First Four days of May 2015


Þrimilce is the Old English version of May: “month in which cows can be milked three times a day.” (Þ is pronounced like ‘th’ in ‘three’)
Most days I only walk up to Deep Lock, back down to town and home.
As usual the pictures are clickable if you want to see bigger versions. I have linked the appropriate Flickr page with each set but there aren’t so many extra ones this time.




Round the pond, train to Kiveton Park, up to the tunnel mouth and back down the canal home.

The canal between the tunnel and Cinderhill is the best bit – no argument. So many boaters are deterred by the sheer number of locks to be negotiated (22!) that they go no further than Shireoaks Marina. Shame 😦

First, round the pond and up to the Lock Keeper, down to town to get a sarnie (real shame that Birds butchers have gone!). Up to the station for the 0914 train.


From the station I walked up the footpath on the North side of canal – alongside the feeder – to the tunnel entrance. The path isn’t very well posted and passes Quinns Car Transport’s premises. There’s an overhead power cable so the distribution company have cleared the undergrowth to a degree allowing easier passage than a couple of years ago.



There’s three bridges between Dog Kennel Bridge at Kiveton and Thorpe Locks Bridge.
Dog Kennel Bridge is so named because the Duke of Leeds had kennels nearby. Thorpe is Old English for village – see German ‘Dorf’ – the village of Thorpe Salvin is above the canal to the South. The three bridges are Thorpe, Devil’s Hole and Pudding Dyke. ‘Devil’s Hole ‘ is , according to Richlow, “a corruption of the 18th century ‘Dule Hole’ which is of uncertain origin.” Pudding Dyke is the stream that enters the canal from the South and leaves at the (rather excellent) overflow around the bend before joining Anston Brook and forming the river Ryton.



The woods are floored with wild garlic – ramsons as it’s otherwise known. Soon to be a carpet of white flowers. Some of the milestones are on the non-towpath side of the canal; sixteen and seventeen being among them. Flowers next the towpath – yellow cowslips and pinky red campion. The woods across the water look as if they’re rehearsing for the part of Mirkwood. There’s not a lot of wildlife to be seen, though plenty to hear, but you’ll see the occasional wren scuttering along the undergrowth.



Another of those non-towpath milestones. This one’s at Milestone Lock (no. 29) in the Thorpe series of locks. I’m a Leonard Cohen fan so any time I see a ‘Bird on the Wire’ I have to snap it.
Turnerwood’s pair of swans, whose names I have been told but can’t recall, are broody. She sits on the eggs while he swims up and down defending her. He will have a go at anything protruding into ‘his’ space. Dogs beware! I understand that she’s rather old and her eggs aren’t ever fertile now. 😦
On the subject of Turnerwood – there’s a rather fine ice cream (and coffee!) shop – open every day but Thursday in the summer – highly recommended.


 15 05 01 619Horse treeI took a short diversion towards Brancliffe farm at Cinderhill. I rather like actually I really like this picture up from the bottom of the field next to the rail line.


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Back down home via Shireoaks Woodlands – Hugin panorama at the Top o’ the Tip.


 15 05 01 762Taking dinner homeA Robin taking dinner home.
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(‘Other’ was replaced by ‘second’ because the original was rather ambiguous)
Just round the pond, down to town and back

A cool – nay cold – day which probably explains the ex bee.
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(Until the sixteenth century the one after second was thrid!)
Same again:

Gorse has flowers all year round but they really come into bloom in spring. “When Gorse is out of blossom, kissing’s out of fashion.”
There’s a few, very few, bluebells in the copse at the side of Godfrey’s pond.
So far this year (20th) I’ve seen about two hundred ducklings on the pond and up and down the canal. I’d estimate that less than ten percent survive to adulthood. Sparrows are ace! Orange tips are quite common. The moorhen was checking her nest in the ivy on the canal.
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(ð is the voiced version of ‘th’)
Up to Shireoaks Woodlands and back.

The kestrel was hanging about over the pond – not seen much up till now. The sparrow and blackcap were in the marshy copse at the head of the pond. Buzzards are often over Shireoaks tip.
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