Shipley Country Park - Post Lockdown - Part 01
w/e 18 April 2021
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

With the easing of lockdown and the relaxation of the rule to stay at home, we were able once again to take a walk in Shipley Country Park - and what a joy it was too. It's almost seven months since we were last there so a wander around in the open air and the spring weather was such a welcome treat.

The Approach

The last time we were in the park we walked from the Visitor Centre through the site of the
Young People's Forest and John Wood to Mapperley Reservoir before returning over Shipley Hill and the Cinderhill Coppice (link). This time we set off in the opposite direction and headed down the hill to approach Osborne's Pond.
Feeding Area

The path leads to what has become a popular feeding area for all the waterfowl that live on the pond.

Mallard Chicks

And there were a lot of hungry mouths to feed as there were about two dozen bundles of fluff at the water's edge. They were mallard chicks.
The Climb

We left the pond and climbed up the path towards Cinderhill Coppice.
Cinderhill Coppice

At the top of the hill the entrance to the Coppice was on the right - that was the way we went on our last walk through the park in September 2020.
To Shipley Hill

This time we turned left and followed the same path we had walked then but this time in the opposite direction towards Shipley Hill, seen here in the distance.

A number of benches along this path afford good viewing points over the park, this one looking back over Marlpool and Heanor.

We continued on and dropped down the hill to Shipley Lane.
Derby Lodge

A right turn took us along Shipley Lane across Bell Lane on the right to Derby Lodge.
Lodge Garden

Walking through the garden at Derby Lodge we approached the bank of Beggar's Walk which was brightly coloured in the Spring sunshine with the yellow of hundred's of daffodils. A few weeks from now the yellow will be replaced here when the area will be awash with bluebells.
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