Places I've Been and Things I've Seen



Derbyshire Days – The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

A bright Sunday afternoon, visiting the 9-mile Ecclesbourne Valley Railway just a few miles north of Derby centre. This restored branch line from Duffield to Wirksworth once carried local quarry traffic, and visitors can now travel on heritage trains along the pretty river valley.

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1066 and All That

On the 14th October anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, a rather overdue post with plenty of holiday photos from our own conquest of the Sussex coast by caravan this summer!

Visits to Bexhill on Sea, Hastings, Battle, Biddenden Vineyards, Brighton, Wilmington, Pevensey and Rye.

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Steam Punk at the Great Central

Our attention was recently caught by an advert for a steampunk event at the Great Central Railway in Leicestershire. Steampunk is a Victorian Sci-Fi genre, inspired largely by the technology of the Industrial Revolution during the 19th Century. So, what better setting for such an event than a heritage railway with its own late-Victorian influences. We ordered our tickets straight away!

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Return of the Severn

A magnificent Great Western adventure, revisited. Following an enjoyable visit earlier this year, I’m back on the Severn Valley Railway again!

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Derbyshire Days – The Lumsdale Falls

An afternoon stroll through the Lumsdale Valley, one of the lesser known attractions in the Derbyshire Peak District near to Matlock. It’s a beautiful wooded gorge with ruins of several historic mill buildings, and a series of lovely waterfalls.

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Time travel on the Worth Valley Railway

Continuing with this year’s theme of heritage railways, on Sunday I visited the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in West Yorkshire. First established in 1867, the single track branch line from Keighley to Oxenhope is now a preserved railway, set in the 1950s.

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Dog-friendly days near Cambridge

Our first trip out in the caravan this year along with our two dogs, exploring the area around Cambridge. One of the dogs, Indie, is a relatively recent addition this year, so it’s also our first holiday experience with him.

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Grown Men Playing with Trains

Two heritage railways in a week! Following my visit to the Severn Valley Railway the previous weekend, on Friday I visited the Great Central Railway near Loughborough, as they were hosting their annual model railway event.

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Every Journey Ends With a Memory

A weekend away in Bewdley, Worcestershire, gave me the perfect opportunity to spend an entire day on the Severn Valley Railway, a heritage railway running for 16 miles between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth.

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Flamborough Head

A week away in the caravan, exploring the Flamborough Headland Heritage Coast in East Yorkshire. We managed to squeeze quite a few places and attractions into a busy week of touring the area…

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Dreaming Spires

A few short diary notes from our first trip out with the caravan this year, to visit the City of Oxford. The city is famous amongst other things for the oldest university in the world, and as an historic backdrop for Inspector Morse, Harry Potter and I’m sure many more!

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Going to Glastonbury

A week of relaxation in a beautiful countryside location, exploring Glastonbury’s myths and legends.

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