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

 

Walking the Road to Peace

Walking the Road to Peace

Many of us are now on our Roads of discovery as we walk our own Sacred paths in finding out just who we are…

Before we can get to our  New  Peaceful Beginnings  we are often taken through some rough terrain as we learn to navigate the roads that lead us to our final destination.

Today I just wish to share a little of that Peace, in the form of three walks I have done recently.. Two on Sunny days, and One today within the Mist and Fog.

So too in life we have our Sunny days,

Sun over the Nettles

Lime Leaves shining in the Sun

And life just flows along nicely

Autums Flow

The Flow of Life

 

Could that be a little Orb that is following me from the Sun?

Can you Spot it again??

 

 

 

Autumn Fruits Rose Hips

 

 

Life is full of colour, we just need to open our eyes to appreciate what surrounds us every day

 

 

Standing Tall

 

We may at times think we stand alone..

 

But when you look around you will see many more shedding their past and letting go..

 

Woods shedding Leaves

Releasing and Letting Go means we allow more room for those Golden Opportunities into our lives

Golden Fall

Bridges to Cross

 

We all have our Bridges to cross..

 

 

 

 

 

Foggy HazeAt other times we may seem as if we are traveling through a fog uncertain of what is ahead..

 

 

 

 

We need to keep moving forward and as we do, so too a little more of the road is revealed to us.  All we need is a little Self Reflection!

Reflecting and all becomes Clear

Don’t get caught in the Traps of Fear,

Webs we all Spin

We all have our Warts  We all have our Warts And can carry our loads

( can you see the face? )

Loads we carry

(And How about the Monkey?)

But we all of us Walk our Paths

Trail over the bridge

And ALL Pathways lead us Home!

All paths lead Home

  We really are on this Road Together..

Golden  Moments

 Enjoy your Golden Moments Each and Everyone of you..

Golden Moments

You are never Out there on a Limb ..

You are never out on a limb

Don’t forget your roots.. We are All of us Natures Children

Replenish, and Remember your Roots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are not alone.. Our strength comes in standing together

Fungi  The Trees Communication System

Rose Hips.. Natures own Vitamins  Vit C

Nature cures all ills, and brings us inner peace..   All we need is be Grounded as we learn ALL things are in Balance. 

Have a wonderful Week all of you.. I  hope you enjoyed my collection of photo’s and Keep Walking on your Path..

And Know the Sun is Always Shinning . Even over the Nettles Patch.

The Sun is always Shinning

Love And Blessings..

~Sue~

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