Walking For Health
The Elvaston Circuit - Part 01
w/e 12 April 2015
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

If there had been a leaflet for this route it could easily have been included in the Country Walks or even Family Walks section of the site. As there isn't a leaflet the Miscellaneous Walks section was an option but as it is only a touch over three miles in length along generally flat ground with no stiles, it fulfils the necessary requirements for a Health Walk and is in fact very similar to a route we followed with the Monday Strollers back in 2007. That walk was in drizzly conditions in April of that year but this time, again in April, we were fortunate enough to pick a warm sunny spring afternoon.

Between The Trees

We left the car park at Elvaston Castle Country Park and took a path between the trees alongside the road heading north towards Borrowash.

Bedford DriveThe B5010 The path leads to Bedford Drive (left) into the park but we turned right to the main road at Woodside (above). From there we turned left to continue northwards towards Borrowash along the B5010 (right). Just before the traffic lights controlling traffic flow across Borrowash Bridge over the River Derwent a farm track leads off to the left and next to this is a pedestrian and cycle path.
Cycle Path

The path is part of the National Cycle Path Route 6 and we followed this for about half a mile. The farm track is to the right of the hedge.
To The River

Approximately half way along our walk on this path, it swings round and rises slightly towards the river.

A flood bank separates the path from the river and a distinctive signpost points back to Long Eaton along the path and shows the Derby city centre is only four miles away in the other direction.
Concrete Bridge

As well as the pedestrian/cycle path swinging towards the river, the farm track does too and actually crosses the river via this concrete bridge to continue on its way to Home Farm.
Flood Bank

For the rest of the walk by the river I opted like many before me, to stay on the top of the flood bank which also meant I didn't have to be on the lookout for bikes coming up behind me!
Wind Turbines

Standing out on the skyline are two wind turbines that made the news when they were installed as they interfered with air traffic control at East Midlands Airport a few miles away. Presumably the problem has now been resolved as the blades on one of the turbines were turning in the breeze. Industrial buildings on the former Spondon Celanese site can also be seen in the distance.

The river along this stretch is actually a cut by-passing the Power Station site to the north. Electricity pylons carrying high voltage lines radiate from the site but much of the industrial landscape beyond the farmland on the other side of the river is obscured by the trees, currently in blossom, on the river bank.

The cut was dug to cross a loop in the meandering River Derwent, the natural route of which continues to the north from the weir. It's aim was to maintain a constant water depth for the industry to the north where it was used in the cooling process during the production of electricity at the Power Station. There were four concrete cooling towers at the Spondon A and H Power Stations but these were demolished in 1984 and the new Derwent Power Station was built on the same site.

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