The Cloud Trail


This afternoon we walked part of the Cloud Trail, accessing it near the small village of Wilson, between Melbourne and Breedon on the Hill. The Cloud Trail is a 13 mile path from Derby to Worthington where nearby is the Cloud Quarry, hence the name of the trail. It follows the old Derby to Ashby railway line which served the area for over 100 years, mainly carrying limestone and coal. It is a level tarmac path which makes for easy walking and is also part of the National Cycle Network.





Mention Derbyshire and most people would initially think of the Peak District, the Dales, Chatsworth House or at its northern edge, Glossop and Edale, the start of the Pennine Way. South Derbyshire has a much softer landscape with a charm of its own.

The Cloud Trail was very quiet this afternoon, apart from the occasional planes taking off or landing at the nearby East Midlands Airport. I wonder if the plane in the photo below is full of holiday makers heading for blue skies!

Collecting conkers – one of life’s simple pleasures


It’s that time of the year when our grandchildren love to spend time in the park or countryside to collect conkers. A walk to our local park usually means going to the far corner, or ‘the den’ and yesterday was no exception. It’s an area under a few trees where the football pitch/cricket field and well cut grass ends, and nature returns. A couple of windy days had resulted in a good supply of conkers – there for the picking. Its almost impossible to leave them on the ground and collecting them can be quite compulsive (even to a 70+ year old!)

Collecting conkers certainly falls within this definition of life’s simple pleasures. “Simple pleasures are experiences that are positive, brief, and usually emerge in everyday settings. Furthermore, they are usually accessible to people at little to no cost”.

Golden Fruit, Equine Engineering and a Fifties Flyer

Three more runners and riders in the carousel horse trail.

Heather Horsley’s Golden Fruit is enhanced and almost seems to be ripened by the evening sun outside Burton Town Hall. Heather gives no clues as to the inspiration behind the use of fruit but it is very much in the style she uses in much of her published work and greetings cards.

Not too far away from the town hall is Equine Engineering by Anna Roebuck, and very appropriately outside the Roebuck pub. I wonder if Anna got a free pint for all the hard work and detail put into this creation.

In her own words… ‘Equine Engineering’ draws inspiration from the often uncelebrated industries that grew up alongside brewing. It explores the innerworkings of a mechanical horse via the history of Orton and Spooners fairground constructions, historic metal working firms that created the iconic Ferry and Andresey bridges, as well as equipment to the brewing trade and then on to the present industry and robotics’

A final one to bring this mini series to a close is The Fifties Flyer by David Tunks. David certainly picks up on the Orton and Spooner style and connection with his fairground inspired design. Another horse with the brewing hops and barley symbols. I just find it a little bizarre that one is located at the main gate to the cemetery.

A shire and a secluded waterfall

These horses look very much at home in their allocated settings. Firstly, Shire Horse at the National Brewery Centre. Shire horses were traditionally used to pull brewers drays for the delivery of beer back in the days of wooden barrels. This one, designed by Joanna Dawidowska includes a reference to two key ingredients in beer, hops and barley.

The second one, Secluded Waterfall by Richard Rudge, appears to be enjoying the setting sun and shaded location close to the river in Stapenhill Woodlands.