Ilkeston - A Familiar Route
w/e 19 March 2023

All of this week's pictures were taken with a Nikon D3300

We needed to visit the Waterside Retail Park off Station Road so decided to follow a route we have walked many times before along the towpath of the Erewash Canal.

Potter's Lock

We joined the canal at Potter's Lock.
Erewash Canal

As we proceeded along the towpath it soon became apparent that someone had been busy at work cutting back and removing many of the rushes and other plants that had been growing along the edge of the water.

The work to clear the canal appears to have frightened many of the waterfowl away. Usually it is alive with swans, coots, moorhens, ducks and many other species but we only saw this pair of mallards for the duration of our walk along the towpath.
Big Tree

Passing the fishing platforms and as we rounded the corner to the long straight stretch of the canal to Station Road, we were impressed by the height of the tree on the other bank. That's one big tree!

It was along that straight stretch that we passed a partly submerged vessel and as we passed we spotted its name "Dignity". It's fair to say in this state, there's not a great deal of dignity left for this abandoned vessel.
Bridge No. 20

We left the towpath and climbed the steps up to Station Road at bridge number 20.
Retail Park

We crossed the road and approached the Retail Park which, with the number of vehicles parked, looked to be busy. This is hardly surprising as parking is free whereas the Council run car parks in the town centre all require a fee to be paid. I'm sure the town centre shop owners would welcome a return of free parking there too.
From Station Road

We could have returned to the canal and continued round the back of the Retail Park to the next bridge, a footbridge over the canal onto Wash Meadow but instead crossed the canal on Station Road and approached Wash Meadow via the side streets off Station Road.

Wash Meadow is more commonly known as Johnny's to local residents and from the entrance off Meadow Street an unmade footpath to the right created by footfall of many people leads to the above mentioned footbridge. We chose the tarmac path to the left and made our way across Johnny's to the exit to Rutland Street.
Rutland Street

From there it was only as short walk along Rutland Street to the bottom of Bath Street and the bus back home.

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