Week 57 – Nettleton, Lincolnshire to Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Wednesday 30th October to Tuesday 5th November 2019

Nettleton to Market Rasen 9.88 miles
Market Rasen to Dunholme 12.82 miles
Lincoln
Worksop to Edwinstowe 13.01 miles
Edwinstowe to Blidworth 11.02 miles
Blidworth to Nottingham 10.65 miles

Total miles this week 57.38

Total miles to date 2528.74

 

Nettleton to Market Rasen

 

Nettleton to Market Rasen

 

Viking Way, Nettleton to Market Rasen

 

Market Rasen

 

Market Rasen to Dunholme

 

Market Rasen to Dunholme

 

Pottergate. One of only 2 remaining medieval gates that gave access to Lincoln cathedral.

 

Lincoln cathedral

 

Tennyson memorial statue, Lincoln cathedral grounds

 

The gateway to Lincoln castle

 

Lincoln

 

Lincoln

 

The National Trust’s Clumber Park, Worksop to Edwinstowe

 

“Nellie”, a reproduction WWII trench-digging machine, at the National Trust’s Clumber Park, Worksop to Edwinstowe

 

The National Trust’s Clumber Park, Worksop to Edwinstowe

 

Robin Hood Way, Sherwood Forest, Worksop to Edwinstowe

 

Sherwood Forest, Worksop to Edwinstowe

 

Major Oak, Sherwood Forest, Worksop to Edwinstowe. This huge tree is the biggest oak tree in Britain and is thought to be 800-1100 years old. Legend has it that when the forest was home to Robin Hood and his Merry Men they used the Major Oak for shelter.

 

Edwinstowe

 

Edwinstowe to Blidworth

 

Edwinstowe to Blidworth

 

Edwinstowe to Blidworth

 

This huge sculpture of a Golden Hand, near the pond at Vicar Water, was specially commission for the Sustrans National Cycle Route. In the background are the abandoned Clipstone Colliery headstocks. Edwinstowe to Blidworth.

 

Painted on one of the bridge walls. Edwinstowe to Blidworth.

 

Edwinstowe to Blidworth.

 

Edwinstowe to Blidworth.

 

Edwinstowe to Blidworth.

 

Entrance to Papplewick Pumping Station museum, Blidworth to Nottingham

 

Burntstump Country Park, Blidworth to Nottingham

 

Blidworth to Nottingham

 

Blidworth to Nottingham

 

Nottingham

 

Week 56 – Bridlington to Nettleton

Wednesday 23rd to Tuesday 29th October 2019

Bridlington to Skipsea  11.08 miles
Beverley to Hull 12.18 miles
Epworth to Crowle 10.02 miles
Barnetby le Wold to Nettleton  9.83 miles

Total miles this week 43.11

Total miles to date 2471.36

 

Fraisthorpe Sands, Bridlington to Skipsea. There used to be a path above the cliffs but this has crumbled into the sea due to coastal erosion

 

Bridlington to Skipsea

 

The Beverley Medieval Guilds and Crafts Trail

 

Beverley to Hull

 

Beverley to Hull

 

Beverley to Hull

 

Bridge over the River Humber

 

Disused windmill, now a residential property, Epworth, Lincolnshire

 

Epworth to Crowle, Lincolnshire

 

Epworth to Crowle, Lincolnshire

 

Epworth to Crowle, Lincolnshire

 

Barnetby le Wold

 

Monument in a field in Somerby, built in 1770 to commemorate 29 years of marriage of Edward and Ann Weston of Somerby Hall. Barnetby le Wold to Nettleton

 

Caistor. Where 66 skeletons, believed to be Roman, were discovered in the former Talbot Inn car park. Carving by Martin Healy, South Kelsey.

