Walking For Health
The Elvaston Circuit - Part 02
w/e 19 April 2015
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Winding Path

WeirSignpostAs we continued our walk around and through the Country Park at Elvaston Castle, we turned away from the weir (left) on the River Derwent, leaving the cycle and pedestrian path that leads to Derby and followed instead the path indicated by the sign post leading southwards (right) to Elvaston. The path turns one way then the other and leads to the trees seen between the pylons (above).

Turning again and continuing in a generally southerly direction the path runs alongside the trees which provided a little welcome shade on this unusually warm early spring afternoon.
Water Course

The other side of the path is flanked by a small water course.
To Elvaston

Gentle RiseSignposted PathAs we neared the end of the trees, the path rises very gently (left) to reach a crossroads in the paths where another signpost (right) points to the centre of the park. Our route made a detour though turning right to pass the white block seen in the distance in the tree line. I was puzzled by what that block was when I looked at this image but now believe it to be sight screens at the cricket ground.
Making Friends

A little further along a paddock on the left contained a few horses and one of them seemed intent on making friends with anyone passing and found three young children willing accomplices.
Left Or Right

After the paddock, the path splits with the left fork going directly towards the buildings in the centre of the park and the right taking a more circuitous route. We went right.

With the cricket ground across a ditch to the left our detour took us to the gate onto an access road.
Cricket Ground

Trees obscured clear views of the cricket ground from the path but once on the access road the views were much better and revealed one busy gentlemen with a hand operated mower (and his dog) hard at work preparing the pitch for the coming season.
Mowing The Grass

Another gentleman a little further along the road seemed to have an easier task as his mower enabled him to sit down on the job as he tended to the grounds in the park.
Golden Gates

A bend in the road took us to the famous (even though they are painted blue) Golden Gates. The gates have stood at Elvaston since 1819 after their arrival from Versailles where Napoleon Bonaparte had moved them from Spain. They were painted blue about 1850 and have remained that colour ever since but still retained their original name. In the final part of this walk we turned through the gates and headed into the centre of the park before carrying on to the car park again.
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