30 December 2012

Boxing Day Walk

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The run up to Christmas has been busy, but now it’s all a bit quieter. We always like to have some good walks over Christmas and new year, this year mainly on the disused railways, which are cleaner than the paths across the fields. Christmas Day was so wet and dreary that it was too gloomy to take photos on the path from Leadgate to Stanley. Boxing Day was better and we had a nice walk near to Consett. Every so often there is something to remind us of the industrial heritage. When we got home, we were all nice and relaxed and Ossie was so tired that he fell asleep sitting up. Happy new year to all our blog friends. Sarah, Tony with Ed, Ossie, Rosie and Jasper
Thank you Sarah, the disused railway paths make ideal walking this weather especially when you have 16 paws  to exercise and wash the mud from. 
Does anyone know what the orange monster was used for? It looks looks like some sort of hopper.  

7 comments:

Ernest Elaine Tuck said...

Hi Sarah - we were on the line too Boxing Day, but did Lanchester to Langley Park bit. It was very muddy despite the hardcore laid down.

The hopper is part of our steel making heritage Lesley. There are various bits of the old steel works dotted about the area - I guess this one was used for pouring the molten steel.

EJ said...

looks lovely, where we walk is all former railway lines or coal mining sites, you can still see the odd sleeper in the paths

Ernest Elaine Tuck said...

LOL - I have been corrected by my knowledgable husband - it's a slag pot, slag is impurities from the molten steel which is poured off and then transported to a slag heap.

Sarah and Tony said...

Thanks, we've been puzzling for some time what this is for. we were out again today walking from Annfield Plain to Stanley, a good path, a bit icy and sippery in places, and quite few cyclists.

Lesley 2 said...

I wonder when it was last in use?

Sarah and Tony said...

The steel works closed in 1980, but I don't know if they were using the small local railways then, or if they had closed ealier. I can't imagine all that steel travelling along our local roads.

Stuart said...

Probably does in the form of new cars and busses.