Wollaton Park - Circumnavigating
w/e 02 February
After feeding the birds we walked down the western
edge of the lake to rejoin one of Malcolm Sales' "100 Walks
In Nottinghamshire", a compilation published by the Crowood
The winter sunshine was streaming down across the lake but here
on the southern bank, the path passed into a shaded area. Obviously
the conditions here are ideal for the reeds, rushes and grasses
at the water's edge.
Following the line of the lake the path is lined on both sides
with rhododendron bushes. Although looking fairly drab at this
time of year, I bet this avenue is a riot of colour when the
plants are in flower.
There are some good views across the lake between the bushes
but none better than from the top of a disused boat house, which
also brings the Hall into play.
We turned to walk up the western side of the lake but a look
back at the boat house shows the path over the top. Obviously
no longer in use as originally intended it does still provide
shelter for those walkers and anglers caught in inclement weather.
The route up this western side moves a little further away from
the lakeside and passes through Thompson's Wood before emerging
at the northern end of the lake from where we had started our
circumnavigation just a little earlier.
This was where we once again left Malcolm Sales' route but this
time quite unintentionally. From the directions given: "....
reach a brick bridge across a ditch. .... turn left ... follow
a path through a wooden gate ...." Well we did all that
but made the mistake of crossing the bridge before turning left
whereas we should have turned left before the bridge! But then
we probably would not have seen the stags before heading
off to the village.