Bramcote Hills Park - Crow Hill & Silver Birches
w/e 11 July 2021

All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Most local people will be aware of the sandstone outcrop at Bramcote known as the Hemlock Stone but less than a mile away is another ancient stone hidden away in Bramcote Hills Park.

Bramcote Hills Park

We entered the park via the main entrance to the car park before ten o'clock one morning but even then there were many vehicles parked and dog walkers were also out in force. There was still plenty of open space in the park though and social distancing was not a problem at all.
Shielded Path

After parking the car we returned to the main entrance and took the path that runs parallel with the road for about half a mile through the trees. A grassy bank on the right shields walkers from the majority of the traffic noise.
Trim Trail

On the left there are views through the trees to the open parkland beyond. There are also a number of places where equipment has been positioned for the park's "Trim Trail" and some park benches for the less energetic.
Pedestrian Entrance

After about half a mile there is another entrance to the park, this one for pedestrians, near the cricket ground.
Crow Hill

Just beyond the entrance our first objective came into view. This is Crow Hill and a short scramble up the hill took us into the trees at the top to search for the stone.
Standing Stone

Once in the trees, the stone didn't take much searching at all as it was only a few steps in. It is actually a Standing Stone or Menhir and is situated among overgrown earthworks at an elevation of 76m. Although we didn't actually make them out, apparently there are markings on the stone that are thought to show the date 1777.

Down The Slope

Just outside the tree line a strategically placed bench is a good vantage point to sit for a few minutes to survey the park. This view is deceptive as it doesn't really capture the downward slope but we made the descent and headed off to the right. Our approach to Crow Hill had been from the left in this view.
Cricket Ground

Still heading to the right we walked around the cricket ground and made our way to the foot of the hills that give Bramcote Hills its name.
By The Wall

Instead of following the path up through the trees on the slope we left it and walked by the wall at the foot of the slope. This was to enable us to reach the second objective of the walk.
Birch Trees

Interpretation Boardhemlock StoneThat second objective was to see a group of 2m socially distanced silver birch trees that have recently been planted. The nearby interpretation board says that 30 trees are a variety with vivid white stems which will contrast with bluebells that have also been planted as a reminder of the NHS and the part it played in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, blue and white being the NHS colours.

From here we made our way back to the car park but not before a short diversion into the Walled Garden for a view across Coventry Lane to the more famous Hemlock Stone (highlighted above).

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