Accidental walk to Lindrick Dale

Wednesday I set off to walk to Deep lock and back.
The female goosander was at the pond:

Resident Female Goosander

Resident Female Goosander


On the pound below Deep lock the little narrowboat Rosie was moored. She’s rather unusual, not only because of her size, because she uses an outboard motor.
Nb Rosie

Nb Rosie

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I was quite anticipating that by now some part of me would be beginning to ache. If it’s not my shins or my back it’s usually my hips, left first and then right.(Hips don’t lie) Anyhow, there was no such pain, so I carried on up the canal.

Tree taking its jacket off

Tree taking its jacket off

The little copse between canal and A57 roadway is populated by fairly newly planted trees, many of which are popping out of their protective sleeves.

 

There’s the occasional nest in among the hawthorns and sloes:

Well made nest

This nest is particularly well made


On towards Tylden Road bridge, there’s a pond hidden off to the side. I believe it’s a BW C&RT sludge dump. one end has a forest of teazels (teasels?) growing wild.
Teazels

Teazels


(I have been through the hedge & snapped ’em BTW)

By now I was feeling pretty damn good, so I mentally committed myself to walking to Shireoaks.

Cyclist and dogs

Cyclist and dogs

Just beyond Doefield Dun lock I was passed by a familiar figure. Don’t know her name or where she’s from, but I’ve seen her all over the place on her bike with her three dogs.

 

Nice to see Python on her mooring at Shireoaks Miners’ Welfare:

Chesterfield Canal Trust's "Python"

Chesterfield Canal Trust’s “Python”

Mystery paddle thing

Mystery paddle thing

In the marina a veritable fleet of barges were moored. They’re dredging the canal and presumably using the marina to offload sludge. What these are have no idea (there’s two of ’em whatever they are)!

 

I walked through the marina and alongside the railway to Shireoaks.
You know that feeling: “I’ve started so I’ll finish”? Well by the time I arrived at Shireoaks I was feeling great, so I walked on.

Footpath notice

Footpath notice


They’ve been messing with footpaths around Duke’s Bridge to go under rather than up and over the railway:

 

This sea of mud is the new footpath.

This sea of mud is the new footpath.

There’s not been a great deal done to make the “footpath” passable on the Duke’s bridge side of the rail line:

 

Once under the line (the bridge is about six inches deep in water at the moment) you are on a lovely new pathway; shame about the first bit.

At Brancliffe Grange there’s a little clump of snowdrops that, being on a south facing bank, have fared better than the patch at Duke’s bridge.

Snowdrops at Brancliffe

Snowdrops at Brancliffe

Over the canal feeder and on up to Moses’ Seat (why the name?)

In to Moses' Seat

In to Moses’ Seat

Down to the river

Down to the river

 

Down at the bottom of the wood there’s the feeder again and the river Ryton. It’s notable how the rock was cut through – not for the canal but for the feeder.

Feeder cut into rock

Feeder cut into rock


In the middle of the wood is the start of the feeder at a weir on the river:
Start of the Brancliffe feeder

Start of the Brancliffe feeder

Towards the west end of the wood the path is high over the river down a precipitous slope – I’m terrified of heights so no photographs and no going back there for me!

Google maps screenshot

Google maps screenshot

The houses at Lindrick Dale are effin lovely – one in particular is apparently under construction and has two lakes:

 

Once back on the canal it’s downhill all the way home. I took some time to snap some moss on a lock arm.

Moss looks like a fern. How fractal!

Moss looks like a fern. How fractal!

I changed lenses from tele to normal and almost immediately a treecreeper appeared: This was the best I could do with that lens (Cropped & ‘shopped!). Damnit!

Treecreeper

Treecreeper

 

Below Turnerwood the feeder parallels the canal for a while before joining it.15:16:52 Chesterfield canal  6th February 2013 38615:16:56 Chesterfield canal  6th February 2013 387

 

Back down at the marina there’s something I missed on the outbound: Nb Pebley out of the water beyond New Dawn.

Nb Pebley regularly moored at Osberton lock down at Scofton behind New Dawn.

Nb Pebley regularly moored at Osberton lock down at Scofton. Here behind New Dawn at Shireoaks Marina.

Towards Doefield Dun a heron took flight.

Heron doin' the buggerin' off.

Heron doin’ the buggerin’ off.

Perhaps it was the dredger that had spooked him.
Dredging in progress

Dredging in progress

East of Sandy Lane another (or perhaps the same?) heron took off.

Heron doin' the buggerin' off, again!

Heron doin’ the buggerin’ off, again!

You’ve got to admit this sky’s worth noticing!

Sky, clouds & sunshine.

Sky, clouds & sunshine.

Map of the walk
All the pics of the walk
Anyhow, that’s what I did on Wednesday!

3 thoughts on “Accidental walk to Lindrick Dale

  1. I do like the pictures, especially the clean lines of the cutting for the feeder.
    Why did I see the Whitwell Woods series too?
    How’s the old bones after all that trudging along!
    T

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  2. After about 30 yeras nb Pebley has been sold by the owners who used to keep her at Osberton. She now has a mooring in Shireoaks Basin. The new owner is one of the New Dawn volunteers.

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