Walking For Health
Gallows Inn Walk - Part 02
w/e 23 November 2014
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Lower Market PlaceAnchor RowA few days after the first part of this walk we picked up the route again on the Market Place on a much brighter day. The mist had cleared, rain had come and gone and the sun even put in an appearance but before we had completed the walk, the sky had clouded over again. For late November though it was still quite mild as we made our way from the Market Place (left) along Anchor Row (right) to the Museum entrance.

Steps or Slope

From the entrance to the Erewash Museum, the Walking for Health route follows the slope down and around to pass under Chalons Way. Being the rebels we are, on this occasion we took the steps down instead.
Meeting Of The Routes

On the other side of Chalons Way the path down to 'Illy 'Oleys is crossed by another path which forms part of the circular route we followed in the first Walking for Health walk. We however continued straight on along the route of one of the first major projects we undertook on this site beginning in 2002 - the Ilkeston Town Walk.
'Illy 'Oleys

Since 2002 several trees on 'Illy 'Oleys had been felled, most recently probably the largest one on the park. It's always sad when such a magnificent specimen is removed from the landscape but thankfully some new young saplings have been planted for future generations to enjoy.
Cantelupe Road

FootpathMonks CloseLeaving the park (Chaucer Old Park to give it its official name) we crossed Cantelupe Road to continue past the Park Cemetery into Park Crescent, down the footpath (left) to Heathfield Avenue, Winchester Crescent and into Monks Close (right). This is not as far as it sounds through this residential area and by taking the track off Monks Way, we are soon in a more rural area at Potter's Lock.
Potter's Lock Bridge

At Potter's Lock we crossed over the bridge, turned right and followed the towpath along the Erewash Canal all the way to Gallows Inn Lock passing Green's Lock on the way.
Erewash Canal

It's always a surprise that it feels so rural along the canal and yet is so close to the urban streets of Ilkeston. The mainly residential properties of the Larklands area lie to the right on the other side of the canal and the railway line through the Erewash Valley is close to the left along of course with the River Erewash itself. These distractions though are easily ignored especially when the autumn colours are there to be enjoyed.
At Green's Lock

At Green's Lock we passed under the footbridge as the canal continues now with the Furnace Road Industrial Site on the left.

Approaching Erewash Square we spotted a number of swans on a bank across the canal.
Calling The Swans

Through a gate in the fence between the canal and the industrial estate several ladies appeared and one of them called out to the swans who waddled down the bank, jumped into the water and swam across to this near side.

Feeding The Birds

The ladies, who were apparently on their afternoon break from whatever work they were engaged in, threw food to the swans and one climbed out of the water to be hand fed. Even the approaching dog did not disturb the birds and they carried on with what appears to be their regular afternoon feed.
Gallows Inn

I could have chosen many more views along the canal to illustrate this walk but the autumn colours and feeding of the swans just shows that there is always something different to see on a familiar path.Gallows Inn LockNottingham Road

We no longer walk with the Monday Strollers, taking the dog out daily instead, but believe the Walking for Health route now terminates at the Gallows Inn for morning coffee. The original idea however was to pass under Nottingham Road at Gallows Inn Lock (left) and rise up on the other side (right) to catch a bus back to the town centre.

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