The Cranfleet Trail - Part 03
w/e 21 February 2010
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Pasture Lane

This final part of the Cranfleet Trail will take us back to our starting point at Trent Lock from where the footpath from the riverbank of the Trent meets Pasture Lane.
To The Lock

Pasture Lane leads directly into Long Eaton but we only followed it as far as the first lane on the left which is signposted as leading to Cranfleet Lock. Evidence of former gravel workings can be seen on both sides of Pasture Lane with large expanses of water visible through the hedgerows and our return to the lock meant that we circumnavigated one of them. To the right of this lane the level, low lying land is used for arable farming and I presume is part of the Cranfleet Farm that we had earlier passed when walking along the towpath towards Cranfleet Lock.
Nottingham Yacht Club

 At the end of the lane is the car park at Cranfleet Lock and this time I actually crossed to the other side of the lock for this view of the former Lock Keeper's cottage and stables that we had passed on our outward leg. The building is now the home of the Nottingham Yacht Club.
Cranfleet Cut

From here the route is to retrace our steps back along the Cranfleet Cut to Trent Lock but it also gives us the opportunity to see some of the things we missed on the way out.

For example, this zoomed shot across both the Cut and the River Trent shows the ornamental entrance that dates from Victorian times and shows where the railway tunnel passes through the sandstone cliff called Red Hill. The name of the hill is obviously derived from the colour of the sandstone but the hill was once the site of a Romano-British temple. The area is now dominated by the Ratcliffe-On-Soar Power Station and although I've resisted referring to it so far on this walk, it's hard to ignore when there is so much electrical equipment about. There is also another tunnel through Red Hill through which water drawn from the river is returned from the cooling towers to the Trent.
Trains & Planes

One lasting memory from our previous walk along the Cranfleet Trail during last year's Autumn Footprints Festival was the number of aeroplanes that passed overhead flying either to or from the East Midlands Airport at Castle Donington but this time with the wind in a different direction we didn't notice a single one. We did however hear the rumble of trains on a regular basis and just after passing under the railway bridges for the second time, another train rushed by on its way north towards Trent Junction.
River Trent

The end of our walk was now almost in sight as we neared the footbridge over the channel that leads from the river to the Erewash Canal. This is a busy junction on the river as it is not only the place where the Cranfleet Cut and the Erewash Canal join, but also where the River Soar on the opposite bank joins from the south.
Erewash Canal

We completed our walk along the Cranfleet Trail by crossing the footbridge over the channel and heading back to the Navigation Inn which can be seen in the centre of this image but the bridge on the right just before the first lock on the Erewash Canal is the one we crossed on our outward journey.

If you've enjoyed this walk along the Cranfleet Trail, there's an additional selection of images from the original Autumn Footprints walk in September 2009 at Flickr. Click here to view.
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