West Hallam Walk No. 3 - Part 02
w/e 13 July 2014
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
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The first half of this walk was along the Centenary Way and along a route that was quite familiar to us. The return to the centre of West Hallam Village though was along what I was tempted to call "unchartered territory" but that is not true as the path is clearly shown on Ordnance Survey maps. It was however not a route we had walked previously and as we found out, not one that was particularly well used.

High Lane East

The start of the return journey was simple enough and entailed leaving the Centenary Way and walking along High Lane East towards Ilkeston as far as Firs Farm which is the white building seen in the distance to the right of the white van.

On reaching the farm the directions are to "take the track immediately after" but we were in some doubt as to whether this was the correct one as it was gated and also blocked by a pallet. As chance would have it, a gentleman in a van pulled up and confirmed that this was indeed the public right of way and that the pallet was there merely to prevent animals from the farm escaping on to the road.
Railway Bridge

We followed the track through the farmyard to pass under an old railway bridge. The railway line from Ilkeston to Derby also crossed High Lane East via a bridge which was demolished after Dr Beeching's cuts but it was not unknown for people to be directed in the latter part of the last century with the words "Go past the railway bridge that's been demolished and ...."
Farm Drive

Turning right after passing under the bridge we followed the farm drive looking out for a footpath marker on a telegraph pole, which we did find but it would have been much simpler just to say turn right where the drive splits into two.
Across The Field

Following the right hand drive for a little way we then crossed a stile and walked along the edge of the field to the accompaniment of four barking dogs. Once again we were grateful to a young lady who appeared to quell the barking dogs and who confirmed the path went straight across the field to the far corner where a stile would lead us to a second railway bridge and the path back to West Hallam village.
Arched Bridge

Overgrown StileFieldThe stile was all but obscured by brambles, nettles and waist high weeds (left) but after carefully negotiating our way over it and through the undergrowth, we passed under the second railway bridge. This bridge narrower than the first one also featured an arched ceiling. On the other side we turned left and walked along the edge of the field (right) until we reached another stile.
Field After Field

Clambering over the stile we continued now with the hedge line on our right through the next four fields.
Trodden Down

In the final field the only indication of the footpath was the trodden down grass which indicated that at least someone had walked this way before us. There was little else to show the route of the footpath.
Cinder Lane

We eventually reached a corner of the field where once again we had to find a way through the weeds, grass and brambles to reach the stile. The waymarker on the post though showed that this was also the route of the five and a half mile Country Walk No. 14 called The Cat and Fiddle Trail. Crossing the stile we reached Cinder Lane and turning left headed back up the hill to St Wilfrid's Road. Cinder Lane of course is the track we walked down in the outward leg of the walk and is the answer to the question posed as to the name of the track.
The Village

Another left turn at the end of the track took us back up the hill, into The Village and back to the Dales Shopping Centre. Although this is a family walk, the outward part is easy enough but I would not recommend the return route for really young children at this time of year although it would be ideal at other times.

To see an aerial view of the entire route of this Family Walk click here.
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