Ilkeston Cam on Holiday in ....
Uploaded w/e 09 October
All of this week's
pictures were taken with a Nikon D3300
Day Two - On Peasholm Island
We'd decided on a relaxing
afternoon in Peasholm Park and had found a quiet spot to sit
and watch the world go by. But my itchy feet soon got the better
of me and I walked all the way around the lake.
Reaching where we had first entered the park I carried on again
along the same path towards that quiet spot but this time I paused
at the footbridge over the lake to Peasholm Island.
Not only did I pause at the bridge but decided to cross it too.
The scene on the famous willow pattern plate had originally been
the inspiration for the design of Peasholm Park but the blue
and white colouring of the plate has been replaced by yellow
I walked around the lake in a clockwise direction along wide
paths and once on the island I continued in a clockwise direction
but the path was much narrower, and was bounded in places by
red and yellow fences.
Across the water I could see people sitting on the terracing
we had walked past earlier. This is where many people sit to
watch the boats in the Naval Warfare Battles that are staged
three times a week during the summer. The flower filled boat
is not one of them.
I carried on to the waterfall that cascades down from the top
of the island.
And looking up I could see the pagoda that sits at the top. There
are paths leading up to the pagoda but that was not something
I intended doing this time.
I carried on around the island and saw at close quarters the
model of the wharf that features in the battle re-enactments.
There are actually two islands in the lake and they are separated
by a channel which is where the boats used in the battles are
moored. I can't help feeling it must be quite claustrophobic
for the people who are encased in them during the performances.
I think they were once described as "floating coffins".
The path continues around the foot of the island and the lake
narrows to become more river or canal-like as the dragon boats
sedately float past. A picnic area was only being used by a large
Eventually I reached the bridge again and
crossed it to resume the walk around the lake to return to the
quiet spot and spend a little more time sitting and relaxing.
The sign on the bridge advises all boats to pass under the centre
arch but I wondered how many dragons have crashed into the bridge.
After our afternoon in Peasholm Park and much later on in the
day, we had a run out to the cliff top above the South Bay as
the sun was setting over Scarborough - a prelude to a lovely
third day still to come.
If you would like to learn more about Peasholm Park, there's