Trowell - Over The Boundary - Part 02
w/e 22 March 2020
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

The second and concluding part of this walk returns us from Trowell to the River Erewash and the boundary between Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Canal Bridge

We pick up the route again at the brow of the hill on Nottingham Road in Trowell at the bridge over the former Nottingham Canal which is now a Nature Reserve. The road ahead drops down to pass under the motorway bridge before rising again to Trowell Moor and on to Nottingham but it's here that we turned left to head back to Ilkeston.

Nature Reserve

From the bridge it can be seen that much of the old canal that forms the Nature Reserve has now disappeared under the gardens of the adjacent properties.

The path continues behind the houses on Hill Rise where there is only occasional brightness in the form of forsythia flowering over the fence.

After reaching the end of Hill Rise the path splits to pass either side of the former canal and information is provided on the board about "Grasslands for Wildlife".
Former Canal

After about a quarter of a mile the two paths come together again to continue along the route of the canal but it is not difficult on this section to imagine the grass to be replaced by water with working narrow boats slowly transporting coal and iron among other goods along it.

Shortly afterwards a signpost on the left indicates a path down to Stoney Lane whilst the canal path continues ahead towards Cossall Village with Grange Wood on the right.
Downhill Path

We turned left to follow the path at the side of the fence downhill to Stoney Lane.

Stoney Lane is a private road leading from Ilkeston Road (to the left) alongside the railway lines and being the access road to Meadow Farm. Crossing Stoney Lane however, the path leads to the footbridge over the railway.
Station Site

From the footbridge we can once again see the former Trowell Station site and also the reconstructed road bridge we crossed on the outward leg of this walk.
Two Counties

And dropping down from the footbridge it's only a short walk along the path to reach the River Erewash denoted by the line of trees, and the boundary between the two counties.
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