Shipley Country Park - On The Hill
w/e 13 February 2022
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
It's twenty years this week
since the first images were uploaded to this site for the week
ending 17th February 2002. Since then there are not many places
locally that we have not visited to take photos for the site
and many of them have seen our presence on more than one occasion.
One such place of course is Shipley Country Park and that's where
we ended up one bright and sunny morning this week as we enjoyed
another wander up and down Shipley Hill.
We approached the hill from the Nutbrook Trail and started the
climb along Dog Kennel Lane.
As we neared the top of Dog Kennel Lane, Nottingham Lodge appeared
on the left.
We turned left at the end of Dog Kennel Lane to walk in front
of the Lodge and skirted the boundary into the wood, making our
way to the ha-ha wall.
Passing through the wood we reached the site of the former Shipley
Hall and crossed it to descend a little way via the zig-zag access
road to Beggars Walk.
The hillside here at Beggars Walk is covered with snowdrops at
the moment. A sign indicating the path used by poor people in
the past to visit the kitchens at the Hall for handout can be
seen at the foot of the tree on the right.
We doubled back from Beggars Walk to head towards Dog Kennel
Lane but took the path on the inside of the Suffragette Wall
into the grounds of the Hall. Between the wall and the path is
another surfeit of snowdrops.
And this is the obligatory close up of the flowers.
It was a lovely morning and had we been able to see through the
slight haze hanging over the fields below the Suffragette Wall,
we may have been able to see Osborne's Pond from here.
After making our way through the wood again and past Nottingham
Lodge we returned to Dog Kennel Lane, this time to go down the
We joined the Nutbrook Trail again to exit the park. The Trail
which stretches from Heanor to Long Eaton is another path we
have often walked in the last twenty years and will no doubt
feature again but if you'd like to know more about the Shipley
Country Park and the Hall site, let me point you to the Miller
Mundy Memories section of this site
but please be aware that was added in 2007 and part of the series
around Home Farm is now private property.