01-Oct-2011 -- For this visit, I just happened to be passing, honestly. It's amazing how many times you just seem to be in the area and it would be rude not to...
...it was in fact a recce visit for next Saturday, that's right I'll be back again, though this time with both my daughters and a first time confluence visitor.
It has been a while since I went to the old railway station and as we are having unseasonally warm weather here - it's the 1st of October and 85 degrees - I hoped that the signal box might have the windows open to maybe get a peek inside.
Park up opposite the station and wander onto the platform, photographing some more of the "old things" they have there and then a long distance shot of the box. It probably doesn't show on the screen, but there is a book propped on a reading stand, a tea-towel at the window. A pot and a frying pan hanging up and some kitchen roll strung on a wire in the window.
Having spent a very pleasant 15 minutes in the sunshine, I drove round and parked up for the confluence, where I noticed that a survey disc has been set into the ground. I averaged the position for 5-10 minutes, now all I need to do is to find where the government thinks that it is!
Wander on round to the field, all ploughed, surface finely broken up ready for planting. This time there is no need to walk in the tracks to avoid the green stuff growing there.
Apparently somewhere near here, down this track in fact there is a gravel pit with fishing. where you park you are in front of a set of gates to a sewage pumping station, surrounded by a five hoot high fence, not high enough apparently to deter the vandals who think that graffiti is fun.