We haven’t been on many days out this year so far and as I didn’t have the inconvenience of work last weekend we wanted to take advantage. Nowadays choosing a new day out destination has become rather difficult. Over the last 6 and a half years together we have been to every nice and okay city, town and village in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire, that we are aware of. We have also revisited the ones we like best too. If we want to see a new place then we now have to travel further on our days out, think outside the box or take a risk with places that may not be so nice.
I did some research on the internet and Alfreton in east Derbyshire appeared to be a possible destination to visit. But as we soon realised once there, the Derbyshire tourist websites I looked at seem to exaggerate the niceness of some of their towns.
We parked in the Tesco car park and walked across the road into the quiet centre. It was a Sunday, so many small towns pretty much close down for the day. We grabbed some food from a quiet little Greggs and ate on a bench outside in the cold with a flock of pigeons eager for scraps.
We had a brief walk to try and find some history and nice buildings. There were a lot of closed shops and empty windows. I liked the look of the Alfreton House Tearooms, until a chav sat down in front of it. We didn’t have a lot of luck and the freezing cold wind made us give up and head to Home Bargains.
It was still only mid afternoon and we didn’t want the day to feel like a complete failure, so we jumped in the car and headed to Belper. At least I spotted a couple of nice buildings as we drove out of town – a church and an unusually named Abraham Lincoln Library.