Walking For Health
Gallows Inn Walk - Part 01
w/e 16 November 2014
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Victoria Park Leisure CentreVictoria ParkThis is the second route I devised back in 2006 for a Walking For Health group but unlike the first, this is a linear walk of only a little over two miles. Again it begins at the Victoria Park Leisure Centre (left) and this time, instead of circling the town centre, the route heads directly for it through the park (right) before continuing from there to the Erewash Canal towpath concluding at Gallows Inn.

When I first devised the walk the route through the park took us by the central grassed area and flower beds but these have currently been flattened as work is underway as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant. A damp misty afternoon in the middle of November is not the best time for this view but it should be much better by the middle of next year when the work is due to be completed.
To The Pergola

There are still plenty of places in the park though that look good in any weather like this one we passed on the way to the Pergola.

We were followed for much of the walk through the park by a robin but he wouldn't sit still long enough to be photographed, flitting from tree to bush to fence all the way. The squirrels however were much more amenable.
Park Exit

We exited the Park at the four way road junction of from left to right, Bristol Road, New Lawn Road, King George Avenue and Drummond Road.
New Lawn Road

Crossing into New Lawn Road we continued towards the town centre and if you look closely you can just about make out through the mist the green spire of the United Reformed Church above the houses and through the branches of the trees in the centre of this image.
Kenning's Corner

Derby CollegeThose houses stand on the corner of New Lawn Road and Wharnclife Road on a site I will forever refer to as Kenning's corner. That is because there used to be a Kenning's Garage here and my Dad worked there in the office for a time. The garage stood empty and dilapidated for a number of years before becoming temporary home to a car wash business but it was eventually demolished to allow the housing development to proceed. On the adjacent site the Magistrate's Court has also been demolished and the new Ilkeston Campus of the Derby College has been built which backs onto New Lawn Road.
St Mary Street

Our route for this Walking for Health walk leaves New Lawn Road opposite the college to follow the entire length of St Mary Street which is seen here from close to that junction.
Older Buildings

St Mary Street swings round to approach the town centre and the properties at this end appear to be from an earlier date to those at the New Lawn Road end. The Monday Strollers as the name suggests is a group that enjoys their walks on Monday mornings and one thing I noticed as we followed this route on a Saturday afternoon was the increased number of parked vehicles. Most of the parking in the area walked so far is for residents and visitors only which explains the difference.
No Entry

Where St Mary Street meets the Lower Market Place a "No Entry" sign prevents access (supposedly) for vehicles but care has to be taken when walking up Bath Street into the Market Place as this sign is not always adhered to and on more than one occasion I have seen drivers ignoring the prohibition. Straight ahead are the gates to the old vicarage and to the left of the gates is Anchor Row which is where we will continue this walk in the next part.
Lower Market Place

On this Saturday afternoon however we arrived in the Market Place just as the traders were beginning to pack their unsold goods away and with the mist still hanging about we decided to leave the rest of the route for another day when hopefully the conditions will be a little clearer.

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