Today, hubby and I decided to walk from the newly refurbished lock keepers cottage at Hollingwood - just over the border in Derbyshire. Dawn who had the gorgeous little cafe in Shireoakes called Nona's has moved here, so we thought we would pop in and see how things were going. Its much busier than her little kitchen cafe in Shireoakes, and it has lost a little of its atmosphere, but the cakes and coffee are still homemade and delicious, and she still gets the customers to help out. Hubby and I ended up washing the pots for her!!! Pop along if you are local and tell her I sent you. She is open Wednesday to Sunday - 9am to 4.30pm
We are aiming to walk the whole length of the Chesterfield Canal (not in one go!) and today our walk took us from Hollingwood to the start of the canal in the town of Chesterfield - about 3.5 miles each way. The walk along the canal is called the Cuckoo Way named after the little boats that used to work this canal.
Its a lovely little stretch with plenty of Anglers making full use of the waterway.
From Tapton Lock (near the Chesterfield end) you can catch a boat trip. You can also hire this boat for private charter.
I loved the flowers along the way.
These sweet peas were in the garden at Tapton Lock visitor centre. We picked up loads of leaflets for local walks here.
One of my favourite things along the way were the many families of ducklings, some teeny tiny,
others looking like gawky teenagers.
We could tell we were getting near the end as this is the 1st bridge on the canal.
And finally the crooked spire of the church in Chesterfield. I heard once that it will straighten back up when a virgin gets married in it!
It was a fab little walk. We started with coffee and cake at Nona's, stopped off for a swift half of lager at The Mill at Brimmington, and had an ice cream from the visitor centre at Tapton Lock!!!