... 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, 24 January 2017

The Big Town Tour - first stop

As luck would have it, the first Big Town selected at random is within easy striking distance of Sheffield. I can get there in an hour and twenty minutes for £12.50 return - it'll probably be the cheapest trip of the tour. It has a unique and famous industrial history, and it's on a waterway - one I've not boated on and possibly never will.

 By amazing coincidence, I visited there last year - and for the explicit purpose of visiting too, not to do or buy anything, or to see anyone, but just to visit the place. It was well worth it too. I've checked, and I didn't blog about it at the time, so I could just cheat and post some of the photos from that visit (and I probably will, but honestly, because I have some nice ones, and it was sunny) but one thing I didn't see was the station. This one did fall victim to Beeching - but was resurrected nineteen years later. So next time I have a free weekend I'll go again. I wonder if these two things I didn't buy but wished I had will still be there.
 I thought £12 was a bit steep for an empty tin, but this seemed much better value. I was kicking myself even as I walked back to the coach for not grabbing it.
Of course you can guess where I'll be going... If not I'll post a really heavy clue tomorrow. The fates have been kind with their choice of first stop on my tour.


  1. I thought of Gainsborough first, but then remembered that you have been on the Trent so it can't be that. Then I thought of - ah, but I don't want to spoil it for others who might be guessing. So that you know that I've got it, Sarah, (I'm confident) the town's name is a portmanteau word joining the man to the river.

  2. I think you're right Halfie.