 

Caistor

Week 55b – Scarborough to Bridlington

Wednesday 16th to Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Back to “work” and on the coastal trail again after my break in York

Scarborough to Filey  9.02 miles
Bempton to Bridlington 8.54 miles

Total miles this week 17.56

Total miles to date 2428.25

 

Scarborough

 

Scarborough to Filey

 

Scarborough to Filey

 

Scarborough to Filey

 

Bempton to Bridlington

 

Bempton to Bridlington

 

Bempton to Bridlington

 

Land train, Bempton to Bridlington

 

Bridlington

 

Bridlington

 

Bridlington

 

Detail of wall along Bridlington promenade

 

Bridlington

 

Bridlington

 

Bridlington

 

Bridlington

 

 

 

Week 55a – R&R in York

Wednesday 16th to Tuesday 22nd October 2019

This week was mainly spent having some time off to rest and to explore the beautiful walled city of York…

 

York’s Grade II listed railway station was the largest in the world when it opened in 1877. Built by the North Eastern Railway, the structure included 13 platforms, a train shed, station buildings and a hotel.

 

Micklegate Bar. This was the most important of York’s four main medieval gateways and the focus for grand events. The name comes from ‘Micklelith’, meaning great street. It was the main entrance to the city for anyone arriving from the South”
http://www.historyofyork.org.uk/timel…/norman/micklegate-bar

 

The Tansy Beetle mural, by street artist ATM, is on the side of a house on Queen Street, next to the Premier Inn. It’s described by some as the “Jewel of York”, and portrays the city’s own rare, endemic Tansy beetle. Commissioned by environmental charity New Networks for Nature, and paid for by crowd funding, I think it’s beautiful. ATM has painted murals across London to Bristol and on to Poland and Norway.
http://atmstreetart.com/about/

 

Entrance to one of the gates

 

Walled walk

 

 

Detail of a bridge

 

 

York Minster, York’s Medieval cathedral

 

Detail inside York Minster

 

 

The Shambles

 

 

Part of the wall

 

River Ouse

 

York railway station

Week 54 – Redcar to Scarborough

Wednesday 9th to Tuesday 15th October 2019

Redcar to Loftus  8 miles
Staithes to Whitby  12.48 miles
Whitby to Ravenscar  9.82 miles
Ravenscar to Scarborough  11.52 miles

Total miles this week 41.82

Total miles to date 2410.69

Redcar

 

Redcar pavement

 

One of Redcar’s many ornate wrought-iron panels by architectural metalworkers Chris Topp and Co. “Based on the concept of the seaside postcard and represent local scenes, with each including a letter which when taken in order form a riddle with a hidden clue”.

 

“Left Luggage”, 2007, by Lewis Robinson. Gifted to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council by “Working Title Films” to celebrate the filming of “Atonement” during the summer of 2006. Redcar.

 

Redcar

 

Redcar Sands

 

Saltburn-by-the-Sea beach huts

 

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

 

Saltburn-by-the-Sea cliff lift

 

Redcar to Loftus

 

Redcar to Loftus

 

Charm bracelet sculpture at Huntcliff, Skinningrove. Redcar to Loftus

 

Cattersty Sands, Loftus

 

Skinningrove. Redcar to Loftus

 

Skinningrove. Redcar to Loftus

 

Illusion art. Staithes

 

Runswick Bay. Staithes to Whitby

 

Runswick Bay. Staithes to Whitby

 

The coastal path went up there! Runswick Bay. Staithes to Whitby

 

Staithes to Whitby

 

Staithes to Whitby

 

Ducks at Sandsend. Staithes to Whitby

 

Whale bone arch, Whitby

 

Cinder Track, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Cinder Track, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Whitby to Ravenscar

 

Remains of the railway platform, Ravenscar to Scarborough

 

Ravenscar to Scarborough

 

Scarborough

 

Scarborough Gaol

 

Scarborough

 

Week 53 – Newbiggin-By-The-Sea to Sunderland

Wednesday 2nd to Tuesday 8th October 2019

Newbiggin-By-The-Sea to Blyth 10.90 miles
Blyth to Tynemouth  11.62 miles
South Shields to Sunderland  9.44 miles

Total miles this week 31.96

Total miles to date 2368.87

 

The “Land Couple”, a smaller version of Sean Henry’s 2007 “Couple”, a large (12.25 x 21 x 6 metre) sculpture on the breakwater at Newbiggin-By-The-Sea

 

Newbiggin-By-The-Sea

 

Newbiggin-By-The-Sea

 

Newbiggin-By-The-Sea to Blyth

 

Newbiggin-By-The-Sea to Blyth

 

Entrance to Blyth Marina

 

Blyth

 

Blyth

 

Blyth beach huts

 

Replica 6″ WWII guns, Blyth

 

National cycle network #1, Blyth to Tynemouth

 

Blyth to Tynemouth

 

Whitley, Blyth to Tynemouth

 

From 21st August to 1st November 2019, 50 big and 114 little individually painted elephant sculptures took over North East streets, parks and public buildings in the biggest and brightest art trail ever seen in the region, raising vital funds for St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice.

