Sunday 18 November 2018

Close Down

... as you've probably gathered, time and effort have finally caught up with me ... the photos continue though on so ...that's all folks ...

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Wetton Walk - 6th June

Approaching Grindon - and lunch break !

Out with  U3A - another good day for walking ... pics at 

Wetton Walk 6Jun18

Caravan ...

 Nine Stone Close stone circle ...

When the rain came to Brecon - we buggered off to our caravan for a couple of days - just a tiny few pictures here

Weekend Walks - 26/27May18

Wednesday 30 May 2018

Brecon ...

 Looking across at Corn Du and Pen-y-Fan from the top of Cribyn ...

A week away - and the weather was glorious - managed several walks both high and low, steep and level ... until the rains came (fortunately on the Friday).  Some pictures at:

Brecon - May18

Thursday 17 May 2018

Tuesday 8 May 2018

Belper Town Legends - 6th May

A true "Belper Legend" (Jon Froggatt - not Ken !!)
A bit of a do down at Christ Church Meadow on a lovely Sunday afternoon ... score not important !

Belper Legends 06May18

Leigh Tithe Barn Walk - 4th May

 Nice lump of wood ...

Day Two - a wander around an enormous tithe barn - and a bit of a walk ...

Tithe Barn Walk 04May18

Hampton Court Castle - 3rd May

 We escaped through a secret tunnel - honest !

A couple of days down in Herefordshire - Day One saw a wander around the gardens, the house and the river of Hampton Court Castle ...

Hampton Court Castle 03May18

Winster Walk - 2nd May

 Derbyshire's answer to Hobbiton ...

Wednesday Walking Group day out ...

Winster Walk 02May18

Luddenden Walk - 29th April

 Through the "Hole in the Stone" ...

A trip "oop north" to daughter and son-in-laws ... Saturday night nosh-up followed by a Sunday walk ...

Luddenden Walk 29Apr18

Wednesday 2 May 2018

Matlock Town v Ashton United - 24th April

 Jack Dyche strikes for the winning goal ...

Ashton's fight to claim a play-off place continued - and three more vital points were gained this night !!

Matlock Town 1 Ashton United 2

Sunday Stroll - 22nd April

 Plant that seem to have many different names ...

A wander around the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border ..

Sunday Stroll 22Apr18

Belper Town v Kidsgrove Athletic - 21st April

 Some party tricks from Dylan Garnett ...

Last home game of the season - and like a certain other club I follow, the season's end cannot come quick enough ...

Belper Town 1 Kidsgrove Athletic 3

Friday 20 April 2018

Matlock Town v Stalybridge Celtic - 19th April

 Goalkeeper Aidan Winterbottom enters the fray - to play on the left wing !

Fresh from playing on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday ... Celtic came down to Derbyshire with 12 players - including 2 goalkeepers (4 players stranded in a broken down car).  An heroic performance, but to be honest, they must have been running on empty ...

Matlock Town 2 Stalybridge Celtic 0

Cromford Walk - 18th April

 Looking across at Gulliver's Kingdom in Matlock Bath ...

Lovely day for it ...

Cromford Walk 18Apr18

Belper Town v Cleethorpes Town - 17th April

 What a night to make your debut - Jorge Knowles ...

The less said about this, the better - total shambles ...

Belper Town 0 Cleethorpes Town 7 (seven)

Had a half-hour sulk in Arkwright's Bar in Belper after this fiasco - they have "Inclusive Acoustic" on Tuesday nights - so dragged out (still warm) camera for a few shots ...

Arkwright's Inclusive Acoustic 17Apr18

Belper Town v Sheffield FC - 12th April

 1-2-3 ... Kieran Harrison

Dash back from Bournville ... to this ...

Belper Town 1 Sheffield FC 2

Cadbury World - 12th April

A day out - including chocolate ...

Cadbury World 12Apr18

Tuesday 10 April 2018

Mossley v Ossett Town - 7th April

More to come ..

Mossley 3 Ossett Town 2

Breadsall Walk - 4th April

 Makes a change from blaming the cyclists !!!

 ... and the mud continues ...

Breadsall Walk - 4th April


Romulus v Belper Town - 31st March

 Belper fans made up the majority of the 103 attendance ...

Was hoping to see some old mates from Stalybridge - who were due to play Matlock Town today.  However the weather put paid to that, so checked out the National Rail planner and found an awayday to Sutton Coldfield was feasible.  Tweeted Romulus to check if game was still on and got the reply "Definitely - we've got a 3G pitch" ... well I didn't know (much still to learn about Evo-Stik Division 1 South !!).  A jolly day out and revenge for the 2-2 home draw a couple of weeks earlier.

Romulus 1 Belper Town 2

Thursday 29 March 2018

Chatsworth Walk - 27th March

 Mandarin Duck on the Derwent ...

