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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!