Nottinghamshire 2 - a lone miner on a bonc

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March 21st 2012
Published: March 21st 2012EDIT THIS ENTRY

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Mosaic in the village
Our plan for today was to spend time in the lovely town of Warwick visiting the castle and possibly Stratford on Avon. We tried to ring up earlier in the morning to book but got no answer. It would perhaps have made sense if they had put an answerphone message on but they hadn't. Our plans of course had to change rather quickly as we drove into the Caravan Club car park on the racecourse and found not a soul parked there. Apparently it would not be opening until next week. So instead we had to make a hasty change to our plans. We decided to to ring the company we bought the motorhome from to see if they had any spaces on their overnight parking spots. The plan now was to stay overnight and get them to have a look at our broken motorhome locker door the next morning. There were 5 other motorhomers there as well. The site was well organised with waste water disposal point, fresh water and electric hook up.

The next morning we laughed over breakfast as we saw two male ducks courting a female. They fought over her, feathers flying everywhere whilst she completely
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The miner looking for gas
ignored them and got on with her life. After breakfast we got the young lady from the repairs to come over and have a look at our broken locker and found yet another break in it. She didnt think that the manufacturers would replace it under guarentee as we had had work done to it . It looks as if we will have to discuss this further with the manufacturers so it's watch this space.

After coffee we headed north to Teversal and the caravan club site. What a welcome. They were very welcoming and showed us to our pitch. They explained how to link up to the electrics and where the shower block was. This was clean and tidy. Information was pinned up on the boards showing what the weather was going to be like for the next seven days. The information sheet was really brilliant with everything you needed to know about the area. We couldnt have asked for more.

Teversal was a mining village in Nottinghamshire which lies about 6 miles from the nearest big town Mansfield and three from the much smaller Sutton in Ashfield. . The area was formerly the home of the
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Caption on the sculpture
Caernarfon family famed for the excavation of Tutankhamun's tomb and also the fictional home of Lady Chatterley. It was also site of the Silverdale Colliery which now has been incorporated into the Teversal Trails and extensive area of walks based around the old coal tips. There is very little sign of colliery life apart from the Bonc . Bonc is the welsh word for a tip and I grew up with this word rather than coal tip. There is a ample free parking and the tracks follow the former colliery railway lines. Short and long walks catering for every need. The local nature reserve provides miles of walks some on the flat but others up a steeper gradient. We climbed to the highest point in Nottinghamshire which provided extensive views across to Hardwick Hall and to Bolsover with is castle perched on the hillside. In the other direction the old mining towns of Shirebrook and Cresswell could be picked out.

On top of the hill was a lonely statue of a coal miner with his lamp searching for gas. It was ironic to see the names of all the local collieries which have long since closed. It made me
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View to Hardwick Hall
realise just how important coal was to this area in the period between the late 19th century and the 1980's.

By the time we had got to the end of the week we had settled into life in a motorhome. You need to be organised and tidy and our lists of things we needed had grown. You imagine you have everything you need but realise that you have only just started.

Where to next ..................... a week or two at home and then hopefully Northumberland ...... Alnwick, Rothbury and Lindisfarne all calling. .


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