During lockdown, I spent time walking around Penistone, recovering some of the many interesting things about the place – and uncovering new ones. So, here is a short virtual walk -along the Trans-Pennine Trail – for my far-flung friends, to enjoy before you are able to visit in person!
There are educational posters to read – if you click on the photo, you should get a magnifying-glass icon at the top left. But I suggest you leave reading in depth until you retrace your steps – so that you don’t get too tired before the last stop – which is absolutely the best part of the walk!
1.The information plaque at the start of our walk gives interesting facts about the town’s history, including the 12th century church and the Girls’ School (which was built by public subscription and opened in 1823) – just two of the many gracious buildings we still enjoy.
2. We go along the trail past the gracious buildings of Penistone Station
3. And interesting engineering details about the foundation block for the tension wire for Britain’s first all-electric railway.
4. Another poster recounts the history of steel and its importance to the development of Penistone
5. The tribute to steelworkers includes both women and men
6. The Transpennine Trail
This part of the trail through Penistone is less wild than other parts!
But, during lockdown, it was lovely to see whole families going for walks or biking (including infants in push-chairs or baby seats)
7. Suddenly, off to the right, I discover a charming little community herb garden!
8. With a tribute to Penistone’s most famous son so far (more information and tributes to him in the church graveyard, which is also worth a visit)
9. Continuing along the trail
and back to the railway theme now: Information about the amazing turntable for locomotives, so well balanced that an engine could easily be turned by two men!
10. … And now has become part of our natural surroundings …
11. And just here, we can turn off the trail onto the silver birch path through the silver birch spinney. I’ve lived here around 12 years and this is the first time I’ve seen this enchanting place!
12. So lovely! I had to take it home with me. So I made a short film, see below, which brings you the sound of the breeze passing through the trees – and a little light bird song. Hope you enjoyed the walk!
[For more information about the town, check out The Penistone Archive at http://www.penistonearchive.co.uk ]