Shipley Country Park - Visitor Centre Car Park
w/e 09 January 2011
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Mining Monument

After the build up to Christmas and the New Year, the first full week of January was one full of dark, dismal days that included some sleet and snow towards the weekend but there was one bright period and we made a fleeting visit to Shipley Country Park. A half winding wheel stands as a monument to the colliery that formerly stood here but reading the information board that details the history of the coal mining industry was impossible as it was still ice covered.
Wide Open Space

In fact ice covered many of the paths in the park and with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark, where the ice had melted the resulting mud surface was equally hazardous so all of these images were captured around the Visitor Centre car park. In better weather this wide open space just off the car park can be full of families playing ball games, throwing frisbees, flying kites, having a picnic or just enjoying being outdoors but today it was almost deserted.
To Cinderhill Coppice

There were some people in the park though like this couple risking the path towards the trail around the Cinderhill Coppice and Osborne's Pond.

Two cyclists opted for the safer tarmac path to the Visitor Centre and probably headed for a warming drink in the cafe there.
Dog Walker

They were soon followed by a pedestrian leading a plodding dog that looked as though it wished it could be anywhere else but out in the cold.
Equine Transpor

And the rider of another four legged friend made sure her horse was well wrapped up before manoeuvring it into the box to be transported home after the trek around the park.

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