imageWe’ve been away camping this weekend and have thoroughly loved it; the usual mix of weather, being England, but you have to take that with you. The site we visited, http://www.sthelenscaravanpark.co.uk, is situated just outside Scarborough and as such is 20 minutes away from us…long distance! But you can be a few miles away and you may as well be hours away; the change of pace, scenery and surrounding noises as well as being with others who are on holiday are all very welcome.

There’s a walk from the site which ends up after 100 mtrs crossing what I now discover is the old Forge Valley Railway line which went from Seamer to Pickering; as with most branch lines, it met it’s demise in the mid 20th century, in this case 1950, so didn’t even survive to face Dr. Beechings swingeing cuts in 1963. I walked along for some way amongst the weeds and undergrowth which have long since taken over and it’s strange to imagine the sights and sounds which must have been a part of this line when it was functioning. The noise, the steam, who used the line and what for, all provoking questions in my mind; I looked at this bridge and could imagine steam billowing up and over it, with the consequent echo that created issuing out.

Sad really it and many other lines have gone; relics of a bygone age. Some would be money-spinners if they had been retained, others doubtless needed to disappear. If there’s one near you, use it; it may have become a cycle track or just a footpath. Most of them have been retained in some form, but all are worthwhile looking at. When you do, think of the sight it must have been; you’ll still find old station platforms in abundance but at least in this age, they are one place you won’t have to mind the gap!