Norwood Tunnel to Worksop

After Saturday’s walk up to Pudding Dyke Bridge I decided to do the whole of the Chesterfield canal top pound. As I’m not as fit as I used to be, I decided to do it just one way. So Train to Kiveton Park it was.
First though I had to wander round the pond and see the LWWDs. There was an interloping pair of grebes who were being kicked off by one of the residents.I’m not sure if they’ve gone, one grebe looks much like another and they all disappear under water from time to time.
Speaking of diving, grebes go under with a minimum of disturbance, leaving a few rings on the water; coots and tufted ducks make much more of a meal of it, splashing and wallowing down.

Crossing the canal It occurred to me that what I take for granted was in fact quite beautiful: the different greens of various trees and shrubs reflected in the water.’Tis pretty, innit?


Number one dog Benji was on the Rugby field and you couldn’t ask for better pic than this:


Back on the pond the bottom nest was still tenanted:


Kiveton Park station is next to Dog Kennel bridge.(map)
This used to be a turnover” or “snake bridge where the horse could be left hitched to the boat while the towpath changed sides but is no longer.


A hundred yards up the canal there’s a drain entering across the other side.

Nowadays I imagine there’d just be a pipe sticking out of the bank but these Georgian engineers were better than that.


Broadbridge Dyke feeder spills down an even more ornate cascade at the winding hole.


The tunnel itself is bricked off.


Back at the bridge the old pathway up the south-eastern bank is still there …


… as is the underbridge towpath.


Albert’s dock, where the stone for the Houses of Parliament was loaded, is at the fifteen mile milestone (that reads horrible but …)


Along the top pound there are three narrow points where “stop planks can be inserted to divide off sections of the pound for maintenance without losing too much water.


Approaching Pudding Dyke bridge I first heard and then saw a couple of pheasants in a neighbouring field. Only caught their heads poking above the crop.


The woods across the other side have blue and white patches of bluebells and ramsons shining through the green.


Nb Jeanie Deans approached round the corner just east of Pudding Dyke weir. They were very nice about my pictures.


At Thorpe Top Treble lock a BW guy was letting water through to compensate for Jeanie Deans usage. With the amount of water spilling over Pudding Dyke weir it would not be missed in the top pound.


At it’s master’s invitation I threw a stick for a small Jack Russell


The Turnerwood cob swan was still defending his sitting mate.


Turnerwood pound was being valiantly defended.


And a goose family was on the bank at Feeder lock.
Mum having a well deserved stretch.


Just some pics of a bird, no idea what it is.


And a final bonus chick flick pic:

All pics on this post are on Flickr here and here.


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