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

 

Technical Issues~ A lesson in Patience

Dear Friends..

 

You may well wonder where I have gone to as I try to access your blog posts.. I seem to be experiencing  problems every time I click to view your posts from WP with my PC freezing refusing to load up your pages.. Getting stuck with  (read .s1.wp.com) showing as the culprit.

I can access other internet services with no problems.. Any ideas of how to solve this blip would be most welcome..

In the meant time I keep trying.. I have even tried accessing blogs direct from email alerts, and still it your pages will not load.. Sometimes It even takes ages for my own blog to load with the same message getting stuck..

So pleased bare with me.. ( Maybe the Universe is nudging me along to buy a new PC.. 🙂 ) as my old PC is slow any way.. but this is beyond frustrating..

In the mean time

Another  Photo for you ..

 

Doune Castle

Doune Castle Scotland you really have to look in the centre of the photo to find it 🙂  This was taken on our way to see Stirling Castle.

Hope to be back to viewing and commenting upon your posts as soon as this problems sorts itself.

Blessings Sue

 

 

A Note to my Friends

Hello my wonderful WordPress Family of friends..

I hope you are all having a wonderful Weekend.

I just wanted to let you know that over the next week all of my posts are  scheduled. While I taken some of my own advice and take a long overdue vacation. 

So I will not be moderating your comments until after the 4th May. During this time I have posted some more of the story from the Vision Quest. along with a post to celebrate May Day. Thank you for all of your love and support I will be catching you all up when I return.

In the mean time I will leave you with some of my favourite music.. And no prizes for guessing as to where we shall be going when you view the video..

Love and Blessings

 See You ALL Soon  🙂

Sue

 

Being thankful for the road you travel on.

Roads End.

Clouds at last lift from my sky

As the road is straighter I travel by

Home is still a little ways off

The journey of discovery is it ever enough?

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Do we stop to be grateful for the road we tread?

Have you ever questioned what lies ahead?

Do you now seek the key to your life?

Why is it some suffer and endure such strife?

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When did you say thank you for the road that you travelled

Unlocking the doors you become less ravelled

For one by one we see the lessons unfold

Bringing us strength, helping us be bold.

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So as you step upon your path today

Send out a thought of thanks to say

I’m grateful for this path that I am on

For many souls who would have loved to walk my path have now gone

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They’re already exploring beyond this veil

Leaving behind only a memory trail

And that my friends is all we will take

So enjoy your Life’s Path and the memories you create

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Let them be happy within your own heart

Cherish them close to take with you when you depart

Clear you mind of the bitter clouds

That inhibit your path as you struggle and frown

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Walk tall and smile if you can

And remember

We are all part of a huge Divine Plan.

© Sue Dreamwalker 2011-2014 All rights reserved.

Have a Blessed Weekend ALL.. 

~See you Soon~

Ocean Break..

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An Ocean Break was required by the sea.. It gave me space and set my mind free,

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I walked on the Sand and climbed up the cliffs, with wind in my hair the sea air uplifts..

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I wanted to fly like the bird on the wing, Instead I just watched as the men did their thing… 

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They flew over cliff soaring high like a gull. Excitement for all it sure wasn’t dull. 

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Seafaring rides with pirates and crew, People who rode were numbered a few.

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Higher up the coast was a wonderful sight. Where Seagulls did nest and were in constant flight.

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The Lighthouse stood guard  on the edge of the cliff, and warned the sailors not to go adrift.

The East Coast of England.

Bridlington, And Flamborough Head Lighthouse

Click the links to find out more..

 

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