An opencast site near here has been earmarked for tree planting and leisure routes...cycling and walking.
Every time we plan a walk there, it rains...so this time we decided to go anyway.
The road would be fine for some mountain bikers, but a bit gnarly for me to ride!
It was a nice walk despite the wind and rain,with skylarks and snipe and a few LBJs that we couldn't recognise.
Apparently the hole hasn't been used for landfill in case they want to mine for coal again....I can't see that happening.
Looking towards Patna along the old road that our neighbours grandmother took him and his siblings from Rankinston to the shop and list office in Patna.
The next view is looking back along it towards Rankinston
That was about fifty years ago.
The rain was getting heavier so we retraced steps..with the intent of having longer walks when it is dry!!