Wollaton - A Linear Route
w/e 26 January 2020
All of this week's pictures were
taken with a Kodak DX6490
It's January and that means we are due to make our
usual trip to Wollaton for a walk through the Deer Park. This
year, and whether you believe in global warming or climate change
or not, we reduced our carbon footprint by using public transport
instead of taking the car.
We took the bus to Doctors Corner. I'm sure there should be an
apostrophe in there somewhere but not sure whether it was one
doctor or more. The former surgery on the corner is now a day
nursery. I don't know when I first heard this road junction called
Doctors Corner but it seems it is common knowledge and everyone
still calls it that. We crossed Russell Drive which has bypassed
the old village since the 1930s using the pedestrian crossing
on the left of the picture above and followed Wollaton Road on
In the centre of the village the Admiral Rodney pub stands opposite
Bramcote Lane with St Leonard's Church just beyond.
We continued along Wollaton Road past the church and rounded
the corner to reach the park.
A heavy wooden gate gave us access to the park and a pedestrian
walkway. After passing the first tree we turned left to walk
along another footpath to reach the vehicular access which leads
up to the Hall.
Walking along the vehicular route we could only get glimpses
of the Hall through the tree branches and the morning mist.
There used to be a football pitch on the left of the road which
I remember from my refereeing days many a long year ago, but
part of the area is now used as an adventure playground although
there is probably still enough room for a pitch.
Crossing the car park, a right turn took us to a long straight
Along here gave us a better view of the Hall and its hilltop
position but a visit was not on the itinerary today.
Instead we turned left to walk down Digby Avenue with the private
golf course on the right.
This would lead us out of the park again and to a bus stop for
the return journey home but on the way there were many trees
that have stood in the park for a great deal of time. Many are
worthy of closer inspection but I was struck by the gnarled branches
of this one in particular that I thought, for no other reason,
was worth recording with a photo.