Nottingham - Castle
w/e 25 August
The footpath alongside the Canal that runs parallel with Castle
Boulevard beneath Nottingham Castle was quite popular this Bank
Holiday weekend as can be seen from the image above. The path
is also part of the 105 mile long Robin Hood Way but our walk
was much, much shorter than that.
We commenced our walk near the Castle Marina where the road bridge
carrying carrying Castle Bridge Road passes over the canal (to
the right of this picture) and the entrance (left) to the marina.
Walking towards the city centre, we passed many narrow boats
moored like the "Little Star" at the side of the canal.
Others floated gently by heading for the marina, all a world
away from the busy road traffic hurtling along Castle Boulevard
just beyond the greenery on the far side of the canal.
We met a very friendly dog called Charlie who was relaxing with
his master by the good ship "Victoria".
An angler had enough bait to catch all the fish in the canal
and the different coloured wriggling maggots provided an interesting
if unusual sight for the many passers-by.
The castle from which the marina, the roads and in fact the whole
area, Castle Meadow, derive their names put in a number of fleeting
appearances as we progressed along the canal but this is probably
one of the better views caught between the modern apartments
on the left and the older architecture to the right. Three contrasting
styles coming together but do they really blend?
When the canal reaches Wilford Street, it is almost at street
level but a lock enables the boats to be lowered to pass under
the brightly painted Wilford Street bridge. This marked the end
of our walk, or rather the mid point. All that remained was to
turn round and retrace our steps back to the marina.
Upadte 13/05/07 - To continue this walk under the bridge please
see Part 3 of the Historic Nottingham series.