Quick wander around the Park - bet the house was a "touch busy" !

Pics at

Chatsworth Walk - 27th March

Monday 26 March 2018

Belper v Stamford - 24th March

 Kieran Harrison clears ...

Dug deep after going down to 10 men against a top 5 team ...

Belper Town 0 Stamford 0

Belper Town v Romulus - 20th March

 Lee Williamson puts Belper 1-0 up from the spot ...

Not much football ... plenty of fireworks ...

Belper Town 2 Romulus 2

Sunday 18 March 2018

Matlock Town v Farsley Celtic - Football - but Only Just !!!

Springtime in Matlock ...

Unable to travel to Spalding on Saturday to see Belper Town, so headed up the A6 (OK using the train !) to see Matlock Town play Farsley Celtic.  Several blizzards and one stoppage (line clearing) later, it was nice to get into a nice warm clubhouse !  Matlock took an early lead and had several chances to improve in the first half ... but it all went wrong after the break, and the unscheduled stoppage part way through the second half seemed to be the key - Farsley scoring twice to go back to Leeds with all three points.  Pics from the game at

Matlock Town 1 Farsley Celtic 2

Friday 9 March 2018

Friday 2 March 2018

Berwick Rangers v Montrose - 24th February

 Goalscorer Paul Willis on the ball for Berwick ...

A weekend away with friends up in Northumberland - and a first time trip into the Scottish League !!

Berwick Rangers 2 Montrose 2

Wednesday Walk - 21st February

View from the tractor tyre ...

A rather muddy wander around Holloway ...

Wednesday Walk

Belper Town v Bedworth United - 17th February

 Jack Hallahan ...

A good draw against of of the top 3 teams ..

 Belper Town 1 Bedworth United 1

Thursday 8 February 2018

Shining Cliff - 7th February

Best foot forward ...

Another Wednesday wander with the U3A, ably led by Bruce !  Just up the road as well - glorious sunshine - but still hovering around the zero mark ! Pics at

Shining Cliff Walk

Wednesday 31 January 2018

Hardwick Hall - 31st January

 The place itself - ES = Elizabeth Shrewsbury ...

Wednesday walk time again - a wander around the grounds of Hardwick Hall and a bit further out as well - stayed dry, but the wind was biting !!  Pics at:

Hardwick Hall Walk

Matlock Town v Hednesford Town - 30th January

 Harry Limb on the chase for Matlock ...

... in the Integro Cup - after weathering the early storm, Matlock took the lead ... then it all went downhill from there ...

Matlock 1 Hednesford Town 3

Rumours going round Derbyshire that my "move" into the area has brought bad luck to all teams I've watched (Belper Town, Matlock Town and Holbrook Sports so far ...) .... I point the finger at Mossley - who ain't doing so good since I left ... such is the beautiful game !

Peterborough Sports v Belper Town - 27th January

 Haydn Goddard clears ...

Another "bugger" involving bad start, red card and ... you can guess the rest ...

Peterborough Sports 4 Belper Town 0

Friday 26 January 2018

Shipley Park Walk - 24th January

 Spring is on the way ...

Out for a walk on Wednesday with the Belper U3A walking group round Shipley Park - once an area of coal mines, quarries and old railways - now a large country park. A touch moist to begin with (!) but weather did improve.  A few (dry) pics at

Shipley Park Walk

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Belper Town v Corby - 20th January

 Lee Williamson strikes for the only goal of the game ...

A hard-earned three points - but well deserved after a much improved second half performance - the unbeaten run stretches - pics at

Belper Town 1 Corby Town 0

Monday 15 January 2018

Four Walks in One - 14th January

Looking down on Matlock Town Football Club ...

Why do one walk when you can do four ??  Four shortish walks around Cromford, Matlock Bath and Matlock combined into a 10 mile day out ... pics at


Alvechurch v Belper Town - 13th January

 Leandro Browne sets the ball rolling - 1-0 to Belper ...

A win !!!  Didn't make the midweek game at Chesterfield (Derbyshire Senior Cup - 0-0 lost on pens), but the word was "much improved" - and it showed on Saturday.  Belper rode their luck a bit at the start - but a penalty save and a disallowed Alvechurch goal was the catalyst for an excellent performance. Pics at

Alvechurch 2 Belper Town 4

Stanton Moor - 12th January

 Nine Ladies Prehistoric Stone Circle ...

Nipped up to the caravan on Friday to "check it out"/change the anti-wet salts etc ... sneaked in a smallish walk on way home ...

Stanton Moor Wander 12Jan18

Belper Town v Market Drayton Town - 6th January

 Sam Birks ...

The struggle continues ....certainly a baptism of fire for the new Management team ...

Belper Town 1 Market Drayton Town 2