APRIL 2018 WALK EVERY DAY FOR A WEEK CHALLENGE – DAY 1
Luckily, it was a beautiful, sunny and warm day today. Finally some nice weather!
Along the way to Bolehill, we have seen at least three wishing trees in Padley Gorge.
We went through Padley Gorge until we reached sign going right to Bolehill. Then it is not signed at all and can be a little bit difficult to find your way. Luckily we had a map and also had to ask twice.
After the buzz of Padley Gorge, with its picnicking families and children playing in the stream, the peace and quiet of the woods were surreal.
It was just beautiful to roam between the birch trees in the sunshine.
The National Trust tend to leave dead trees standing. If the trees fall they are left on the ground. This way of managing woodland is really beneficial for conservation allowing the rotting wood to support all kinds of organisms such as these fungi.
It felt like a summer day but the leaves have yet to come out, so you can walk in the wood and feel the sun beating down. In summer all this would be under a canopy of leaves, and well shaded.
I wasn’t able to find much information about the quarry. Here are some excerpts from an article by Alan Jacques:
Bolehill Quarry lies at Upper Padley above Grindleford Station. Work here prompted mini-boom in the population, as a small temporary “shanty town” was built to house workers and their families. Some members of this community stayed on to live and work permanently in Grindleford. There are descendants from some families still in the village.
Bolehill must have been like an anthill of frenzied workers. In October 1905 some 439 men were employed there, operating two 12-ton cranes, nine 7-ton cranes, one 5-ton crane, three locomotives, the winding drum and almost 100 tipper wagons.
Two men were killed whilst working in the quarry; one fell from a bench of rock and died from a concussion, the other fatality occurred in an accident in cutting when three loaded trucks broke loose and ran into an area where around 20 men were working.
The quarry closed at the start of the first world war and in the decades that followed was swallowed by scrub. A couple of quarry-worker huts still stand near Padley chapel.
Beautiful unsold grindstones peacefully lying there near to the path. I like how they are covered in moss.
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The owner of the ice-cream van next to Padley Gorge had to have brilliant takings today. He told us that he has been so busy today that his brain stopped working…
To sum it up, it was an excellent, sunny 4.4 miles ( 7km) walk. I will be definitely coming back to Bolehill!