No. 04 - Quarry Hill Road
w/e 24 November 2019
All of this week's pictures were
taken with a Kodak DX6490
Although this fourth route into Ilkeston in the First
Impressions series is titled Quarry Hill Road, we're actually
beginning on Low's Lane in an area known as New Stanton which
will also be the start of the fifth route.
The fifth route will continue straight ahead from Low's Lane
past Twelve Houses into Sowbrook Lane and on to Kirk Hallam but
for this part we follow the road round to the right were it becomes
Ilkeston Road falls gently downhill for about a quarter of a
At this point we still haven't reached the Ilkeston boundary
and are still in the parish of Stanton By Dale but it's worth
pausing by the Stanton Bridge over the disused Nutbrook Canal
and at the foot of the former railway bridge for a quick look
On the right is a pond which is home to members of the Stanton
The pond is connected to the now disused Nutbrook Canal and it
is the canal bridsge that is called Stanton Bridge (i.e not the
Access can also be gained here to a footpath alongside the canal
but access to the 11 mile route from Long Eaton to Heanor that
is the Nutbrook Trail is from the other side of the railway bridge.
The Trail actually follows the route of the dismantled railway
under the bridge.
Continuing over the former railway bridge, it is only when we
drop down on the other side that Ilkeston Road changes to Quarry
Hill Road and enters Ilkeston. The Nutbrook Trail access can
be seen on the right in the dip.
The first road on the right is Merlin Way which leads into the
Quarry Hill Industrial Park and through to Crompton Road at Hallam
Fields. The road ahead has recently been widened to create an
entrance into Elka Road and a new housing estate that is currently
in the course of construction.
Quarry Hill Road now reaches its steepest point and rises to
a high point at its junction with Longmoor Lane.
From that high point the road drops down again to the Bull's
Head pub to join Little Hallam Hill, the A6096 from Derby which
will be the sixth route in this series. We first need to follow
Route 5 though from Twelve Houses through Kirk Hallam to other
junctions with the A6096.
No. 05 - Sowbrook Lane to follow