Autumn Footprints 2018 - The Launch
w/e 16 September 2018
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Green Room

Saturday September 15th 2018 was the day that the Annual Walking Festival in Amber Valley and Erewash was launched and shortly before 10am organizers, walk leaders, members of the Steering Group, the respective Mayors of the two Councils and other interested parties gathered in the Green Room at the Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre for the launch of the sixteen day event that heralded the subsequent 42 walks.

There were several information boards around the room from the various groups involved in the Festival many extolling the health benefits of walking.
Launch Photo

After the introductory speeches from the Mayors and the presentation of badges to the walk leaders, there was the obligatory gathering outside the Visitor Centre for official photographs. The walkers then set off for a gentle three and a half mile walk through the Park to launch the Festival.
Hufton's Coppice

I thought I had been to most places in the Park previously but our walk leader Ben took us past Osborne's Pond, along the Nutbrook Trail before turning off to go somewhere I had not been before. That was Hufton's Coppice.
Horse Field

The route then took us through Horse Field so named not because there were horses in it but, as Ben explained, this was the field where the pit ponies would spend their "vacations" when brought up from the coal mines on the Shipley estate.
At Nottingham Lodge

We did however see a couple of horses on the walk including this one going in the opposite direction as we passed Nottingham Lodge which we had reached via the Newcastle Plantation, the Nutbrook Trail again and Dog Kennel Lane.
Memorial Wood

From the Lodge we skirted round Shipley Hill passing Memorial Wood (seen here on the left) where every tree in the wood has been planted in memory of someone. It is now becoming well established as many of the trees with species from all around the world reach maturity.
Green Man

As we headed towards Shipley Lane we paused at the old graveyard which is overlooked by the Green Man carving on the remains of a felled tree.

After crossing Shipley Lane we followed the track below the house confusingly called The Gardens where another felled tree was hosting several large fungi.
Two Trees Field

The route then briefly touched Shipley Lane at Derby Lodge before turning off to cross "Two Trees" field (because there are two trees in it) to Cinderhill Coppice and back to the Visitor Centre to conclude the Launch Walk.
Route Map

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