Shipley Country Park
- The Cinderhill Trail
w/e 07 April
Shipley Country Park lies midway
between Ilkeston and Heanor with a Visitor Centre in the north-western
corner. The centre lies in a hollow and is surrounded by shrubs
and bushes so it is not intrusive into the landscape. Many paths
and trails radiate from the centre to all corners of the park
and a touch of colour is added to this path by the spring flowers.
There are many and varied walks
that the able bodied can enjoy in Shipley Country Park with a
variety of scenery from open parkland to wooded trails. This
path from near the Visitor Centre leads to "The Trim
Trail". The more energetic will find various structures
reminiscent of gymnastic apparatus (parallel bars, beams, etc)
at regular intervals around the trail where they can perform
various exercises. As if walking round the park wasn't enough!
For the disabled visitor, access
has been limited to the areas close to the car parks. Now Derbyshire
County Council has opened a new area of the park that was originally
fenced off and constructed an "access for all" path
called "The Cinderhill Trail".
The circular trail is generally
level although as this picture shows there are some slight inclines
on the path as it zig-zags between the trees.
At several points around the
trail, opportunities exist for some fine views over the park
and more interest is added with a series of wooden scultures.
This one resembles a giant spider basking at the edge of the
"If you go down in the
woods today, you're sure of a big surpise" is the opening
line to the song about a picnic for teddy bears but in Shipley
Park you are more likely to encounter alien type creatures!