Photography - Photographs from my long walk home - continued...

Rudyard Lake

A markerrudyard lake -
Rudyard Lake, Leek, Staffordshire ST13, UK
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A little paradise in the heart of Staffordshire

...and so the Journey Continues

...and so the journey continues, along the footpath that runs alongside Rudyard Lake. There is a miniature railway running along about half way up the path, if I wasn't determined to complete my trek on foot I could have got on it and ridden all the way to the Rudyard Miniature Railway Station, but I don't cheat. I smile and wave at the passengers and walk on. I stop off on the far side of the lake at the visitors centre to use the facilities and have a cup of coffee - black with no sugar - pure caffeine ensuring that I keep a brisk walk ahead. After about 10 minutes I make my way to the Cauldon canal feeder which is at the base of the dam at the foot of the hill accessed not too far from Rudyard visitors centre.

The walk is through a canopy of trees, partially shaded and alive with the colour of wild life, insects and shrubbery, so memorizing at times that I forget I have my little camera with me but I do take some photographs along the way. Enjoy...

My photographic Journey

Rudyard Miniature Train
Rudyard Miniature Train | Source
Rudyard Lake Visitors Centre coffee shop
Rudyard Lake Visitors Centre coffee shop
Towards Miniature Railway Station
Towards Miniature Railway Station
Rudyard Miniature Railway The Station
Rudyard Miniature Railway The Station
Looking back at the little Bridge over the Cauldon Canal Feeder
Looking back at the little Bridge over the Cauldon Canal Feeder
Footpath along - canopy of trees, wonderful colours, foraging wildlife
Footpath along - canopy of trees, wonderful colours, foraging wildlife
footpath continue
footpath continue
gateway
gateway
A raven has swooped on some prey.  It's hard to see but look very closely and maybe...
A raven has swooped on some prey. It's hard to see but look very closely and maybe...
and on....
and on....
and on....
and on....
a purple haze under the canopy - with bluey shrubbery
a purple haze under the canopy - with bluey shrubbery
Style
Style
Really old tree along the walkway
Really old tree along the walkway
a purple haze to the side of the old tree caused by the sunlight pushing through the branches of the trees
a purple haze to the side of the old tree caused by the sunlight pushing through the branches of the trees
Prettiness of the twin trees casting shadows along the walk
Prettiness of the twin trees casting shadows along the walk
Looking back along the route
Looking back along the route
Amazing view 1
Amazing view 1
Amazing view 2
Amazing view 2
The Hollybush, Denford The end of the walk
The Hollybush, Denford The end of the walk | Source

...towards the Journey's End...

The Cauldon Canal feeder from Rudyard Lake eventually leads to a place called Ladderedge Country Park. Due to the breach on the Leek Branch of the Cauldon Canal I have to work my way off the feeder and climb up through Ladderedge Country Park. The climb up is well worth the views. My feet are killing me and I have a pain at the back of my knee...but I am determined to keep going. At the top of Ladderedge I cross the road and walk through Mollats Wood, it's a tricky walk, stoney and mostly down hill because it will eventually take me to the Leek Branch of the Cauldon Canal. Going up hill with a pain in the back of my knee is far easier than going down hill but I keep going. My witness wants me to stop and she ring her hubby to take me the rest of the way (the witness joined me at the Knot Inn when a prevous witness dropped out) but then that would mean my giving up. Not going to happen. So on I trek. Eventually we drop down onto the Leek Branch of the Cauldon Canal. The pain in the back of my knee is getting worse and so my pace is slowing. As we walk to the bridge and onto Sutherland Road to drop down to the mainline of the Cauldon Canal - the pain is even worse.

The mobile phone rings and a voice asks where we are. We are just going over the railway bridge and dropping down onto the main Cauldon Canal, we are about 5 minutes away from The Hollybush and our final destination. I drag myself along the towpath and as we approach the bridge at the Hollybush, I straighten up, rub the back of my knee and march round the corner to a fanfare of applauds from friends and relatives but all I want is to get home, have bath and relax. I state that I will walk up hill to the house but they insist on giving me a lift. I accept graciously.

