Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Walking with my buddies

Hello. It's been a nice day for a walk, plenty of sunshine though a bit windy on exposed areas with no shelter. It stayed dry, and the ground was not wet, so it was easy going, until we got to a ploughed field with very deep furrows. Our starting point was All Saints Church in Misterton, a few miles west of Gainsborough. 
A new monument has been installed since I was last here. Paul is setting up his GPS in his phone. 
We set off down the Chesterfield Canal, a route I have taken before. It wasn't long before we came across a dog walker. I love it when they come bounding towards you with a waggy tail. Slobbering all down your trousers, ha ha.

Paul decided he would try and open the lock gates, don't know why, we haven't a boat to get through.

Paul sat on it for the ride.

We followed the canal for almost six miles, it was a long straight stretch passing under six bridges. It then took a sharp left turn, underneath the A631 and went into the Drakeholes Tunnel. At this point we had to take the footpath to the right, and cross over a minor road, and pick the canal up as it came out the other side. 
Just crossed the road, looking down on the canal.

There is a hotel restaurant called The White Swan on the main road, such a shame that it has closed down, it's a lovely building.

We've picked the canal up again, you can just see through the tunnel to the other end.

Another stretch of canal walking, just as we passed under a bridge at Wiseton we found some people filming, it's amazing what you come across. They were very friendly and posed for a photograph. They didn't know where the film would end up, first it was going to be shown at film festivals. 
We walked through Wiseton village and just as we got back on the canal we found a bench to sit on in a sunny spot. I was ready for lunch. It was lovely, listening to the birds twittering, I could have stayed there a bit longer, but we had to get on. The way the trees were leaning towards the water makes a nice picture.

We got off the canal and walked into Clayworth. St Peters Church looks nice in the sunshine.

Love these painted signs.

Then it was quite a long trek across fields, past Clayworth Woodhouse and Beckingham Wood, cross over the A631 and take a track to Walkeringham. This is the Parish Church of St Mary Magdalen. 
From there we walked along more fields back to Misterton. Here we have a portrait of Her Majesty on the side of a boarded up building. Seems a strange place to put it.

The Methodist church in Misterton is a splendid old building.

It was gone 5pm when we arrived back at the car, Paul checked the distance, 14.75 miles. A bit further than last time, but not so strenuous because it was mainly flat. Paul's shift patterns are changing at work soon, so we have to wait and see when his next day off will be.

Relax time now so I'll say goodnight.
Toodle pip.


  1. Interesting how old Methodist churches look very similar on both sides of the Atlantic. I wonder if the architect got a commission for each time the drawings were used?

  2. There are some interesting buildings...I'd love to see inside the building that used to be the hotel/restaurant.
    Jane x

  3. looks like a good time was had by all. Nice to see somewhere where there is no snow!!

  4. Thank you for all your wonderful pictures. I may never get to England and you visit so many places that are just the kind of place I want to see. Keep 'em coming.

  5. Beautiful day! Thanks for showing us your fun walks. Love the pic. with the pups.

  6. Looks like a lovely walk...the canal is intriguing. Better to have HRH on the building than for it to be all peeling paint, etc., right? Great pictures and a long walk. Good for you!

  7. Thanks for sharing another beautiful day out...

  8. Hello.I was delighted to see the lovely day,sun,hints of greenery,you and your pals out for a formidable hike.Such beautiful photos and interesting info thank you( again) and it really lifted my spirits after the storm yesterday and minus 21 temperature today.Winter is very long and very cold here but this year it seems VERY long to us here in Ontario who love to get out gardening.In 1954,the week of March 5th,my Dad said he was cutting the grass because it had grown so long and he was compelled to just wear an undershirt because it was so warm.Hilariously,and because of fickle Mother Nature I was chipping away at ice encrusted snow on walkways and wearing a down filled coat today.Oh well.Glad to see you so bright eyed amd bushytailed on your outings.Bye,warm regards,D.

  9. Thank you for taking us with you on your walk, you certainly came across some interesting things

  10. I love when you go walking....enjoyed this walk a whole lot.
    Beautiful day, beautiful old buildings, beautiful people along the couldn't ask for more.

  11. These walks are so delightful! As spring starts springing I'm looking forward for more of these great walks.

  12. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing. (Particularly loved the Methodist building). Debbie

  13. What a crystal clear day - glad you were able to make the best of it!
    I love that White Swan building - those rooms in the center must be beautiful, with a wider view than an ordinary "flat" room would have. Maybe the next time you are in the neighborhood, it will have reopened and you can go inside. I'll stand you a pint :)

  14. Thank you for lifting my spirits with your walk tales and wonderful photos. Been feeling old and sorry for myself with a stinking cold and worries about poorly dad-in-law. Reading your ever cheerful blog always puts a little smile back on my face :0)

  15. What a lovely day out! Beautiful walks in your part of the world.

  16. I love the gorgeous photos from your walk Ilona.....and almost 15 miles....brilliant.
    Jacquie x


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