Monday, November 18, 2019

Malin Bridge, Load Brook, Ughill, Low Bradfield, High Bradfield, Foldrings, and Oughtibridge

Public transport ran on schedule for me today; three trams, two trains, and a bus. After arriving at Sheffield this morning I caught the tram to Malin Bridge and then headed straight down into the Rivelin Valley Nature and Heritage Trail.

I nearly bumped into a jogger because neither of us knew which side of the path to move to; it's generally a lot simpler when I encounter mountainbikers - quite often they'll yell out 'To Your Left' or 'To Your Right' and pass on that side.

I didn't go right to the end of the trail, instead I climbed out of the valley just before the parking area at Tofts and walked up onto the high fields.

I headed west towards Bradfield, passing through the hamlets of Load Brook and Ughill.; I stopped to photograph this piece of agricultural machinery - I was intrigued by the scrubbing brushes.

At a junction of two roads on my way down to Low Bradfield I noticed some sort of monument or obelisk over to my left. There was an inscription and a date but it was well worn and indistinct. I shall do some online research later and post any information I find.

It's dangerous to walk up the road from Low Bradfield to High Bradfield; fortunately there's a lovely footpath across the fields. It's a fairly steep climb and at the top I was ready for my glass of Diet Coke or whatever it was, at the Old Horns Inn.

As usual I took some photographs of the village church.

I left High Bradfield by taking the footpath that goes off to the northeast and the next place I arrived at was Foldrings. I then walked through some woods and down the road to Oughtibridge. Many of the views in this area are spoiled by pylons and power lines - I did manage to compose these three images though...with quite a bit of cropping required for the final two.

 Hoar Stones Road near to Edgefield Farm, above Bradfield. This unusual building is described, in Roger Redfern's book Portrait of Bradfield Dale, as being built over a roadside spring and was erected over the spring after a child drowned there in 1832. The Obelisk is in memory of this sorrowful event.

Thanks to Mick Walpole, replying on the Peak District Past and Present Facebook page.

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