Willington

We had a short journey this morning to Willington and headed quickly off to the shops: our cupboards were bare. It seems a popular mooring spot and all the spaces are full. The train line runs very close but the trains pass very quickly. We’ll see what its like through the night, but we did manage several days in Upper Heyford where the train line is even closer. However the moorings seem very peaceful compared to the roads when we ventured out. Having just heard the news of the death of an old friend knocked down by a car, at times we felt very vulnerable when we walked over to Repton, footpaths all the way but so close to the speeding cars that the wing mirrors nearly grazed us as they passed.

Repton is just over a mile from Willington and it seems very much a school town with the buildings and playing fields of the public school, established in 1551, spread over a wide area. Repton was the ancient capital of Mercia and the old stone St Wystan’s Church is built over a 10th Century crypt.

The most pleasurable part of the walk over to Repton was Willington Bridge; both the bridge itself and the view from the bridge, which was pure Constable looking over the peaceful water meadows and the meandering Trent. The bridge was built in the 1830s and was a toll bridge until 1898 when, after protests, it was taken over by Derbyshire County Council. No wonder the users were protesting. The toll for a horse drawn coach or wagon was 1/- and 1d for each passenger, 9d for a gig and 1d for each pedestrian animal or animal. These prices seem pretty steep for the time. Fortunately we reaped the benefit of their action and walked over for free.

Willington Bridge

River Trent

Thatched cottages – Repton

St Wystans Repton

Today we did 1.96 Miles

Statistics so far:-

1949.16 Miles, 1102 Locks, 118 Swing Bridges, 82 Lift Bridges, 32 Tunnels

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