Remarkably, I awake the following morning tired but unscathed and the pain behind my knee has completely gone.

The walk was a most enjoyable experience even when things started to get a little tough towards the end.

Thank you for joining me on this epic walk.


Rudyard Lake Steam Railway

Rudyard Lake Miniature Railway

Rudyard Railway sits in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands just off the Macclesfield to Leek Road. Rudyard Railway Station first opened in 1850 on the Churnet Valley Line. In 1926 the station at Rudyard was officially named ‘Rudyard Lake’ and the station at the north end of the lake was named ‘Cliffe Park’. It remained a passenger service until 1960 when services were withdrawn, freight services continued until 1964 when the track was finally lifted.

The miniature railway was built on the trackbed on the Westside of the lake in 1978 running from Rudyard Station to the Dam closing two years later In 1985 a further 10.25 inch minimum gauge railway was started and the railway was extended 1.5 miles towards Cliffe Park Station.

Nowadays Rudyard Lake Steam Railway uses the station area as its headquarters and includes a public carpark. The original up side standard gauge platform and retaining walls and flower beds are still visible. In 2010 there were five steam locomotives and 11 carriages, several wagons, there are engine and carriage sheds, a workshop and signal box, footbridge and a level crossing. The Platform 2 cafe now uses this area for its seating and the original waiting shelter foundations for its buildings. The attraction operates all year round and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010.

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kerlund74 2 years ago from Sweden

Like these photos:) The ones with a lot of grass and trees reminds me of summer, so wonderful.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Make several shorter trips if you want to video it. No need to do the whole thing in one day. Enjoy yourself. I really enjoyed your walk.


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leni sands 3 years ago from UK Author

Apart from 'do the walk all over again and video it as I go' how can I improve this - I hasten to add that I don't have the energy to do it again...


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leni sands 3 years ago from UK Author

Apart from 'do the walk all over again and video it as I go' how can I improve this - I hasten to add that I don't have the energy to do it again...


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leni sands 3 years ago from UK Author

Apart from 'do the walk all over again and video it as I go' how can I improve this - I hasten to add that I don't have the energy to do it again...


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Keith Sutherland7 4 years ago from Brixham, Devon


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK Author

Thanks for tagging along


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Beautiful Photos and I'm glad it was a nice, sunny day. :)


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK Author

Many thanks to you libby101a, Nellieanna, Yess! - it was good to have your company along the way.


Yess! 6 years ago

Thank you for taking me on this beautiful walk!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

ah - that sounds like the reason I didn't see the comments box! Thank you for the explanation.


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libby101a 6 years ago from KY

Beautiful photography! Thanks for sharing!


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK Author

Hello there Nellianna, thank you for joining me on my walk. Your comments are much appreciated. The comments box on the poem hub 'someone stopped following me yesterday' is right at the bottom - there are about 18 comments on it - I was editing the hub so maybe it didn't appear when you visited. I've been editing one or two of them adding a list of links to my other poems.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

What luscious verdant countryside! Lovely places to walk and ponder! Good hub!! (no grubs!! - but why is there no comment box on that poem hub? My comment would have been to never feel discouraged if someone leaves your following. Even if it were a relationship of even more consequence, it is well to give benefit of doubt and chalk it up to other concerns in his or her life, not to what you did or didn't do right or wrong - by whose standard? - . We can never know what motivates others, nor can we even rarely even if we knew them well, fix our own actions to please or fit their needs, which may change by the moment, anyway! 'To thine own self be true' is a really good adage and you seem to be doing that!) Thumbs up!


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK Author

I agree with the walking mentally and physically; he he some say I was mental for doing it (lol) and physically I was complete 'creamed crackered' by the end. Seriously though my camera and I love walking...thanks for your comment dahoglund


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

You have good pictures. Walking is also a health thing o do, mentally and physically.


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK Author

Thank you Shirley


Shirley 6 years ago

Your pictures are really good.


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK Author

Certainly was...took all day and I loved it. I also raised a little money for charity in the process. Thank you for joining me...


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John Holden 6 years ago

It's one of those walks home when you aren't bothered when or even if you get home.

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