 

The Black Middens are a rock formation at the mouth of the River Tyne. In the past they were a particularly dangerous hazard to ships as they are mostly hidden below the water level at high tide. Many ships have been wrecked on the Black Middens over the years, particularly in high winds (Newcastle University, 2017)

 

Black Middens, North Shields

 

This 10ft 6ins (3.2m) sculpture in North Shields, called Fiddler’s Green, is a memorial to fishermen from Tyneside who have lost their lives at sea

 

South Shields

 

The Leas, South Shields to Sunderland

 

South Shields to Sunderland

 

South Shields to Sunderland

 

South Shields to Sunderland

 

Detail of Wearmouth Bridge, Sunderland

Week 52 – Beal to Lynemouth

Wednesday 25th September to Tuesday 1st October 2019

Beal to Belford 9.42 miles
Belford to Seahouses 10.01 miles
Seahouses to Howick 13.02 miles
Longhoughton to Amble  12.08 miles
Amble to Lynemouth  11.36 miles

Total miles this week 55.89

Total miles to date 2336.91

 

Beal to Belford

 

An unconcerned fox, Beal to Belford

 

Beal to Belford

 

Beal to Belford

 

Beal to Belford

 

Beal to Belford

 

Beal to Belford

 

Beal to Belford

 

Beal to Belford

 

Belford to Seahouses

 

Belford to Seahouses

 

View of St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh, where Grace Darling is buried. Belford to Seahouses

 

 

Bamburgh Castle, Belford to Seahouses

 

Belford to Seahouses

 

Seahouses to Howick

 

Remains of Dunstanburgh Castle, Seahouses to Howick

 

Seahouses to Howick

 

Longhoughton to Amble

 

Longhoughton to Amble

 

Longhoughton to Amble

 

Longhoughton to Amble

 

Longhoughton to Amble

 

Longhoughton to Amble

 

Warkworth Bridge, Longhoughton to Amble

 

A wood carving at Amble

 

Amble to Lynemouth

 

Amble to Lynemouth

 

Week 51 – Bo’ness to Beal

Wednesday 18th to Tuesday 24th September 2019

Bo’ness to Queensferry 11.26miles
Queensferry to Murrayfield, Edinburgh 10.32miles
Murrayfield, Edinburgh to Musselburgh 11.51miles
Dunbar to Thorntonloch 8.02miles
Eyemouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed 10.61miles
Berwick-Upon-Tweed to Beal 10.82 miles

Total miles this week 62.54

Total miles to date 2281.02

Bo’ness

 

Bo’ness

 

Approaching Blackness. Bo’ness to Queensferry

 

Blackness Castle, Bo’ness to Queensferry

 

Blackness Castle, Bo’ness to Queensferry

 

Around the grounds of Hopetoun House, Bo’ness to Queensferry

 

The grounds of Hopetoun House, Bo’ness to Queensferry

 

Entrance to Hopetoun House, Bo’ness to Queensferry

 

Queensferry

 

Queensferry

 

Queensferry

 

Queensferry

 

Queensferry to Murrayfield

 

Dalmeny House, Queensferry to Murrayfield

 

Barnton, Queensferry to Murrayfield

 

Ornate gate, Barnton. Queensferry to Murrayfield

 

Corstorphine Wood, Queensferry to Murrayfield

 

Corstorphine Wood, Queensferry to Murrayfield

 

Murrayfield to Musselburgh

 

Murrayfield to Musselburgh

 

Murrayfield to Musselburgh

 

Murrayfield to Musselburgh

 

Murrayfield to Musselburgh

 

Musselburgh

 

Detail of mussel sculpture, Musselburgh

 

