Light at the End of Every Tunnel

View of the Dales from the trail

Last weekend we went walking among our favourite hills in the Derbyshire Peak District.  And walked the old railway track that has now been turned into a cycle path since many of the country’s railway tracks were sadly ripped up when Dr Beeching Axed many lines across the country in the 60’s. ( I am hoping when you click these photo’s they will enlarge this time for a better view  as it didn’t work previously)

You can see why I love the Peak District with its hills and valleys. A Little like life nothing is ever smooth for we all of us at times have obstacles to climb and overcome.

And like any road map, we are free to choose which road to travel. We can often get side tracked and detour for a time as we come off the beaten track. Some may well get lost for a time too.. But the road is always there just waiting for us to follow the correct signs to lead us to our intended destinations..

Monsal Dale Map

We set off and parked our car at Hassop. This used to be a Train Station. Now it is a bike hire place for the trail along with it being a book store and Café. 

Setting off on foot  (I do not ride a bike), we made our way to the first Tunnel..

 

The Derbyshire Dales are made up of lots of Rocky Hills

When you think that when the railways were built, these tunnels and tracks were hacked out by hand,  unlike todays tunnels which are calved out with giant machinery.

Victorian Engineering of Monsal Trail 1860

When I was a child we would walk among the limestone outcrops of rock along a Dale near my home called Coombes Dale..  And for those wishing to see more about the walk I would often do as a child, there is a wonderful 10 minute video on this Link you may like which also includes some local history We would be fascinated to see fossils of fish within the rocks..

As I walked the Monsal Trail I found a plaque  confirming that at one time the Dales had been at the bottom of the ocean.

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Like us the Earth is evolving. We Humans think we know so much and yet we know so very little about our Blue Dot that is suspended in Space..  All of us are constantly changing..  As we grow we seldom see those changes ourselves.. It isn’t until we look back we see how far we have travelled and come along our own individual pathways in life that we see Change is constant.

Today we talk constantly about Climate change.. And yes we are contributing to those changes with our Carbon footprints.. But our climate is always changing and was changing well before we had cars and aeroplanes..  Sometimes we are just too close to notice that we are now in the midst of yet another large change. Leading to Mass Migrations and Political upheavals.  Yet this too is opening our heart centres and more of us are growing in awareness through compassion and empathy. And are choosing too alternative lifestyles as those that are waking up seek to slow down and get off the tread-mill of life.

Sometimes we have to go through our Dark Tunnels before we emerge back into the Light.

Headstone TunnelHeadstone Tunnel looking back

Speaking of Mills if you look at the Map you will see many on the trail. The Mills below are  Here is a view of Cressbrook Mills which have been now made into flats.

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But I am getting ahead of myself on the trail. Because as you come out of the Headstock Tunnel which is 490 Metres Long. The View is stunning. You are stood upon a wonderfully built viaduct that bridges the valley below.. I didn’t take this picture this walk but have included one of the Viaduct from another source from

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsal_Trail The photo below.

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The Above View is as you emerge from Headstock Tunnel from the viaduct. The River Wye is below.. When I was at school our houses were all named after local Rivers and Dales  .. I was in the house of Monsal, the others were Derwent, Wye and  Lathkill. All wonderful places to visit.

Hassop Bike Trail Nr Bakewell to Monsal Dale.This above photo is also an older one I took some years ago of the trail showing how popular the trail is with bikers.

Continuing along the walk you are flanked either side with wonderful views

Cottages nestled in the valley

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You then approach the second tunnel which is called Cressbrook Tunnel

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This tunnel is shorter than the first one, And I took this as we neared the opening at the other end.  No matter how dark the tunnel may get in life .We are never alone.. As these Orbs testify.. Can you see them in the above photo?

Life can be a series of Light and Dark paths, learning to find our balance as we ride through life and keeping to the paths which lead us into greener pastures can sometimes be tricky.. But it is all about finding our balance.. And learning to go with the flow..

Know there is always Light at the end of every tunnel..

And no tunnel is without an end if we keep moving in unity towards the light..  

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I hope you enjoyed the Monsal Trail and for those interested in seeing how these Tunnels were reopened after being closed for such a long time the link below shows detail pictures how the tunnels were made safe and made into a cycle path..

