Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Railway ramble Havercroft-Crofton part 2

This post follows on from yesterday's post about our railway ramble from Havercroft to Crofton, which is about 3km in length - quite enough for little legs!

Small walking up the slope.  The camera really makes that jacket look very purple!
Female speckled wood butterfly
Dog rose
Approaching a former railway intersection
Which way now?  Intersection of two former railway lines. Here, ours passed over the other, which was part of the Great Central Railway to Nostell Junction and the East Coast Mainline Doncaster-Leeds.
Tufted Vetch
Ox Eye Daisy and Red Clover
Wetland area seen from the railway embankment
Wild grasses. Small took this one
No idea what this plant is. Anyone?

Graffiti on old abutment

Another old abutment
All four of these old abutments were still in situ; perhaps an incline led down to connect with the ECML Doncaster-Leeds line?  If there was one, it's long gone.  There's just a VERY steep drop which obviously gets traversed from time to time, but certainly not by us.

I stopped taking photos at this point as we were nearly at the end of our walk, and plus housemate had just phoned me to see if I'd seen a horse, which I hadn't.  We'd heard one, but had assumed (incorrectly) that it had gone off another way.  Apparently one had ditched its rider and bolted off somewhere.

The path dips down onto a concrete road just past here, which goes right down into the woods, or left under the road bridge from where the railway continued to Hare Park bridge and on to Crofton Junction.

We crossed the concrete road and on up the slope, which brings you to the road.  A little hedged path takes you along the roadside to a little parking area where housemate was waiting for us.  This end of the walk is also on the Wakefield-Hemsworth bus route, and there's a bus stop just down the road - go left over the road bridge instead of right to the parking area.

There was certainly plenty of opportunity for educational discussion on this walk, from plant and butterfly species to the history of the railway and the mines the area once had.  We must tick off all the living things we saw in our "spotters" books.

Until next time. x

1 comment:

  1. The plant looks like White Campion just about to burst into flower


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