Belper - Winter 2014


My parents and I stayed with my brother’s family in Belper, Derbyshire for a few days after Christmas, which was nice. Partly because we got to see them, of course, but also because there was actually snow up there - a bit of a novelty for us southerners.

Around Belper

My brother took us on a short walk around Belper, before lunch at a café.

The mill-owner insisted that the railway company dig a cutting through town.
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Pretty Polly factory gate. Apparently they still actually make tights here.
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Gate, fence, shadows.
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The river and mills.
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When I saw the river, my first reaction wasn’t ‘nice day for a dip’. But my brother, who is a nutter, had brought the gear so that he could swim part of the route. Nobody else took up the opportunity! We agreed to meet up with him a little further on.

Private gate.
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Sun (1).
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My brother reaching the end of his swim.
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Sun (2).
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View over snowy fields.
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Builder’s yard and a snow arrow in the river.
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Nice footbridge by the sewage works.
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View through archway into local hospital.
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Traffic light and nice buildings.
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Patch of light on house.
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On the next day, my brother drove us to a walking trail which used to be part of the Cromford and High Peak Railway. We went for a short amble and Rose (his daughter) got to do a little sledging.

Bridge carrying the former railway.
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Rolls-Royce engine.
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Trees and snow on the hillside.
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Aeroplane vapour trail.
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Originally, wagons were pulled up steep inclines on the route by ropes, driven by stationary steam engines.

Winding gear under snow.
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View up the incline toward a tall bridge.
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The bridge.
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Trees growing from rocks.
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Heading back - a yellow warehouse (basketware importers) and a cemetery.
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