It doesn't take long to get a child into a habit, be it a good one or a bad one! Small is no exception to that rule and he wanted to go for a walk after today's swimming. As we've already walked the Royston to Notton part of the Trans Pennine Trail two weeks running, Mummy thought she'd be clever and try somewhere different today. Mummy had forgotten the camera so no photos this time, sorry!
We were duly dropped off at our starting point, and got off to a good start heading along a footpath towards a remnant of the Barnsley Coal Railway. We'd gone maybe 400 yards, and reached the point where the footpath diverged onto the old railway, where we were met with a fence and a sign that informed us that part of the footpath was closed due to an unsafe footbridge.
We took the diversion, which basically led us across a field path that was ankle-deep in mud, but in due course we emerged onto the old railway track again and carried on our way. The path took us through some lovely woodland, and lots and lots of sticks which Small wanted to collect, until it came to a road crossing on the outskirts of Ryhill. The original train underpass had been filled in and the path diverged uphill onto the road.
Now the map indicated a walkway continuing about 100 yards further on, on the other side of the road from where we were, but we couldn't find the entrance to it for love nor money and ended up going the wrong way. Fortunately a quick phone call to Housemate who was waiting at the pre-arranged rendezvous sorted things out, and he drove back to get us.
I looked up the satellite/map image on Google Maps when we got home and it seems we missed the access point by about 20 yards and we should have turned right not left. Duh! Oh well, we know where to go to pick up kindling sticks and as the walk didn't work going in the direction we tried, we might tackle it from the opposite end next time and collect sticks when we know we haven't got so far to carry them.
Hoping your day has been more successful!
Until next time. x