Shipley Linear - Part 01
w/e 09 January 2022
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
This is a Monday Strollers'
Walking For Health route that begins, like many of their other
routes, at the Victoria Park Leisure Centre. The route takes
the exit from the car park into Manor Road and the a right into
Heading into the Manners Avenue Industrial Site, the route takes
another right at the Recycling Centre before reaching the main
part of the industrial area.
And then a left through a squeeze stile leads onto a footpath
between the industrial units.
The footpath continues behind the units but after a short distance
another path to the right follows the boundary of a plot of land
that for many years has looked ready for development. That development
now seems to be underway.
The path follows the boundary of the plot and eventually runs
behind houses on Peveril Drive on the Bowes Well Road Estate
to reach the Manners Avenue Playing Fields. Here there is not
only a play area for children but also a skateboard park, football
pitches and the Abbotsford Community Centre.
Leaving the recreation ground via the vehicular entrance leads
to the Shipley View estate and Summerfields Way South.
The route now runs along the whole length of Kedlestone Drive
to Shipley Common Lane. This is the view along Kedlestone Drive
from close to its junction with Summerfields Way South.
And this is the view near the northern end of Kedlestone Drive
which is about five or six hundred yards away.
Turning right at Shipley Common Lane and then left means the
route has now reached Heanor Road near the Ilkeston Community
The Monday Strollers when we walked with them several years ago,
used to follow an unmade path through the trees into Shipley
Wood and walkers were always advised to take care as the path
was uneven and exposed trees roots were a hazard. Given that
there had been recent rainfall before we started this walk we
knew that the ground in the wood would also be wet and be another
hazard so we decided to continue along Heanor Road to the vehicular
entrance to the wood..
That entrance is opposite the end of Church Street and although
this is the vehicular entrance it is for residents only so vehicles
are few and far between. Having said that we met one as soon
as we turned into the wood but saw no more until after we had
exited to the former American Adventure Theme Park.
Forward to Part 02
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