Have a Wonderful week.. I have another busy week planned with my Granddaughter and a date with the Allotments..  For those wanting to keep up with my Gardening exploits you can visit my Gardening Blog HERE.

http://www.forgottenrelics.co.uk/tunnels/monsal.html

 

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  1. wolfgangpowerpoint.wordpress.com/
    Aug 14, 2016 @ 16:10:32

    Das ist sehr gut geschrieben von dir. Freundliche Grüße. Wolfgang

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  2. MrsCraft
    Aug 14, 2016 @ 16:57:19

    We’ve had some lovely times in the Peak District, it’s the perfect distance from here for a weekend. We went down Lathkill Dale with a pushchair and regretted it!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Aug 15, 2016 @ 08:44:34

      Oh my yes I have walked Lathkill Dale myself several times.. I had all on getting myself back up that Hill never mind with push chair.. Its a very steep gradiant .. So well done .. I know I have seen people walking with pushchairs down before.. I often thought ‘you will regret that, walking back’ Lol.. So well done🙂 xxx And thank you so much for your lovely comment🙂 xx

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  3. Richard Ankers
    Aug 14, 2016 @ 17:21:34

    I did enjoy it and I’m glad you did too.🙂

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  4. smilecalm
    Aug 14, 2016 @ 18:07:12

    sweet train of thought
    balanced between
    what was, will be
    and infinite possibilities
    available right now🙂

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  5. Wendy Gillissen
    Aug 14, 2016 @ 18:48:32

    What a lovely journey you had, how wonderful to live near such gorgeous natural scenery! I love the way you translate the characteristics of the landscape and its transformation process to the human transformation process, that of the Earth, indeed everything… change is the only constant ♥ Yes there is always a light at the end of the tunnel! This post was particularly apt for me today – synchronicity! hugs Wendy ♥

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  6. Val Boyko
    Aug 14, 2016 @ 19:07:06

    Lovely trails, winding ways and memories Sue…. entwined with your wise words Sue. Thank you for a great post that brought me right where you were!
    … the click on photo to enlarge works! 😊

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  7. Writing to Freedom
    Aug 14, 2016 @ 20:03:28

    Like Val, I appreciate your personal view of where you live (and walk) along with the wisdom to keep moving toward the light. 🙂 Thanks for the walk Sue!

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  8. Hariod Brawn
    Aug 14, 2016 @ 20:13:52

    Wonderful, Sue! And coincidentally, my very best friend just sent me images of herself cycling on The Monsal Trail last week. I must go there, as it does indeed look so wonderful. H❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Aug 15, 2016 @ 09:17:13

      🙂 It is a wonderful trail, we only walked for part of the way, you can now get all the way up to Buxton now the Cressbrook tunnel had been opened.. There was a great programe with Brian Blessed on BBC a while back who made the whole walk and filmed it.. Let me know if ever you are up here Hariod 🙂 xxx❤ Hugs❤

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  9. Heartafire
    Aug 14, 2016 @ 20:50:08

    A perfect way to spend the day Sue! Such a beautiful countryside, the homes in the valley and hills, the lush greenery…paradise! Lovely photographs, thank you for sharing this!❤

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  10. Erika Kind
    Aug 14, 2016 @ 21:46:10

    Such beautiful pictures and what a wonderful experience it must have been. I like how you incorporated the analogy with the tunnels. The photos a of them are supporting your words so well!

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  11. JoAnn Chateau
    Aug 14, 2016 @ 22:21:29

    Would love to be there — a beautiful, metaphorical, and inspirational bike trail.

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  12. suzicate
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 00:36:57

    The view is stunning. I love walking hills and valleys. Tunnels, not so much. While I find them amazing, they also spook me a bit. I prefer walking trails though we do ride our bikes sometimes. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos. They remind me much of the area where I grew up. Wishing you a blessed week!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Aug 15, 2016 @ 09:23:40

      Thank you Suzi.. Yes the tunnels are ice cold and not everyone’s favourite walking place.. The longest tunnel took us around 15 minutes to walk through, the smaller tunnel around 10 mins.. But if you are a Biker it would take no time at all..🙂 Glad it brought fond memories too xxx❤ Hugs

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  13. Enigma
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 03:24:43

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  14. aussieian2011
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 05:54:26

