The Fourth Bridge

We’re walking from Bedlam to cross the Severn at Ironbridge, then down the old GWR railway track to Coalport. After crossing the bridge there, we’ll follow the old LNWR railway track as far as Coalport youth hostel. Success! The café is open…
Suitably refreshed, we’ll cross the river twice more – over the footbridge towards the Boat Inn, then back through Jackfield to cross the river one more time…

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South from Borth on the coastal path

We’ve done this one before, eight years ago (it hasn’t changed much! See Down the coast – Borth to Aber). We’re taking the train: a day return to Aberystwyth, but we’ll get out at Borth and complete the journey to the railway’s terminus on foot, along the coastal path with wonderful views of Cardigan Bay. Closer to hand, there are several little gatherings of splendid parasol mushrooms, and in the air are numerous gulls and one or two red kites. Unusually, we’re above them occasionally – this isn’t a level path. At highest, we’re about 350ft above sea level, but the numerous ups and downs make for 1,300ft of ascent in total. Nor is it a long path – a little over six miles between the two railway stations, which means we don’t need to hurry to catch the train home again. Just as well – the next one is two hours later…

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Lovely little locos

Another visit to another favourite 2’0″ gauge line, the Apedale Valley Railway, which held a steam gala earlier today. There will be lots more photos (once I’ve worked through them all) and an account of the visit on Geoff’s Rail Diaries; in the meantime, here are three ‘newcomers’. The German-built O&K, with its neat little tender, spent its working life in Argentina. Avonside Ogwen was repatriated from the USA a few years ago, and Edgar is a ‘new-build’ replica of a (French) Decauville locomotive. A multinational railway!

Apedale Valley Light Railway

Jonathan’s and Town Brook

A walk from, but not in, the Carding Mill Valley. Once parked, I’m away back out of the valley, taking the path to Cwm Dale to reach the Batch Valley. At its head, the latter splits – into Long Batch, and Jonathan’s Hollow which takes me up to the Long Mynd plateau. I’ll stop for lunch at the froggy pond near the junction with the direct path from the Carding Mill. Pond? It’s a mere puddle! We’ve had a little rain in the last week or so – what was it like in August? I hope the frogs are OK!
Lunch over, I’ll continue to the top, Pole Bank, where there are just two people, one oblivious to everything but his smartphone, his companion engaged in a loud phone call: “I’m on a hill…” I won’t stay (I was here just last week after all) – I’ll head for the heather-clad ridge leading to the top of Town Brook Valley, then follow its narrow path down towards Church Stretton – and there’s a car in Carding Mill Valley…

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The pumping station

A visit to a open day at the old pumping station, in Shrewsbury’s Coleham district. The old pumping engines have been lovingly restored – so have their boilers – and are steam-operated at fairly regular intervals. Outside the building, there’s more of interest, including steam-powered garden railway trains, a 7¼” miniature railway and a 2′-gauge line. Great fun!

Coleham Pumping Station

And here’s the movie: