Cossall - The Other Side Of The Tracks
w/e 25 March 2007
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490


Mill Lane and CossallI had fully intended to devote this page to Ilkeston images but a fine afternoon tempted us to take a walk along the Nottingham Canal (or Top Cut) that lies between Ilkeston and Cossall Village. Seen here from the Erewash Canal bridge at Potter's Lock, our walk would take us across the River Erewash into Nottinghamshire, then over the green railway bridge to the other side of the tracks and up the hill towards Cossall (right) before turning left along the hedgerow in the middle distance that marks the contour line of the Nottingham Canal. Passing behind the hill on the left, our return would be via Ilkeston Junction.

We were not the only ones out enjoying the fine weather - there were several people in front plus an inquisitive dog and at this point on Mill Lane as we approached the Nottingham Canal, a crocodile of people with a Walking Group stretched out behind us. I wondered how many of them were aware of the stones of the Monk's Way that line the left hand side of the path at this point.
Nottingham Canal

At the intersection of the canal and Mill Lane we turned left to follow the towpath through what is now a nature reserve. There are paths on both sides of the canal but we chose to stay on the western side. The tree covered hill on the left was originally the slag heap at the former Cossall Colliery.
Canal Views

This series of images was captured at various points along the canal. The second from the left with the blue sky and fluffy white clouds reflected in the water shows the view across the canal to Cossall whilst the third makes it obvious if it wasn't already apparent, that the canal is no longer navigable as the path on the eastern side crosses to merge with the towpath on the west. Nearing Coronation Road, what water remains in the canal disappears into two large pipes and the path descends to a slightly lower level.


A feature of the walk in this area is the large amount of gorse to be seen on both sides of the path. The shrub can be killed by severe frosts but it has not been affected by this winter and should remain in flower until June. The plant is much appreciated by small birds as the sharp foliage provides some excellent cover for their nests.
Coronation Road

AqueductStepsCoronation Road is crossed by a footbridge at a lower level to the aqueduct carrying the water pipes (see left) and once across we descended the gorse lined steps (right) to road level. The industrial site that lines the left hand side of Coronation Road, as seen from the footbridge above, stands on the site of the former Cossall Colliery. It would seem that nowhere is safe from the vandals who daub graffiti and slogans on buildings as the blue and white paint on the industrial units show!
Chatterley House Hotel

On our way back towards Ilkeston Junction along Coronation Road and opposite the industrial units, we passed the old church school that has now found a new lease of life as a hotel and restaurant called Chatterley House Hotel after the area's connections to the author D. H. Lawrence, who was born in nearby Eastwood.

In fact as we re-crossed the tracks back to the Ilkeston side of the railway we could see the tower of the church at Eastwood some two or three miles distant beyond the Bennerley Viaduct. Also from this position overlooking the site of the former Ilkeston Junction Station - note the widening of the gap between the lines where the platform once stood - some new fencing stands out on either side of the railway. This marks the position where the new link road, work on which has now begun, from Awsworth and Cossall to Ilkeston will cross the railway. From here a few more steps put us back, excuse the pun, on the right side of the tracks and once we had crossed the River Erewash, we were back in Ilkeston and Derbyshire.

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