Gedling - Country Park
w/e 02 July 2017
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

At one time of day you couldn't go out in this area without bumping into a miner or seeing the headstocks of a local coal mine. Now you may meet a member of a former miner's family but all the pits have closed and the only headstocks remaining stand as monuments to the industrial heritage. Several of the former pits have been transformed into country parks such as at Shipley or Ruddington. One of the latest to go the same way is on the site of Gedling Colliery on the north-eastern edge of Nottingham.

Visitor Centre

A new Visitor Centre has recently been opened at Gedling, its design intended to replicate the colour and shape of a lump of coal.
The Mining Tower

A new "headstock" has been constructed incorporating a climbing frame and slides for children to play on in a dedicated play area and a board describes it as "The Mining Tower".
Four Routes

Four distinct circular routes have been built around the park of varying lengths and difficulty ranging from the "High Hazels" Blue route, an easy 1.4km path with gentle slopes suitable for walking, cycling and also wheelchairs to the challenging "Low Hazels" Green route of some 5.7km with several steep parts.
The Blue Route

On this fleeting visit we only had time for the easy Blue route which leaves scope for further visits to tackle some of the longer ones.

There are several structures to be seen on this route including this one but I doubt it would offer much shelter in the event of rain.
Memorial Stone

About half way round the route is a Memorial Stone from Gedling Borough Council inscribed as follows: "Gedling Country Park was opened by Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Cllr. John Clarke and Vernon Coaker, Member of Parliament for Gedling in the presence of Mayor of Gedling, Cllr. Jenny Hollingsworth on the 28 March 2015. This plaque is in recognition of their commitment and determination to develop this site into an outstanding destination country park for all to enjoy."

Another structure near the Memorial Stone offers even less protection from the elements than the previous one and is probably a remnant of the aforementioned colliery. There is a small picnic area on the other side of the sturcture.
Wetland Area

As the Memorial Stone shows, the park has only been open for just over two years and will obviously mature as time goes on but there is already a well established wetland area.

Plants too will increase as the park matures but thistles have already made their presence felt.

The gentle climb back up to the Visitor Centre offers some splendid views to the south of the surrounding area. The houses straight ahead are in the Gedling and Carlton areas of Nottingham with the spire the Parish Church of All Hallows towards the left of this image being on Arnold Lane in Gedling. Beyond that the land rises on the other side of the River Trent to the Nottinghamshire Wolds.

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