The Three Parishes Walk - Part 01
w/e 26 January 2014
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

At this time of year, there are many dull, dark, dismal and, let's face it, depressing days but there are also those bright and sunny days that just cry out for you to be in the great outdoors. The day I took this walk through the three parishes of West Hallam, Mapperley and Shipley was one of those when it was just a joy to be out and about. For an hour or so I was able to forget about the cares of the world and found the walk to be very therapeutic.

I have often thought when walking in Shipley Country Park that it would be good to walk through Mapperley Village to the High Lane at West Hallam and catch a bus from there back into Ilkeston. With the car usually parked at the Shipley end however, I have never actually executed that plan. When I decided to undertake this "Three Parishes" walk though, I decided it would be better to start at the West Hallam end with the low-in-the-sky sun on my back so I caught the Derby bus to the Mapperley crossroads.

Mapperley Crossroads

I alighted at the Bottle Kiln bus stop just beyond the crossroads and walked back towards Ilkeston to capture this image on High Lane Central to show the crossroads and also to include the West Hallam Village sign.
Mapperley Lane

Turning right I walked down Mapperley Lane and left the West Hallam parish to enter Mapperley at the marker post in the hedgerow which is also where Mapperley Brook crosses under the road. Smoke drifting across from the right added to the already misty atmosphere on the cold and frosty morning.
Under The Bridge

The lane passes under the old railway bridge and the footpath that leads to Mapperley Castle (see The Whittlestone Walk) is on the left on the other side of the bridge. I walked past that path on this occasion and continued up the hill into Mapperley Village.
Lych Gate

One of the first buildings in the village is the church which dates from the mid 1960s when it replaced the former church that had to be demolished due to mining subsidence. The Lych Gate however is older than that being dedicated as Mapperley's War Memorial in 1922. (For much more about the village including an old photo of the dedication ceremony, I'd recommend Elaine Sarson's excellent site at
The Village

I continued straight on at the crossroads in the village passing the building on the corner of Main Street that used to be the Post Office and then by the former Wesley Methodist Chapel that has been converted into a residential building, the Primary School and the Lodge Houses to follow Shipley Lane towards the trees seen here in the distance in the Country Park.
Shipley Lane

Shipley Lane first of all drops down to run alongside Mapperley Reservoir seen here on the left.
Footpath Only

A sign on the Mapperley side of the reservoir says "Footpath Only" and this is a route we have often walked right round the water to a similar sign on the Shipley side.
Mapperley Reservoir

I continued along Shipley Lane by the reservoir which was created in 1820 as a feeder for the Nutbrook Canal that served local collieries at Shipley and West Hallam.
Overflow Channel

About halfway along I crossed over the lane to look into the Nature Reserve, a place we have visited previously but that was in May 2005 when the trees were in full leaf and there was also a dense undergrowth. A number of small birds and squirrels scuttled away as I approached and I am not sure which of us was more startled. Looking into the reserve the absence of the leaves meant the the overflow channel from the reservoir was clearly visible.
Still Waters

Returning to the reservoir side it seemed almost possible to "taste" the silence in the still frosty air and it was not only the air that was still as this reflection of the trees in the still waters of the reservoir shows.
Forward to Part 02

This point by the reservoir marks the end of the first mile of the walk and the route continues in Part 02 but to see an aerial view of the whole route click here.

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