Green's LockPotter's Lock
Lock to Lock
Ilkeston - Green's to Potter's
w/e 31 May 2009
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

All of the distances between the "Locks on the Erewash Canal" are obviously not of equal length and this third section on the northward route from Hallam Fields towards Cotmanhay is one of the shorter sections.

Two Paths

It is also the only section passing Ilkeston where it is possible to follow a path on both sides of the canal in its entirety from one lock to the next. At Green's Lock the path on the western side of the canal has been formed by footsteps treading alongside the overflow channel and can be a little tortuous at times so it is probably advisable to remain on the better surfaced towpath on the eastern side of the canal.
Canal and Railway

We noted in the previous section from Gallows Inn to Green's Lock that the railway had crossed the River Erewash to form a triangular piece of land on which the Furnace Road Industrial Estate had developed but now the railway lines and canal come very close together squeezing out any further progress northwards of Furnace Road.
Sudbury Avenue

On the opposite side of the canal the other footpath is now much easier to walk along than the initial scramble at Green's Lock and there are several access points to it from streets in the Larklands area of Ilkeston. This image captured at the same position of the previous one of the canal and the railway shows Sudbury Avenue.
Larklands Play Area

Another access point to the path is via the Larklands Play Area off Heathfield Avenue but previous experience has taught me that the place where the people opposite are walking can become waterlogged in wet weather - another good reason to remain on the eastern towpath.
Towards Cossall

And back on that eastern side opposite the Play Area is a barrier and gate across the towpath. The reason for it escapes me unless it was a futile effort to stop cyclists but it does mean there is a break in the hedgerow that allows a view in the direction of Cossall Village. The hedge running up the hill marks the position of Mill Lane, a bridle road we followed during the Monk's Way series whilst the hedge running across the hillside follows the line of the Nottingham Canal. We can also see here a track crossing the railway which only leads to a farm and is not for use by the general public.
Mill Lane

Erewash CanalJust before the end of this section (left) the Erewash meanders its way back under the railway line to run alongside the canal and here we have the meeting of the ways. A path has been forged through the hedgerow from the towpath to join the farm track running to the right and Mill Lane running ahead over the stone walled bridge across the river. In the distance the monstrous footbridge over the railway is now becoming less obtrusive blending in with the surrounding greenery. The mill that once gave its name to Ilkeston Mill Lock (now Potter's Lock after the owner of a former farm that also stood nearby) was to the right by the river.
Potter's Lock Bridge

But our route is to continue along the towpath to the bridge at Potter's Lock. The overflow channel is on the left as is the Larklands Play Area with the houses on Heathfield Avenue also visible on the left.
Alternative End

Crossing the bridge we can look back to where the alternative route from Green's Lock joins the main path which leads up to Monks Way in Ilkeston. It is now possible to continue along this side of the canal from Potter's Lock as far as Station Road but when we return in Part 4 we shall continue on the eastern side passing under Station Road and onwards to Barker's Lock. In fact there is a strong possibility that the next part may well stretch to two parts as whilst this section has been one of the shortest, the next is perhaps the longest.

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