading east with the main estate house to the south:

It’s a wonderfully peaceful section with no-one about. remember that there’s a lot of restrictions where you can walk and the Welbeck Estate owners provide lots of helpful red signs to keep you where they want you to be.

Then it’s out into farmland with wonderful ‘big skies’:

And then into a section of managed forest… with one last look back at the skies:

The lake is beautiful and full of birds, geese especially making their prescence known.

The lake area also gives views of the sky. I’m a big fan of clouds and I thought the fomrations were beautiful!

The video below probably does it more justice?

And then onwards easterly…

I think this might be an old gatehouse with the cottage next to it for the gatekeeper? Apologies for my shadow but you can’t do much about that with a low sun in the sky.

A nice bit of forest but apart from the bluebells, there’s not a lot of nature here – it’s all pine trees for logging, I think? Very sterile and quiet – no bird song at all.

It’s quite a relief to be in open country again. There were skylarks everywhere singing and flying about. Othere birds too but they much to quick for me to take pictures. I enjoyed the riot of different birdson though.

This was another area with ‘big skies’ and I loved all the difefrent sorts of cluds forming from the west:

The last section wasn’t so nice. You have to cross the busy A57 road southwest of Worsop. Fortunately it’s not a dual carriageway and there were gaps in traffic. Then you run for it!

I’m not so keen on these huge lorries, to be honest?

Once over the road, you’re into urban Worksop. There the beautiful countryside and vistas end and it’s housing and finally the town centre. I caught the no. 77 from Worksop bus station to Creswell and then walked back to Creswell Crags.

Try the Traveline website for further information about bus and train options.

But not before ruining all my healthy walking with a large fried breakfast with black pudding and lots of coffee:

A Brief Walk Around Creswell Crags – Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire Border – October 2023

This was a very short walk at around three miles. I haven’t had time to do much this year, what with one thing and another.

Creswell Crags is a site of special scientific interest. People (in one shape or another) have been visiting for 50,000 years, starting with Neanderthals in the last Ice Age. You can find a lot more about the area here, particularly about the cave art created by its residents.

You can get to Creswell Crags by train to Creswell (Robin Hood Line) and a twenty minute walk or by car: it’s very well sign-posted from Junction 30 of the M1.

It’s also a lovely place to go and wander around and I was lucky that it was an unseasonably warm and sunny day. I haven’t done the place any justice and I’ll have to go back some time to take some proper photos.

Then a view detour to admire the skies near the Crags…