... feminist, atheist, autistic academic and historic narrowboater ...
Likes snooker, beer, tea, rivets and solitude, and is strangely fascinated by the cinema organ.
And there might be something about railways.

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Reaching a milepost

This particularly nice milepost, in fact, on the Langsett/Middlewood/Wadsley Road through Hillsborough.
When I go for a run (which admittedly hasn't happened for a while), this is exactly one and a half miles from my starting point, so there and back is a nice round three miles.
I did actually once run the whole three miles. I was amazed. The advantage of running along this road is that it's relatively (and in Sheffield it's all relative) flat.

That's 23 1/2 miles to Huddersfield, by the way; 18 to Holmfirth. Because of course those are the two places you most want to know the distance to. We passed through both of them on the way to Hebden Bridge last weekend. On the other side it says three miles to Sheffield.

I wasn't running today, but I took a stroll into Hillsborough where there is a plenitude of charity shops, and went that little bit further in order to photograph the milepost. I hope you agree it was worth it.

1 comment:

  1. The Wadsley, Langsett and Sheffield road was a turnpike, newly constructed in the early 19th century. At Langsett it would have connected to other toll roads on to Holmfirth etc. One purpose of the milestones was to allow travellers to calculate the likely cost of the journey and to check they were being charged correctly. I must have passed this milestone many times going to visit my Gran and Grandad in Grenoside. There used to be a pub called "The Gate" and as a child I was fascinated by the pub sign which read "This gate hangs well and hinders none. Refresh and pay and travel on." Presumably a reference to a nearby toll gate.