Wollaton Park - Along The Edge Of The Golf Course
w/e 26 January 2003

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 lake.

Straight On

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.
Dried-Up Moat

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.
Could This Be A Birdie?
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.
Walled Garden

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.
Down The Hill

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.
Feed The Birds

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.

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