Ilkeston Town Walk - Stage 03 - From The Museum To Chaucer
w/e 17 November 2002
We pick up our walk to explore Ilkeston at the top of the steps
outside the museum that lead to the underpass beneath the inner
relief road, Chalons Way. The name of the road is a reference
to Ilkeston's twin town in France, Châlons-en-Champagne.
Beyond the underpass is a network of footpaths but carrying straight
on under the gaze of the security camera the tarmac path leads
to Chaucer Old Park. This is the route we will follow but first
a little detour left and right of the path.
On the left, the ascent of a grassy bank reveals a view over
the playing fields of Chaucer Junior School. Bennerley Viaduct
is visible above the roof of the school whilst the built up area
on the right in the distance is Awsworth.
To the right of the tarmac path and running parallel to it, there
is another less used path. This area is the remains of an orchard
once belonging to Dalby House, the building that now houses the
But in September which is when these last three photos were taken,
the only fruits in the orchard were of the wild variety.
The two paths converge just beyond these trees but who would
have thought that you could see a scene like this only a couple
of hundred yards or so from the town centre. In a few more yards
the paths reach Chaucer Old Park which is where we'll continue
our walk in the next stage.