A part of my boyhood adventures, I could, and did, easily walk from my home in Chilwell to 'The Gravs' where swimming, birding and fishing were priority. A few memories flooded back.
What once were extensive gravel pits have been transformed for wildlife.
There is still some gravel extraction, but it is minimal and low key.
In the afternoon Andy and I wandered the banks of the Trent & Mersey Canal at Shardlow,
enjoying much of what remains of this incredible waterway system.
Brightly coloured Narrowboats and quaint looking pubs.
Some examples of these fine craft.