Nottingham - Along The Banks Of The Trent
w/e 08 February 2004

This three mile walk follows a route along both sides of the River Trent as described in "100 Walks In Nottinghamshire" compiled by Malcolm Sales, first published in 1997 by The Crowood Press Ltd. I could have chosen many of the images captured during the walk to illustrate the points of interest and have included several "film strips" to complement the six main pictures I did select.


The walk starts on Main Street Wilford close to the Wilford Bridge. The bridge was closed to motorised traffic in 1974 and has been rebuilt for pedestrian and cycle traffic only. Embankments (picture 1.1) on each side of Main Street give us our first view of the bridge, whilst from the bridge itself (1.2) the grassy banks of Victoria Embankment can be seen on the northern bank of the Trent. Wilford Bridge was originally built in 1870 as a toll bridge and was owned and run by the Clifton family until 1969. A "Table of Tolls" (1.3) with charges ranging from one old penny for an ass to six pence for a stage coach can still be seen on the northern side of the bridge. A statue of the last male member of the Clifton family (main picture) stands by the bridge. Sir Robert Juckes Clifton, Bart. MP died at the age of 99 on May 30, 1869.

Victoria Embankment

The route now follows the northern bank of the river along the Victoria Embankment (2.1) for about a mile and a half. This part of the river is popular with anglers, canoeists and rowers as well as walkers. It is also popular with a large number of birds (2.2) who are well looked after and fed by the local populace. Looking away from the river across the road the city centre can be seen (2.3) and is only a fifteen minute walk away. In the same direction but only just over the road, are the many pitches (main picture) where amateur football teams have played for many years. It was here in the late 1960s and early 1970s in all weathers that I spent many happy hours with Ilkeston Electric FC. It was not only the team though that made the headlines as this newspaper cutting from January 14th 1969 shows.

Memorial Gardens

Back on the river side a suspension bridge again, like Wilford Bridge for pedestrians, crosses the Trent (3.1). Once passed, the better known Trent Bridge carrying one of the main arterial routes into the city, comes into view with the green copper roof of County Hall (3.2) prominent on the opposite bank. But closer to hand on the left are the Memorial Gardens (3.3). Designed as a tribute to those who fell in two World Wars and later in Korea, the gates (main picture) bear the inscription "Virtue Is Immortal".

Trent Bridge

As we approach Trent Bridge passing County Hall on the right (4.1) a number other familiar landmarks come into view including the floodlights of the City Ground, home of Nottingham Forest Football Club and the Rushcliffe Civic Centre (4.2). Just before passing under the bridge, the wall has been carved (4.3) with the high water marks of various floods since 1852, the latest being added after the flood of November 2000. A wooden bridge was built here over a thousand years ago and replaced in mediaeval times by a stone bridge and chapel. The present bridge (main picture) although extensively modified was constructed in 1870.

South Bank

It is here that we leave the north side of the river but not before looking across, with the anglers, into the City Ground (5.1). Crossing the bridge we can see the floodlights of Forest's neighbours, Notts County FC and also a sight that is quite unusual for a city - the sails of a windmill. Although blending into the sky in this thumbnail (5.2), I can assure you that Green's Mill at Sneinton is just to the left of the tree towards the right of the picture. We now cross under the bridge again (5.3) where there are still parts of the mediaeval bridge, to commence the return journey via the river bank on the south side (main picture).

River Trent

Once more passing the suspension bridge (6.1) the footpath leads to an alleyway behind some properties where views of the river are lost before emerging onto an embankment (main picture). As the river turns northwards, the path continues to the west passing a pond well known for its wild life (6.2) before reaching the Ferry Inn (6.3) back on Main Street at Wilford. From here it is just a short walk northwards to Wilford Bridge and our starting point.

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