Cossall - The "Melting Pot" Walk
w/e 08 December 2013
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

In late 1969 Blue Mink entered the charts with a song called Melting Pot which suggested taking a pinch of white man and wrapping him up in black skin, adding a little bit of Red Indian boy and mixing with yellow Chinkees among other things that today would probably be considered not quite politically correct. The result after combing all these characteristics would be to turn out coffee coloured people by the score. Why I mention that is because this walk is a little like that. I've taken a pinch of the Monk's Way, mixed it with a bit of the Dragonfly Trail, added a touch of the Cossall and Strelley Circular and sprinkled it with other local walks to come up with this linear walk from the county boundary to Cossall Marsh.

Two Bridges

We left the Larklands area of Ilkeston at Potter's Lock crossing the River Erewash and the county boundary to follow the path through the trees to the railway line. At one time of day there was a cast iron footbridge over the railway and also gates either side that allowed pedestrians to cross the tracks but both have now gone and the only way across is via the new green bridge seen on the left of the image above.
Mill Lane
The path from the bridge up to Cossall is called Mill Lane after a mill that stood by the Erewash and seen here from the railway bridge it is delineated by the trees up to the Nottingham Canal which is running along the 60m above sea level contour.
Up To The Canal

As Mill Lane nears the canal the slope gets a little steeper and it is understandable why a Walking For Health group we once walked with tended to walk in the opposite direction from Cossall to Ilkeston!
Above The Canal

Above the canal Mill Lane continues to rise gently but here it feels more enclosed with a greater number of trees on both sides.

Where the path turns slightly to the right and levels out, a stile and a kissing gate give access to a footpath across a field on the left. We chose the shorter route across the field.
Field Path

The field has been divided by post and wire fences into a number of smaller paddocks which, when we passed, were occupied by horses.
Cossall Corner

The path emerges at one of the sharp corners that are a feature of the centre of Cossall Village. Turning right would have taken us through the village past the church and back to Mill Lane but we turned left to follow the road down to Cossall Marsh.
Horse Rider

The road through the village is often very busy with vehicular traffic but we hadn't gone very far when a horse and rider came out of an entrance to cross the road during a break in the traffic.
Church Lane

We continued down the hill, which is Church Lane towards Cossall Marsh.
Cossall Marsh

At the area known as Cossall Marsh is a T-junction with the road off to the right leading to Awsworth and to the left back to Ilkeston. The land on the corner on the left has been landscaped to form Millennium Park but I remember from the 1950s or 60s when motor cycle scrambling took place there, I often use to see it from the bus window when visiting relatives at Kimberley on Sunday afternoons but at the end of this walk we waited just around the corner for the bus to take us back home.

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