I’ve just been looking over our photos from the summer holidays and realised I’ve barely shared any details about our adventures at all. We had lots of trips out and about and a couple of staycations here in the UK with friends. It was a different summer for us, but we still made lots of memories. My best friend lives in Derbyshire and we often pop up to stay with her for a few days. She and I are both keen walkers so I always leave her with the challenge of finding somewhere interesting to walk on our next visit. Once again she’d accepted the challenge and on our last visit we spent a few hours walking to Cloud Hill Quarry and back with my son.
My son is fascinated my heavy-duty machinery so we both knew he’d like the idea of seeing this massive quarry close up. We’ve walked around the Breedon Quarry before but this one is on a much larger scale.
Walking to Cloud Hill Quarry would see us using the old disused railway line walk that runs all the way to Derby. We’ve walked along it to Melbourne plenty of times, but never the other way. This time we’d be heading towards Worthington.
It’s a perfect walk to do with children as generally it’s well paved and there’s always lots to see as part of a nature hunt.
Since going on Cub Camp in May, my son has started to climb over things. It’s a little thing, but it makes me smile, and gates are definitely not something to be opened or walked round any more!
On each side of the old railway line there are agricultural fields, and with all the hot weather the wheat was growing well.
We were visiting a couple of weeks after the heat wave had ended and the weather as we were walking to Cloud Hill Quarry was so changeable. One minute is was spitting with rain and really grey and overcast, the next we had brilliant blue sky and the sun was shining. More of a typical English summer I suppose.
It’s also hard to believe that at one point our walk took us up close to the A42 with traffic thundering past. I would imagine that part of the old railway line was built over when the A42 was built as we were diverted off the railway line and onto a road path for a short while.
The rest of the walk feels very much like a woodland walk.
I stood back and watched my son and best friend stride out ahead. They have a very close relationship and I love just seeing them together, oblivious to where I am. Listening to them chatting away.
As we got closer to Cloud Hill Quarry we could hear vehicles moving around and caught glimpses of the quarry itself.
But we still couldn’t quite see the scale of the operation, so we kept on walking.
Until we discovered some steps which took us up to a viewing area so we could properly look out at the Quarry in front of us.
We weren’t disappointed. The quarry is vast and the photos don’t do it justice at all.
There are some information boards at this viewing area to read up on and it’s worth just looking out, watching the vehicles working away.
All the machines looked like Matchbox models.
It’s so cleverly hidden that really you would have no idea that this vast hole in the ground is even there. We watched some of the worker re-pinning one of the sides of the quarry and all agreed that that wasn’t a job we fancied doing at all. Abseiling anywhere isn’t high on my list of ‘must do’ activities, and in a quarry, even less so.
Walking to Cloud Hill Quarry had one more little nugget for us to enjoy as we also discovered this sculpture close to the viewing area. You might have seen it in my My Sunday Photo post a few weeks back too.
It was time to retrace our steps and head back to my friend’s house for lunch. Walking to Cloud Hill Quarry had certainly been worth it and we had plenty to talk about as we headed home, and we even got to enjoy the rest of the walk in sunshine which was an added bonus.
Have you been on a walk which takes in a quarry?