    Absolutely gorgeous scenery Sue, I can see why you enjoy visiting that area so much, and the history back in its Train era would be great, I always enjoy old pre war British movies that show the old Trains and tunnels meandering through the hillsides.
    Beautiful post Sue

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  15. inavukic
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 07:50:46

    Well I enjoyed this write up Sue – amazing feats occurred in history, with much less tools and technology than today – I got missing the BBC series Jericho -building of Ribblehead Viaduct – I must revisit it again❤ Hugs❤

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  16. New Bloggy Cat
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 11:11:21

    Thanks for sharing about the Monsal Trail, Sue. We’re going through some really tough times here and the dark tunnel seems to be never ending. But we’ll keep moving forward. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a great week, Sue! Love & blessings, Pat ໒( ♥ ◡ ♥ )७

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  17. writersdream9
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 11:13:16

    Places of peace!❤

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  18. Hugh's Views and News
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 11:20:06

    We have very similar walks (on disused railway tracks) here in South East Wales, Sue. 100 years ago life was very different and busy and bustling here, but it’s so much quieter now since the railways were closed. Loved the walk and the photography and, yes, I spotted those orbs.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Aug 17, 2016 @ 13:04:21

      Thanks Hugh.. Yes there are some wonderful places in Wales.. and have so enjoyed my visits there over the years.. Very similar countryside to the Dales of Derbyshire in places too🙂 .. And so pleased you could see the orbs.. they were not as clear as I could see them on my PC. but I was delighted they were around🙂 Thanks Hugh for your lovely visit.

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  19. Tom Merriman
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 11:22:58

    I enjoyed the walk, thanks, Sue – and the views were stunning! I liked your orbs photo.

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  20. peggyjoan42
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 12:01:50

    I can see you put a lot of work into this post. Such a beautiful area to explore. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. vanbytheriver
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 12:48:02

    A beautiful walk, and a post with an important message. We have a lot of tunnels in PA, through mountains. Always appreciate the light, aim for it. ☺

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  22. David
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 13:41:22

    Such wonders you show us and explain in gentle words of wisdom Sue … this is why we came back to Blighty, this green and pleasant land, which will I am convinced become a beacon for others to follow to the light. Love, David

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  23. derrickjknight
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 15:01:10

    A lovely record with a sound metaphorical message. Mind you, that axe was so destructive

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Aug 17, 2016 @ 13:23:31

      Yes it was a destructive Axe you are right Derrick.. And in some parts of the country its taken Millions of Pounds to lay new tracks to open up parts which would have already been there but for Beeching.. We are too quick to axe many things here!..🙂 Hope you have had a good week Derrick…

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  24. AmyRose🌹
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 20:07:19

    There truly is no place like a forest, is there, Sue? Those tunnels are awesome and I thank you personally for the history lesson and the reminder that earth has been evolving a long time before we were around. Glorious scenes and wonderful energy as well. I like the dirt paths that take me directly into the forest away from people, noise and whatnot. It fulfills the wild in me.🙂 Beautiful post, dear friend. I’m glad to see you are spending time embracing green and warmth. I do that as often as I can!!!❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Aug 17, 2016 @ 13:30:12

      Yes I think Amy the woods I am also at home in.. but I do love these green valleys and the limestone outcrops that so many come too from miles around to climb..🙂
      I am just popping in to moderate comments and perhaps leave a small post as I am relaxing this week.. Had more Acupuncture this week and need to gather my energies in the Sun this week..
      Sending Huge amounts of Love your way dear Amy.. and keep on striding across that bridge my friend xx

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  25. AmyRose🌹
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 20:08:04

    PS Bless you for the reminder of the light at the end of the tunnel. I am getting to that light and it feels wonderful!!!🙂

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  26. sara
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 21:13:52

    Beautiful countryside Sue! I don’t think closing down the railways and putting trucks on the road was smart policy (they did that here too) but I do love how they have converted them into bike paths.

