Shipley Country Park - Visitor Centre Car Park
w/e 09 January 2011
All this week's pictures were taken
with a Kodak DX6490
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.
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
There were some people in the park though like this couple risking
the path towards the trail around the Cinderhill Coppice and
Two cyclists opted for the safer tarmac path to the Visitor Centre
and probably headed for a warming drink in the cafe there.
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.
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.