Bridle Road sign
Cossall - Scenes From A Bridle Road
w/e 25 September 2005
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

When I was last walking near Cossall, the sun was shining and the sky was blue but there was also a frost covering the ground. That was back in January and then I walked along the Robbinetts Arm of the disused Nottingham Canal. This time when I returned to where the road between Cossall and Trowell crosses the canal, the sky was still blue but there was much more warmth in the sun's rays as I followed a Bridle Road in the direction of Trowell.


Bridle "Road" is something of a misnomer as it is little more than a footpath across the farmland between Ilkeston and Nottingham. Cutting a level ribbon through the undulating landscape much like the canals of old, is the M1 Motorway and the constant drone of the traffic invades the surrounding countryside. The trees on the left of the picture are those of Oldmoor Wood near Strelley.

It is only about a mile from the start of the bridleway to where it passes underneath the motorway and this view is looking back across the farmland from about half way along. The distant houses are those on the edge of Cossall. The path follows a hedge and tree line and to the left of the view on the other side of the path there used to be a lot more trees in the area known as Shortwood. I remember Shortwood from my school days but now most of the trees have disappeared to be replaced by ploughed fields. The name lives on in Shortwood Farm.

Near the motorway, the path widens into a track and runs parallel with it before turning to pass underneath and on to Trowell. Despite the peaceful appearance it was very noisy here as lorries trundled along the tarmac only twenty yards or so to the right.

This rusty gate is at the point where the track turns to pass under the motorway and also marked the limit of my walk on this occasion as I turned here to retrace my steps back to Cossall. Towards the right of the picture traffic can be seen on the motorway, while white bales in the distant green fields are nearer the centre and peeping above Oldmoor Wood to the left of centre is the mast of the UHF Relay Station at Swingate.

By this time I had become accustomed to the noise and had managed to block it out so on the return journey I was able to pick out the bird song and see things I had missed on the outward leg. This tree for example was just one of several that would provide shelter for weary travellers on days when the hot sun beat down. And the hot sun had been beating down this summer as hoof marks were baked into the solid earth along the path not to mention numerous heaps of sun-dried rose fertiliser!

Almost back at my starting point, here is one more "Scene From A Bridle Road" - a zoomed shot over the Robbinetts Arm to another farm. For a closer look at what can be "Seen On A Bridle Road" I've created an album at Flickr of another ten images captured on this walk. Click here to view.

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