Classic Canal Pubs #2: The Dragon At Willington

This one’s for the Southworths on their next trip to Blighty.  The transatlantic version of Ant and Dec spent last week visiting some classic pubs. Bridgnorth, Leek, Preston, Manchester and Huddersfield were on their hit list in cahoots with a legion of nefarious characters such as Martin, who covers it far better than I would, Quosh,… Continue reading Classic Canal Pubs #2: The Dragon At Willington

Classic Canal Pubs #1: The Swan At Fradley Junction

This proposed canal tour of the Midlands with Pete and Mudgie is gathering pace after comments on my last post. A fairly middle of the road canalside boozer in Branston sparked off the possibility and Stockport’s finest has virtually organised an itinerary of Stourbridge and Dudley canals with Pete as our less than sober helmsman.… Continue reading Classic Canal Pubs #1: The Swan At Fradley Junction

The Chimneys Are Smoking In Willington

South Derbyshire isn’t renowned for its views like its near neighbours in the Peak District.  The term earthy was invented for towns and suburbs such as Swadlincote and Woodville with Stapenhill and Burton unlikely to feature any time soon on the ‘most picturesque town in England’ list. One of the most ‘iconic’ views in the… Continue reading The Chimneys Are Smoking In Willington

Road To Nowhere: The Final Lap – Loafing In Burton

I have to say my enthusiasm for this bicycle ride to Alrewas from Willington was waning by the minute but I was prepared to give it one last go… Anyone just joining me will have missed the edge of seat excitement as a cycling trip on a towpath from Derbyshire to Staffordshire has gone very… Continue reading Road To Nowhere: The Final Lap – Loafing In Burton

Road To Nowhere: Part 2: The Wheels Come Off

You left me at my strategic vantage point of a beer canalside table supping a pint of GK IPA, whilst my fellow cyclist worked overtime to mend a brace of flat tyres. The Willington to Alrewas/Barton towpath route adjacent to the Trent & Mersey Canal looked infinitely more feasible after a ‘livener’ at the Mill… Continue reading Road To Nowhere: Part 2: The Wheels Come Off

Road To Nowhere: Part 1

Regular readers of the blog will know that whilst I once liked to kick a ball around I am strictly on a watching brief these days. Walking yes,  cricket occasionally, but that’s about my lot; however, when one of my pals, who cycles, suggested a ‘pub cycle’ along the Trent and Mersey Canal towpath then… Continue reading Road To Nowhere: Part 1