The Walk In The Clouds - Part 02
w/e 05 September 2010
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Resuming the "Walk In The Clouds" on Quarry Hill, the route takes us through Stanton By Dale where a right turn into Stanhope Street leads past the village cross dating from 1632, the Stanhope Arms, the village pump that was erected in 1897 and then up to St Michael and All Angel's Church (13th century). For a more detailed look at the village see the Stanton By Dale Village Trail that we followed in 2003 but for now we'll continue our walk from the church.

Horse Field

Churchyard GateSteps DownThe path up to the church continues through the churchyard to a gate in the wall (left) that leads into a field beyond. The leaflet that describes the route says to bear left and cross the field heading for the kissing gate by the holly in the hedge. Once through it the path passes through another field (above) to the rear of the houses on Dale Road. A couple of horses were grazing but were unmoved by our presence so we continued through a narrow passageway to drop down by a flight of steps (right) to Dale Road.
Dale Road

Diagonally across Dale Road another kissing gate guards the entrance to a narrow passage but an adjacent "Public Footpath" sign points us in the correct direction.
By The Hedge

At the end of the passage the footpath continues along the hedge line and uphill across three more fields not only to the highest point of the walk but also one of the highest points in the area around Ilkeston. It also gives credence to the walk's title being another reason in addition to the route through Stoney Clouds at Sandiacre.
Erewash Valley

It's worth turning round at the top of the incline to survey the landscape across and along the Erewash Valley. This is the view over Stanton By Dale to Ilkeston and beyond but the valley continues to the left and the north where the high ground at Crich and Alport Heights some ten or twelve miles away can easily be seen.
No Man's Lane

Emerging from the fields at 1641 feet above sea level we now need to cross No Man' s Lane to pick up another footpath that starts at the dead oak tree on the other side to continue across another field.
Bean Crop

The path runs past a solitary tree in the middle of the field and right through the middle of a crop of what appeared to be bean plants. It is usual to leave the plants to die before harvesting. Compare this view with another in the opposite direction from when we visited the same area around No Man's Lane back in October 2005.
Trent Valley

The views from this side of No Man's Lane are to the south and across the Trent Valley the main object that draws the eye being the Power Station at Ratcliffe on Soar which is reputed to be one of the most efficient coal fired power stations in the UK. The East Midlands Airport at Castle Donington and Charnwood Forest are also visible in this direction.
Maywood Golf Course

The path leads to a gap in the hedge where we meet the second golf course on this walk with the route across marked once again by a series of white posts. This is the Maywood Golf Course and the warning sign on the left advises walkers to make sure that the golfers are aware of their presence.
Risley Lodge Farm

After safely negotiating the golf course we continued across another field of dead crops and climbed a stile to approach Risley Lodge Farm.

Climbing another stile at the farm confirms we are still on track by the circular number 2 marker. The number refers to the leaflet that describes the walk so skirting around the farm we now head for a bridleway to start the descent into Risley and return to Sandiacre.
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