2009 - Week Two
w/e 11 October 2009
All this week's pictures were taken
with a Kodak DX6490
And so on we go to the second week of the Autumn
Footprints Walking Festival in Amber Valley and Erewash and in
this second week we were booked on another six walks from Monday
to Saturday inclusive. The walks again varied between ambles
and rambles beginning on Monday afternoon with the Denby Bicentenary
This was one of
the walks that veered towards a ramble as it started at Loscoe,
near Heanor and covered six miles mainly across fields and farmland
(left). It included some 24 stiles and visited the birthplace
of the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed on the way to Denby.
Although this is not the actual building (above) a plaque on
the wall records that this was the site of the house where he
was born on August 19th 1646. The walk also included visits to
Denby Village, the Flamsteed Memorial Park (right) and the Denby
Pottery Visitor Centre (link to earlier visit in 2003).
The weather stayed fine for the whole of the Autumn Footprints
Festival and the only rain that did fall was while the group
was at the Denby Pottery site on Monday afternoon. Even so, the
precipitation here was not enough to warrant being called a shower
and most of the group were enjoying a break in the walk where
a short stop was just long enough for a drink in the restaurant
in the Visitor Centre. The Pottery is celebrating its bicentenary
this year hence the name of the walk.
In week one,
we had passed Trent Lock with the Sawley Walking For Health group
on the Long Eaton Canal Walk and our Tuesday walk in week two
returned us to Trent Lock for a brisk walk with the West Park
Walkers, another Walking For Health group based in Long Eaton.
Our previous walk had taken us along part of the Erewash Canal
but this time we followed the Cranfleet Canal, where a stiff
breeze was creating some choppy waters all the way to Cranfleet
Lock (left). From there we followed a footpath and some minor
roads to loop round back to the lock before returning along the
canal to Trent Lock.
This peaceful scene of the River Trent adjacent to the Navigation
pub near the end of the walk belies the fact that behind me were
some thirty five to forty walkers happily chatting to each other
as they followed the path back to the car park behind the pub
and the end of the walk.
the starting point of our Wednesday walk as we set off for the
far side of neighbouring village Draycott following the route
of the old Derby Canal that has now been transformed into a footpath.
The view over the farmland above was to the north towards Cottage
Farm and Risley beyond. Like our earlier walk at Denby, we broke
at the midpoint for refreshments this time at the home of one
of our fellow walkers. Brian Marshall and his wife Jane were
hosting a coffee morning in support of Macmillan Nurses and their
efforts raised a magnificent sum of nearly £350 boosted
by the arrival of the sixty four walkers from Breaston (right).
Suitably refreshed with coffee and cake, we continued through
Draycott leaving on the south side to pick up the Midshires Way
and the Coffin Walk back to Breaston, a total distance of about
a five mile walk on Thursday morning and another change of scenery
as we headed west to Holbrook for the 10am start. The relatively
flat landscape of Breaston and Draycott was replaced by the hillier
features (left) between Holbrook, Duffield and Little Eaton.
Part of this walk followed and overlapped a small section of
the Little Eaton walk along the River Derwent of the previous
week but much was in the upland meadows and necessitated weaving
between the resident cattle on more than one occasion. With my
lifelong phobia of the bovine species I was more than happy for
the company of my fellow walkers.
There were about thirty five of us on this walk but I am not
sure what this horse saw that was so amusing as we passed the
stables at one of the farms on the way back to Hobrook.
After our exertions in the earlier walks in this second week,
a much gentler wander with the Sandiacre Strollers (Walking For
Health) from Sandiacre to Stapleford and Stanton Gate that included
a stretch of the Erewash Canal was just what the doctor ordered
on Friday morning. I had started the Autumn Footprints with a
repeat of the Morley Heritage Walk and this Sandiacre walk was
also a repeat of the route we followed in the second week of the 2008 festival.
The final walk of the 2009 festival took place on Sunday but
out final involvement for this year was the Stanley Village Wildlife
Wander on Saturday afternoon. Our route took us in a figure of
eight circuit from the village centre along Common Lane to cross
the fields (above) before picking up the dismantled railway cutting
- one of the few sites locally ideal for glow worms - to Klondyke
and a return to the village centre via Stanley Brook. There are
many more images from this area in the Village Trail for Stanley Village elsewhere
on this site.
The Walking Festival again appears to have been a great success
and has given us the opportunity to renew some old acquaintances,
make new friends and see some familiar scenery from an entirely
different angle to that to which we become accustomed. Several
times we returned home physically tired but felt much better
for the exercise at the end of the fortnight. Even walking up
Bath Street in Ilkeston now is not such a trudge anymore and
we can accomplish it without blowing half as much! We'll continue
to walk - don't think we'll manage forty five miles every
fortnight though - but we're already looking forward to the 2010
Festival which is planned for Saturday 11th to Sunday 26th September.