Teversal - On The Trail
w/e 26 February 2006
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Teversal Coal Garden

Another ride out northwards from Ilkeston recently took us about 15 miles to Teversal where we parked at the Visitors Centre which is a good access point to the Teversal Trails. Close by on a grassy area near the start of the trails a 'Coal Garden' has been constructed containing a number of artifacts from the former coal mining industry that was so important in the East Midlands. The garden is dedicated to the industry as a reminder of the many lives that were lost in the area's pits. As well as the winding wheel and methane gas pump seen above, there are also various coal tubs and wagons and a representation of a drift mine.
Tree-Lined Path

The trails actually follow the route of some old railway lines that were closely associated with the mining industry. There are several trails in the area but not all are suitable for pushchair or wheelchair access. The one we chose to follow along this tree-lined path is known as the Easy Access Trail and although it is level with only a couple of large kissing gates to negotiate, recent rainfall had left the top covered with a thin layer of cloying mud, decaying leaves plus a little old coal dust.

It is easy to imagine even now steam engines hauling wagons laden with coal along here as the trail passes under an old bridge and through a cutting.

To maintain the level aspect of the trail, the cutting is soon replaced by an embankment where it looks as though some of the old railway sleepers have been used to make a flight of steps at another access point. This one though is obviously not suitable for those wheeled conveyances.
Skegby Track

Information BoardAfter about a mile walking eastwards, another information board (left) shows the network of footpaths and trails and the Easy Access route turns north along the Skegby Track for approximately another mile. Walkers coming in the opposite direction warned us of very muddy conditions ahead so we called a halt to our outward walk here and retraced our steps back to the Visitors Centre. The Centre is manned on a regular basis by volunteer workers who not only serve refreshments but are also on hand to advise about the network of paths.
Surrounding Countryside

It was perhaps not the best time of year to be walking along the Teversal Trails but it is a very popular area and we did meet a goodly number of people, many of them exercising their dogs. The absence of leaves though did enable some views of the surrounding countryside through the trees that maybe would not be visible in the summer months.

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