Shipley Country Park
- The Shipley Shuffle Sponsored Walk
w/e 13 October
With my wife Sandra and cousin Angela, together with about forty
other people, I took part in a sponsored walk today in aid of
the British Heart Foundation. First job of the day was to register
(main picture) and the organisers were still there to greet us
on our return (bottom right). Oh and the British Heart Teddy
Conditions underfoot were generally good although the rain of
the previous day meant that some muddy patches had to be negotiated.
The hill in the distance, the site of Shipley Hall, was our first
Following the blue arrows of the five mile walk, the route took
us by Derby Lodge and a little further on the parting of the
ways took place as the ten mile route marked by the yellow arrows
took the lower track on the left.
Our route rose to the top of the hill and followed woodland paths
that formed probably the prettiest section of the walk especially
with the autumn colours adding another dimension.
At the far side of the wood, the view overlooked the American
Adventure Theme Park and after circumnavigating the park, we
passed the pillared entrance before reaching the last leg of
Following a narrow lane (inset left) we soon joined the Nutbrook
Trail that led back to our starting point at the Visitor Centre
(inset right). The Nutbrook Trail is a nine mile traffic free
path between Shipley Country Park and Long Eaton. Now all that
remains is to collect the sponsorship money which thanks to the
generosity of my family, friends and work colleagues should be
close to £200*. The total raised by the event should be
in excess of £2500.
*Following a donation from my employers this total has now doubled.