Lost………Maybe Not!!!

I was alone, darkness was falling, I didn’t know where I was. How was I ever going to get home……….

So I had planned a run or cycle today, however my niggle free knee started to niggle. All because I caught my foot in my PJ bottoms (that’s what you get for buying a size too big cos they were cheap in the sale!!) as I carried the morning coffee/tea upstairs. Thankfully, and god knows how, I only spilt a little bit and squashed my Jaffa cakes, but other than that all was well until I started up the next staircase and felt a twinge. Plan B!

With the men in my life heading out to the rugby I decided on a walk, and thanks to an email last night asking about a railway relic I had photographed I decided to go back for another look -big mistake. Don’t get me wrong it was a lovely walk and a much longer walk than my gps would have you believe, but maybe not setting off until two wasn’t the best of ideas ,especially when I realised there was a building site through the middle of where I walk. Seemingly (so a nice lady dogwalker told me) they are replacing the old pit stacks, which they have discovered are poisonous ,with nice clean, non poisonous soil. Poisonous -eek. Jack and I have had life climbing up and down there -whoops.

The building site, threw me off track literally. I couldn’t find where I wanted to go, then when I did find it I couldn’t find my way back – I was starting to panic, but more because I didn’t want the chicken I’d left roasting to be overcooked than anything else -though I must confess it was a tad scary!!

Still, those regular readers of my blog will know that as good as I am at getting lost, I am also just as good at finding my way back. Today was no different and typically, having climbed muddy bankings and squelched my way through clay, dodgy soil and other things I came out on a path that would have taken me straight there. I would have been better running or cycling, it would have been easier on the knee.

By four o clock ish, I was nearly back at the car, and after a chat with some fishermen, who had been sat on the canal side for over eight hours (are they mad!) I headed home, caked in mud and clay. I certainly got some strange looks when I called in Tesco’s on the way home. I got some even stranger looks when I walked back in again five minutes later. You see I bought my loaf of bread and headed home, it was only when I went to get my house key out did I realise it was in the car -still parked at Tesco’s. I’d forgotten I’d gone in it and walked home -good job it’s only at the bottom of the street -what a Wally!!

Time lost -half an hour. Time walking -two hours

Three miles done, a few photos taken

Bring it on

We’ve Only Gone and Found It……………

Well after nearly a week of searching we’ve found it, it’s taken some doing I can tell you. Yes after our adventures on Wednesday discovering abandoned railways and then the impromptu search on the internet to see whether it was or wasn’t (I know I’m a saddo!)We’ve been on the look out for a railway  – the Crigglestone Curve and Viaduct – that is 100% abandoned. But before we looked for that there was still the matter of Wednesdays discovery to look at. So was it an abandoned track -well your guess is as good as mine. If there are any railway relic enthusiasts out there who know -please get in touch. Anyway, abandoned or not we went for a look. There were two tracks up there and I would say one is certainly no longer in use -it had a big buffer at the end of the line but we didn’t walk any further along as the other track looked like it may have been used sometime recently -and the signal was on red -maybe that was a huge clue that it still worked. Still we had a great afternoon climbing here there and everywhere to see what else we could find.

Since then I’ve crossed fields(thanks for your help Ryan) been through tunnels and crossed becks -all in the hunt for the Crigglestone Viaduct that has seemingly been blocked off to the public, today we struck gold, or we would have done except some Health and Safety Saddos spoilt our fun -I was all for climbing the steel gate they’d put up to stop – well I’m not sure what its to stop -why can’t we go look, until I put my hands on the fence -some miserable git has painted it with tar….I’ll be back and next time I’ll be prepared -has anyone got any ladders……………..

A great find

Can’t wait to see more

Bring it on



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