Wollaton Park - Along
The Edge Of The Golf Course
w/e 26 January
Wollaton Village has long since been swallowed up
into what is now the conurbation of Nottingham but it lies only
five or six miles from Ilkeston and is well known for its deer
park and Hall. During this visit we followed the route (mostly)
as described in Malcolm Sales' compilation of "100 Walks
In Nottinghamshire" published by the Crowood Press. We skirted
round the Hall and enjoyed a walk through the park, around the
lake and into the village before returning to the park. This
first stage takes us along the edge of the golf course to the
From the car park just inside the main entrance to the park,
it was straight on along this tree lined path. The golf course
soon appeared on the left and the view across it was to the distant
tall buildings in Nottingham's city centre. It was also possible
to make out the outline of the Castle while up the hill to the
right stood Wollaton Hall.
Keeping the golf course on the left, the route turns right ,
then left to rise up towards the Hall and then follows the dried-up
moat by the walled garden of the Hall.
As we made our way towards the water fowl on the lake, these
golfers on the green that is nearest to the Hall, were looking
for a birdie of a different kind.
With our backs to the golf course, we could look across the moat
and into the gardens. A glimpse of one of the turrets on the
Hall was visible from here along with some of the more exotic
plants in the garden. But much closer on the bank in the bottom
left hand corner of this picture, early growth of some spring
flowers could be seen.
We departed from the route and instead of heading down another
tree lined path to the southern shore of the lake, we went straight
down the hill to the north eastern corner. Looking back gave
us a good view of the western elevation of the Hall.
This corner of the lake is a very popular spot with the many
people who visit the park to feed the birds. Armed with a bag
of corn we were no exception and spent some time here before
moving on to continue the walk
around the perimeter of the lake.