Monday, 11 April 2016

To Staveley

Sunday, 10th April 2016

Sunny day, and mild, pleasant travelling weather.

Totally uneventful drive for the 135 miles to Poolsbrook Caravan Club Site, Staveley.

The site is upto the usual Caravan Club standard.

The site is located on the edge of a Country Park, coming as we do from what was once industrial Tyneside, we can recognise a reclaimed industrial site when we see one.

A quick visit to Google confirms, the park was formerly the Ireland Coal Mine. The reclamation has been well done, with lakes, walking paths, cycle tracks and horse riding tracks with suitable landscaping and tree planting. It is all very reminiscent of Colliery Wood, Herrington Country Park or Rising Sun Countryside Centre, all near where we live!

A stroll into Staveley, the similarities continue, this could be any number of former mining "villages" in the North East!

Monday, 11th April 2016

Sunny with cloud and mild, the weather forecast says, and, so it turns out.

We cycle to Chesterfield, and back,  along the Chesterfield Canal, a little over 15 miles of easy pedalling, with a coffee and cake stop en-route.

A pleasant lunch in "Ye Olde Oak" reputedly, the oldest pub in Chesterfield.

Chesterfield appears to be a lively place, a real market with stalls selling a variety of things, and, the usual array of major stores, and plenty of places to eat / drink .

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