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Dining Out Lumb Farm

I can remember back in 1978, sitting in my car, listening to the radio and the latest captivating episode of the BBC comedy The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I never missed one of them. A couple of years later, looking for reading material to keep me occupied through a long flight […]

Walk around Osmaston & Shirley Parks

Despite traffic thundering along the A52 Derby/Ashbourne road barely a mile away, the tranquil villages of Osmaston and Shirley with their thatched-roofed cottages and mellow Derbyshire brick, are the archetypal image of typical English villages.  Between them are the wooded sporting estates of Osmaston Manor and Shirley Hall; this walk crosses both. Oddly enough, the […]

Deserted Villages

Up and down the land the remains of abandoned villages can only be recognised by a comment on an Ordnance Survey map. There are around 3000 sites of such places up and down the country where the words Medieval Village in Gothic type with the words ‘site of’ in brackets underneath record all that is […]

Tittesworth Reservoir

It is a long time since I was last in the area around the Roaches near Leek.  The highest gritstone edge in the Peak, the escarpment dominates the northern skyline in this walk.  Tittesworth Reservoir has a long history.  It was built in two stages with the original dam created in 1858 to collect water […]

Magpie Mine

Brian Spencer visits the finest example of an 18th and 19th century lead mine existing in Britain. A pair of tall chimneys, a sturdy pit-head winding wheel, a lonely cottage and a ruined stone engine house stand in a field off the Bakewell to Chelmorton road, high on the limestone plateau near Sheldon.  They are […]

The Top of the Amber valley

Like many walkers, I got sick and tired of walking on muddy tracks this winter. As a result I began to look around for places where I could walk without dragging myself through a good impression of a Great War Somme battlefield.  We did manage a few short strolls along the old railway trails, one […]

The Workhouse at Southwell

The grim mill-like building stands on the outskirts of Southwell, a place that still strikes fear into the hearts of people old enough to remember when it was a shelter of last resort. Brian Spencer traces the history of the by-gone system of caring for the poor and dispossessed. Up and down the country, roughly […]

Cors Caron & Strata Florida Abbey

Exploring what was, to him, a completely new part of mid Wales, Brian Spencer came across two features he feels are worth bringing to the attention of Country Images readers. Cors Caron is a raised bog alongside the River Teifi in Ceredigion, Wales near the small market town of Tregaron to the south of Aberystwyth. […]

A Winter Warmer Around Attenborough Nature Reserve

Wrap up well for this walk because the wind off the River Trent at this time is often called ‘a lazy wind’, rather than go round, it tries to cut straight through your jacket.  Nevertheless it is an ideal winter walk for it is along wide, level, well surfaced tracks more than often sheltered by […]

Into the Realm of the Ice Bear

Part Two by Brian Spencer It took us all night to sail north with the G Expedition in order to meet the polar ice flow, a weird fog shrouded bleak mass with no other humans for at least a thousand miles.  Even Ursus Maritimus, (ice or polar bears) were not around, so it was decided […]