Yesterday felt like a good day to go out for a trip somewhere. In this case I asked J to find some idea while I popped up to Feisty Daughter’s. I cam back to some excellent ideas though several of them on closer examination turned out to be non-starters. £10 unlimited travel on Great Central Railway (Nottingham), only on Sunday. Timed tickets for a National Trust property (prebook). We decided on a visit to the Crich Tramway Village in Derbyshire in the end, J has been suggesting this for years now and as I have never been it was agreed. We arrived a little after 2pm with the site closing at 5.30pm.
After paying our admission we were given a map/guide and two penny coins of the pre-decimal variety to pay for our tram tickets which would give us unlimited rides.
Our first sight as we walked down the slope was this wonderfully ornate bridge which like everything else in this former quarry was transported from it’s original site.
Walking under the bridge through the left hand arch we passed the tram shed on the way into the village proper. Here we went into Rita’s Tea Rooms for our lunch. We were delighted to find they were still serving hot food and after a perusal of the blackboard J settled on Faggots with Thick chips, mushy peas and gravy and I went with Cheese and Onion pie with chips, beans and cheese sauce. We were amazed when our plates arrived, J’s faggots were the biggest we had ever seen being almost the size of tennis balls and my pie portion was huge. For those of you reading this and looking confused the faggot is an old fashioned dish made from Pig offal and meat formed into a ball (see here). Think the next visit we need to ask for one meal and a spare plate!
After lunch (which turned our meal later from chinese to a bit of cheese on toast) we popped into the traditional sweet shop (just for a look around you understand).
At the end of the street is a sort of town square with the facade of the old Derby Assembly Rooms which is the entrance to one of the museums and also had one or two other things dotted around including this
I waited for ages but the Doctor refused to whisk me away on adventures and I’m still sulking about it. Instead I had to make do with the other interesting things including the Beargatti collecting for charity.
Then came the time to spend our pennies…no, not on that, on this
This is No.7 a lovely piece of engineering which was rescued from a site in Two Dales where it had been split into two pieces and was being used as a holiday home! We paid our coins and received our punched tickets and away we went through the village and up the hill. The tramway has three stops and some beautiful views. I didn’t take too many pictures on the ride unfortunately as I was too busy enjoying selfishly. But here is a picture of a bit of equipment from the old Glory Mine.
After returning to the village from this run we popped into the obligatory gift shop and then across the road to the Red Lion pub for refreshment before taking a second ride on No.7 to the entrance and back to our car.
If you haven’t been to Crich then it is well worth a visit to look at the things above and also all of the history in the museum and exhibitions. If you have been then you will already know it is worth going again as we shall be doing.