The Top Cut Loop - Part 02
w/e 15 November 2020
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Two Paths

As we continued along the Top Cut two well worn paths became apparent, a narrow one on the left near where the towpath would have been and a wider one where the water in the canal would have been.

Gaps in the hedgerow to the left provided more opportunities to look across the Erewash Valley but a single tree still in full leaf also made a good focal point.
Pond No. 1

The two paths diverged to pass either side of some water that still remains in the canal and the sign indicated this was "Nottingham Canal Cossall Car Park Pond 1".

After the pond the paths are separated by a mound of earth and at one point a bench has been installed on top of the mound to provide a good viewing place.
Approaching Car Park

Still separated by the mound, both paths now approach and come together at the Cossall Road Car Park.

After the car park the towpath continues to the left of the canal which is now obscured by reeds and rushes. It was here though that the hedgerow on the left was absolutely full of berries.

A crossing point over the disused canal leads to another small car park in a lay by off Cossall Road.

There is actually water in the canal now but about two thirds of it is still full of rushes and reeds. On the far bank however there were two swans and seven cygnets.
Tormentil Field

The canal now loops round keeping at the same level but there is a short cut across Tormentil Field which was a popular 19/20th century picnic and beauty spot until outcropping took place.

Dead Tree

We continued the long way round rather than taking the short cut and with more water appearing it began to resemble more of what you would expect a canal to look like but the presence of water had done little to sustain a dead tree on the other side.
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