Walking For Health
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 Manners Avenue.

Manners Avenue

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.
Development Plot

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.
Play Area

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.
Summerfields Way South

Leaving the recreation ground via the vehicular entrance leads to the Shipley View estate and Summerfields Way South.
Kedlestone Drive 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.
Kedlestone Drive North

And this is the view near the northern end of Kedlestone Drive which is about five or six hundred yards away.
Heanor Road

Turning right at Shipley Common Lane and then left means the route has now reached Heanor Road near the Ilkeston Community Hospital.
Hospital Entrance

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..

Shipley Wood Entrance

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.
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