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  27. dgkaye
    Aug 16, 2016 @ 02:15:30

    Thank you for taking us with you on this beautiful tour through trails and tunnels. So true we choose the paths we take, and sometimes a detour may lead us to an interesting journey. Whichever path we choose, it’s comforting to know there’s light at the end of the tunnel.🙂❤

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  28. voulaah
    Aug 16, 2016 @ 07:02:04

    Absolutely beautiful the countryside Sue
    thank you for sharing
    Have a nice tuesday
    Kisses

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  29. Visionkeeper
    Aug 16, 2016 @ 20:49:30

    Looks like a magical place…Such beauty! To be honest I can’t read all of the post just now, my brain is in one of its stages where it just can’t take in anymore info….It has nothing to do with what you have written at all ! My mind is just fried by life right now. I hope you guys had a wonderful time on that journey with Gaia…Be well friend and hugs to you….. VK❤

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  30. Somali K Chakrabarti
    Aug 17, 2016 @ 13:42:55

    The greenery and the lessons of life that you’ve derived from the trail sooth the senses Sue. I can see how much you would have enjoyed the trail. Enjoy the week. Love. 🙂 Somali

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  31. Maria Wind Talker
    Aug 18, 2016 @ 07:30:41

    Thank you for taking us on your journey. As you know I love Derbyshire. I was there for the last full moon, started to write about it but not got round to finishing yet lol We will have to meet up next time, would love to take this route with you🙂 xx

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  32. lorriebowden
    Aug 18, 2016 @ 14:00:39

    This walk was just what I needed this morning, Sue🙂 As I am getting ready for my own walk along the shore on the boardwalk, I am reminded of how many different beautiful Vistas we have from which to choose. I never feel more love and full of peace than when I am outside in nature…communing with all of life!! Much love to you my beautiful friend. I hope that you always see the light ♡♡

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  33. Christy Birmingham
    Aug 18, 2016 @ 18:10:19

    The Monsal Trail would be wonderful to walk or bike! I love the sights you pointed out and the tunnels! Enjoy your time in nature, sweetheart❤ Take us along soon to another of your favorite places, please!

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  34. Lynz Real Cooking
    Aug 18, 2016 @ 18:50:17

    Such a special area to show us! I love the history and the pictures! Very inspirational Sue! Thanks, yes never alone xxxxxx

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  35. Dalo 2013
    Aug 19, 2016 @ 02:59:16

    Beautiful views ~ wonderful photography. There is something about finding a place nearby where one lives to get out and explore (as if it is new every time), and you’ve made the Derbyshire Peak District one of those places. There is nothing quite like taking time out during a day/week/month to get out and truly enjoy the world that is there for you to enjoy. Wishing you a continued glorious summer!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Aug 19, 2016 @ 12:21:20

      Thank you Randall..
      Yes these walks are places I have hiked many times.. Yet each time there is always something new to catch your eye.. And I never tire of it like you say. We get out as often as we can, and now we are on top of the allotment we can relax and enjoy some trips out to our favourite places and explore some new ones..🙂 Have a lovely Friday and enjoy your weekend my friend🙂

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  36. IreneDesign2011
    Aug 19, 2016 @ 16:14:11

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful trail Sue and your photos works great🙂

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  37. Sam Red
    Aug 19, 2016 @ 20:11:06

    Lovely to follow your trip in this way, Sue. I enjoyed the photos and of course your spiritual wisdom. I totally resonate with your line: “choosing alternative lifestyles, as those that are waking up seek to slow down and get off the tread-mill of life.” Living life in the manner mainstream society tells us we should live it makes little sense to me, although on occasion I have to toe the line. Love & blessings, Sam🙂

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  38. insearchofitall
    Aug 20, 2016 @ 12:51:38

    Thanks for taking me along vicariously. Hiking isn’t something I can do, nor ride a bicycle anymore. I do love to see the photos of those that can.

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    Aug 20, 2016 @ 13:39:19

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  40. Maria F.
    Aug 24, 2016 @ 02:21:17

    Very interesting imagery here, Sue

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  41. Barbara Franken
    Aug 27, 2016 @ 07:54:09

    Beautiful journey countryside of my birth home… showing us all the light. Thanks for sharing this sue x barbara

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  42. natswans
    Aug 28, 2016 @ 12:41:22

    Oh what a beautiful journey , I love the country side and no other place I’d rather be. It was as though I was with you all the Sue.
    Beautiful post
    have a very enjoyable week with your Granddaughter.
    Sheila Hugs xx

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  43. Mira Prabhu
    Sep 01, 2016 @ 16:35:21

    Voyaging into the light….love in particular that image of the tunnel and the luminosity right ahead of the darkness…thanks, Sue Dreamwalker!

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