Sunday, January 31, 2021

Walking To My Nearest Trigpoint

I spent a few minutes resarching this online, and my nearest trigpoint turned out to be where I thought it would be, at Pickburn, about five miles from where I live. By the way, a trigpoint is a low, pyramidal concrete pillar used for surveying by the Ordnance Survey many decades ago. 

After walking through the town centre I used a stretch of the Doncaster Greenway. There are several railway themed benches installed at various locations along the network of trails; I photographed two of them today.

I reached Highfields Country Park and then Brodsworth Community Woodland. 

The location of the trigpoint as at the side of the road at the start of the bridleway that goes to Hooton Pagnell. I've been a bit suspicious that this has always been the location of the pillar though, it looks as if it's just been dropped there after possibly being moved from another location.

I continued beyond the trigpoint, dropped down into Brodsworth and then walked along the country road which would get me back to town as quickly as possible.

After a few hundred yards there was a footpath sign, this was the start of a path I'd not used before; that always adds a bit of extra interest to a walk. I walked through a wood at the back of the houses on Green Lane and then joined the cycleway which goes along the Roman Ridge to within less than two miles from the town centre.

UPDATE: Here's the map showing the location of the Stirling Single bench that Richard asked about in his comment.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Cusworth Hall and Sprotbrough

A short local walk to Cusworth Hall and Sprotbrough; the weather was lovely, much better for taking photographs than it was yesterday.

When I reached Sprotbrough I couldn't walk down by the river where the moorings are because workmen were clearing up the mud from the floods and so I had to go across the bridge and walk along the other bank back to Doncaster.

The sundial was very accurate; it was 10:02 when I was at the church.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

A Circular Walk To Rossington

I took the opportunity presented by the decent weather to get out for another walk today. I went to Rossington, going outbound by the Lakeside area and returning via the iPort Lakes. I've done most of this walk before but I did find a new area of woodland to explore...the upturned tree roots were the most interesting thing I found to photograph all day.

The lighting was very flat and I didn't take many photographs; the final three were taken from the top of the colliery spoilheap and on the southern approach to the iPort Lakes.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Flooding In The Don Gorge

Another local walk along the banks of the River Don going to Sprotbrough and beyond. I used both the old railway bridge and the Conisbrough Viaduct to get across the gorge to the other side.

A photograph of another part of the large mural painted on the bridge that I needed to go under on my way to Newton.

As I approached Sprotbrough I spotted the first signs of this week's floods.

I couldn't reach the fish pass because of  the floods; I didn't need to go there though.

This next flooded stretch was blocking my way and I needed to find a way round it by climbing up through the woods.

I still had to wade through a flooded gully though, the water was about a foot deep.

I always like to photograph Steetley Quarry in the sunshine.

I managed some different angles and compositions of Conisbrough Viaduct. The man in the second photograph was doing a training walk, he'd already climbed up and jogged down the hill fourteen times - I think it's about one hundred foot high.

I continued on my way back to the seating area down by the river at Sprotbrough, taking the high level footpath.

Not too far from home, as I was walking through the park at Hexthorpe I noticed that The Dell area was closed due to the floods.


Sunday, January 17, 2021

Doncaster Racecourse, Sandall Beat Wood, and Cantley Park

Another local lockdown walk today; this time to Cantley Park, one of my nearest areas of open countryside...although it does involve quite a bit of walking through urban areas.

A nice bit a wordplay in the naming of this street near the aircraft museum.

To get to Cantley Park I took the path that goes at the side of the racecourse and then goes to Sandall Beat Wood. I found a different way to reach this path this morning, going through some woodland,  meaning that I didn't need to walk through the housing estate at Cantley.

Several people were actually walking on the course with their dogs, I did go onto it briefly myself to take a few photographs.

It was still quite icy in Sandall Beat Wood and some of the adjacent areas.

In Cantley Park some parts were flooded though.

I took a different route to return back home, going across some nearby fields to reach the racecourse - there are a lot of paths in this area that I shall have to return to explore. There were a lot more people on the course by now, but this part of the course is near to a convenient parking area.