Potter's Loop - Part 02
w/e 09 February 2020
All of this week's pictures were
taken with a Kodak DX6490
This second part of the Potter's Loop walk completes
the circuit back to the Victoria Park Leisure Centre.
After crossing the canal bridge at Potter's Lock this walk and
the Gallows Inn Linear diverge to go their separate ways with
the former turning right to walk past the lock and continue along
the towpath northwards.
The next half mile (and a little more) is along the towpath of
the Erewash Canal, first as it wends its way alongside the River
Erewash a few feet below to the right.
It then straightens out to the Station Road bridge with the Gordon
Street Playing fields (commonly known as The Ashes) on the other
side of the canal.
As I walked along here on the Saturday morning there were sounds
coming from The Ashes where it appeared a football match was
being played but I couldn't see much of it due to the high bank
on the other side and a line of spectators on the edge of the
Now while this walk starts by following the same route as the
Gallows Inn Linear, it concludes by joining the Parks and Water walk back to the Leisure
Centre. This means that after the road bridge and access point
to the canal at Station Road, the canal sweeps around another
bend passing another playing field at Wash Meadow on the other
side. I left the towpath and crossed the canal bridge that is
just visible on the right of this picture.
After walking across Johnny's - the name by which the playing
field has been known for many years before its new monicker of
Wash Meadow was even thought of - I headed for the exit in the
diagonally opposite corner to the canal bridge.
Then by a series of paths, car parks and alleys made my way between
the Critchley Street flats and the Tesco store to Chalons Way.
It's then just a short walk to the pedestrian crossing at the
northern end of Chalons Way.
After crossing the road I continued along Brussells Terrace and
Bath Street to Manners Road.
It was then a matter of climbing the hill past the Dunelm car
park which occupies the site of the former Manor Ground, home
of Ilkeston Town FC before it moved to the New Manor Ground,
to reach the Victoria Park Leisure Centre again to mark the end
of another Walking For Health route.
Back to Part 01
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