Who knew it was possible to discover new sights at a destination you’ve visited over ten times? Well, that happened for me at Gravel Hole.
After a horrible week in lockdown, I decided to take myself on a solo walk. It was a last minute idea so, instead of driving elsewhere, I just popped on my boots and began walking.
I was aware or Gravel Hole in Norton – a large quarry, that is a popular place for cyclists. I’ve been there in rain, wind, snow and sun but only this time, did I realise how beautiful the area surrounding it really is.
I’ve always entered from the same entrance and walked straight to the quarry and back. On many occasions, I’ve walked on the public pathway to the horses fields. But, never have I realised that there are much more attractive routes.
This time I entered through a gate on the opposite side of the railway line. This took me to an open field that I was familiar with. But, I found a gap in the trees leading to a beautiful and deceivingly long walkway. Out of the scorching sun, birch trees and spring flowers guided the way. It’s the first time in ages that I’ve been on a walk on my own and not listened to music because I was too engrossed on what was around me.
After reaching the other end of the route, and taking many different paths leading to the same place, I took one which led to the horses fields. I’ve seen these horses plenty of times, but never from between the trees. On all of these pathways, I only passed one other person. It was total silence except birds tweeting and what sounded like crickets.
I chose not to continue walking past the horses as the fields lead too far out. But, there is a public footpath that keeps going.
I turned around and found several more stunning pathways that led to the quarry. When I arrived, there was only two women with children, a couple of passing cyclists and two runners. The quarry is a perfect place to keep your distance.
After walking around the nearby grassed area and finding some perfect picnic spots for the future, I sat on the sand overlooking the quarry and began writing this blog.
Granted, in poorer weather, this isn’t the perfect spot as there is very little shelter. But, on what had been a horrible week, this stroll and relaxing sit was just what I needed.
The only thing that could make this place any better would be if there were some benches or logs to sit on along the way.
If you’re ever in Norton village on a nice day, I’d recommend these walkways, if you get bored of the duck pond which has sadly been used as a drinking spot for many recently.
It was great discovering new areas and exploring (very local) nature. I ended up spending four hours out and about.
As always, let me know where you recommend for walks in nature.