Dunbar to Thorntonloch

 

Dunbar to Thorntonloch

 

Dunbar to Thorntonloch

 

Torness Nuclear Power Station, near Thorntonloch

 

Torness Nuclear Power Station, near Thorntonloch

 

Eyemouth

 

Eyemouth

 

Eyemouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Eyemouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Burnmouth harbour, Eyemouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Eyemouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Eyemouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Goodbye Scotland. Eyemouth to Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Castle Vale Park, Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Under the main road bridge at Berwick-Upon-Tweed

 

Berwick-Upon-Tweed to Beal

 

Berwick-Upon-Tweed to Beal

 

 

Week 50 – Helensburgh to Bo’ness

Wednesday 11th to Tuesday 17th September 2019

Helensburgh to Balloch  10.41 miles
Balloch to Killearn  10.25 miles
Strathblane to Kilsyth 13.14 miles
Kilsyth to Falkirk 11.36 miles
Falkirk to Bo’ness 10.86 miles

Total miles this week 56.02

Total miles to date 2166.76

Helensburgh

 

Helensburgh to Balloch

 

Helensburgh

 

Helensburgh to Balloch

 

Helensburgh to Balloch

 

Helensburgh to Balloch

 

Part of an engraved bench, Balloch

 

Loch Lomond, Balloch

 

Balloch to Killearn

 

Balloch to Killearn

 

Balloch to Killearn

 

Strathblane to Kilsyth

 

Strathblane to Kilsyth

 

Bonnybridge, Kilsyth to Falkirk

 

Antonine Wall, Kilsyth to Falkirk

 

Antonine Wall, Kilsyth to Falkirk

 

Antonine Wall, Kilsyth to Falkirk

 

Falkirk Wheel, Kilsyth to Falkirk

 

Falkirk Wheel, Kilsyth to Falkirk

 

Kilsyth to Falkirk

 

Helix Park, Falkirk

 

The Helix, Falkirk

 

The Kelpies, Falkirk, by sculptor Andy Scott

 

Falkirk to Bo’ness

 

Approaching the Avon aqueduct, Falkirk to Bo’ness

 

Avon aqueduct, Falkirk to Bo’ness

 

Falkirk to Bo’ness

 

James Watts’s workshop, Kinneil. Falkirk to Bo’ness

 

Kinneil House, Falkirk to Bo’ness

 

Bo’ness

 

 

Week 49 – Ayr to Bowling

Wednesday 4th to Tuesday 10th September 2019

Ayr to Kilmarnock 6.33 miles
Barassie to Stevenston 12.91 miles
West Kilbride to Largs 10.65 miles
Largs to Wemyss Bay 5.76 miles
Glasgow to Bowling 11.85 miles

Total miles this week 47.5

Total miles to date 2110.74

 

Ayr

 

Ayr to Kilmarnock

 

Barassie to Stevenston

 

Barassie to Stevenston

 

Clydesdale horses. Barassie to Stevenston

 

The dragon on top of the dunes, Irvine

 

Irvine Bay

 

Irvine

 

Irvine

 

“The Carter and his Horse” by David Annand. Carters used to transport coal to Irvine Harbour

 

Barassie to Stevenston

 

A seat for one. Barassie to Stevenston

 

West Kilbride to Largs

 

Portencross Castle, West Kilbride

 

West Kilbride to Largs

 

West Kilbride to Largs

 

West Kilbride to Largs

 

“The Pencil”, Largs. A monument, which looks like a gigantic pencil, commemorates the defeat of a Viking fleet at this spot in 1263

 

Largs

 

Wemyss Bay railway station

 

Glasgow

 

One of the Glasgow Harbour Tunnel Rotundas. Built in the 1890s by the Glasgow Tunnel Company, the Rotunda covered 24-metre (79 ft) deep shafts to tunnels which enabled vehicular and pedestrian access to the other side of the river Clyde.

 

Cycle route besides the River Clyde

 

“Rise” by Andy Scott, which represents the regeneration of the River Clyde.

 

The Forth and Clyde Canal, Glasgow to Bowling

 

The Forth and Clyde Canal, Glasgow to Bowling

 

Bowling

 

Bowling Harbour

 

Bowling