Ilkeston - At Bennerley Woodland
w/e 02 August 2020
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

At less than half a mile in length this hardly qualifies as a "walk" but as the thermometer rose on the hottest day for some time, it was a pleasant amble through Bennerley Woodland at Cotmanhay.

Bridge Inn

We began our stroll at the sad sight of the former Bridge Inn which has closed and is now boarded up.
Canal Bridge

The bridge in question adjacent to the former pub is over the Erewash Canal.
Cotmanhay Estate

From the bridge the canal can be see continuing northwards past the Cotmanhay Estate in the distance and will eventually reach the Great Northern Basin at Eastwood.
Bennerley Woodland

After crossing the bridge we turned the opposite way and almost immediately left the towpath to follow the path into Bennerley Woodland.
Cycle Path

Believe or not, the path through the wood is shown on maps of the area as a cycle path.
Railway Bridge

The path soon leads to what is a fairly new bridge replacing the old rickety one over the railway line.
Bennerley Viaduct

Although a recent construction it has already become the subject of graffiti messages but it offers a view of a much older construction that bridges the Erewash Valley, the Bennerley Viaduct. The viaduct is currently undergoing restoration work with the aim of making it into a pedestrian and cycle path across the valley.
Railway Line

Looking the other way from the bridge the railway line stretches northwards and the turbine at Newthorpe is clearly visible but that's nothing new as it can be seen from miles away!

Returning back to the foot of the railway bridge we followed a shorter path directly to the towpath on the Erewash Canal.

Erewash Camal

Turning right we walked along the Erewash Canal towpath and were soon back at the Bridge Inn. Such a pity it's not open any more, a cool drink or a morning coffee would have been ideal - but we had to return to the town centre for that.

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