Thank you to those who keep our roads open. We’ve some challenging roads around here; they are the primary roads you hear mentioned on the travel reports, the Snake Pass, Wood Head Pass and The Cat and Fiddle, beautiful but tricky, and the first to get hit by bad weather, but of course there’s many many miles more of roads to be cleared: take a ride in the cab of a Derbyshire County Council gritter and get a different perspective.
The continuing snowy theme gives me an excuse to post this photo, from 1901, I’ve done so before
I bet these folk would have loved to see a snow plough looming over the horizon. They’d probably have liked central heating, electric light, tumble dryers and 4×4 vehicles.
Here’s a later image, the big freeze of 1947, that lasted from 21st January to 4th of March; both photos are taken at Sparrowpit.