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" Tickhill for the Weekend "
Date & start time: Sat / Sunday 15th/16th March 2014.
Location of walk : Gringley on the Hill, North Nottinghamshire, Uk ( SK 736 907 )
Places visited : Gringley, the canal path (Cuckoo Way), Wiseton Bridge and back.
Walk details : 5.1 mls, 150 ft of ascent, a liesurely 2 hours 20 mins.
Highest point : Relaxed walking alongside the canal.
Walked with : Paula and Al, Tom and Abi, Ann and our dog, Harry.
Weather : Sunshine and blue skies, clouding slightly later.
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A reasonable week's weather for those in the Lakes last week.
Valley mist early in the week created a few inversion days which, unfortunately for me, coincided with work . . . well that's life !
This was the view from Whinlatter's Noble Knott viewpoint.
The Skiddaw massif can be seen over the Keswick / Bassenthwaite part of the Borrowdale valley.
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At the weekend we headed across the country again
to spend a weekend with our daughter and family in Tickhill, Yorkshire.
On the Saturday we enjoyed a sunny walk with hardly any feet of ascent . . . such are the canal systems of the UK.
Our starting point for a short stretch of the Chesterfield Canal was the village of Gringley on the Hill.
Ooops . . . a mistake to start . . . there was a bit of climbing to get back up "onto the hill" at the end.
High Street . . . a good name for the top street of Gringley on the Hill.
We stand briefly in the shadow of St Peter and St Paul's.
Heading down through the village full of lovely old houses.
As we passed this young dog jumped up to greet us, trying hard all the time for a closer look !
Hold your cursor over the picture to see what I mean.
At the bottom of the village is a field dedicated to a Dog Training school.
A round table and a bench next to the water . . . we had reached the canal.
The first bridge of our walk known as Middle Bridge
as there are three bridges for three parallel roads on this side of the village.
I held back slightly to catch this group photo of the family down on the towpath.
Paula, Abi, Tom, Al and Ann.
Abi has a new camera and wanted to take her own pictures close to the next bridge.
This was the overflow tunnel from the adjacent lock gates.
It all goes to prove that, although the canal seems level, there is a constant movement of water along its length.
The lock gates and Keepers Cottage.
The overflow stream carries the excess water from above the second lock gate to avoid the canal overflowing the lock.
This is extensive arable country with flat fields as far as the eye can see.
This crop was some sort of beet or kale, it was too early to tell exactly what from the leaves.
Gentle walking along the canal tow path . . .
. . . in the lovely sunshine.
Abi and Ann making use of a fallen tree for a few moments . . .
. . . whilst Tom takes a more elevated view of life.
An old building on the opposite bank of the canal has seen better days.
Canal wildlife, Mr and Mrs Mallard.
As we walked along we tried to draw level with them . . .
. . . but each time they flew off and landed a little further up the canal
till they got bored and flew away completely.
The canal has to negotiate Cuckoo Hill.
It could be done with a longer diversion to the west but the choice was to build a short tunnel.
The towpath goes up and over the top.
The other end of the tunnel, approximately a hundred yards further on.
Looking back through the arch, foreshortened by the zoom.
Moored up beyond the turn is a British Waterways maintenance vessel, a blue tug and a work barge.
We had passed signs of their labours in the cut tree trunks and pruned hedges along the way.
This classic long boat was obviously home to someone
by the looks of the logs, wheelbarrow, and bike on the cabin roof.
A more ornate bridge close to Wiseton Hall.
That's a big tractor working in the fields of Prospect Hill Farm.
It is towing quite a long and complicated trailer too.
As it turns, the purpose of the trailer becomes apparent.
It is a multiple plough / disc harrow machine preparing the soil ready for planting.
The big road wheels hydraulically drop to lift the implements clear of the ground and allow the whole thing to turn.
Leaving the canal at the next bridge, we cross over
and walk pass Wiseton Lodge and its well maintained grounds.
The footpath takes us uphill now, back towards Gringley . . . on the Hill.
This old windmill has been converted to living accommodation.
A short road walk through the village brings us back to the Market Cross and the end of our walk.
Time to get back for a spot of lunch.
Afterwards Tom went kayaking with the Scouts and the rest of us stayed home and relaxed.
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Before he went out Paula and Tom had made a lovely mixed-berry cheesecake.
After lunch it was Abi's turn to create a culinary masterpiece in the kitchen.
Sunset over Tickhill.
Home tomorrow after our brief but very enjoyable stay.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or my Nikon P520 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . Mixed-berry cheesecake followed by lemon drizzle cake.
Previous walk - 10th March 2014 - Bowfell for our third 214
A previous time here - 4th February 2012 Tickhill and the Snow
Next walk - 22nd March 2014 - Muncaster Fell with Neil