Walk Diary Wednesday 12 December 2018 Weather, 7°C. overcast.
Allestree Park Depart 10 a.m. 7 ¼ miles Leader: Gerry White
No. on walk 31
A fairly local walk, that judging by the turnout, it suited many. A compact walk, utilising many of the parks excellent well surfaced paths, we did find a bit of mud in other places, but nothing that didn’t clean off in the dampened grass of other fields. The weather although overcast, didn’t feel as cold as the gauge suggested, probably because the air was fairly static. Some said, that we did see a bit of sun but I must have blinked at that precise moment and missed it. Plenty of happy chattering voices, to be heard as we strolled along, but all went quiet whilst still in the park, due to the appearance of an unusual bird in a nearby tree. The squawk gave it away and a long tail also made it easy for our inhouse bird experts to identify it as a Parakeet, probably escaped and living wild in the park.
We set off from the middle car park, along the eastern side of Gorses Wood to eventually to gain the parks pathway system at the most easterly point of the lake. We walked in a clock wise fashion along the parks perimeter until reaching Woodland Road car park, on the return we actually followed this route back to the car park. We crossed over the road from the Woodlands car park, following a well-defined track and at the junction of paths, turned left to exit onto the road at the southern end of Quarndon, taking our morning break standing near to this point. At the junction, we ventured a short way up the Keddleston Road then to take a metaled track to the field adjacent with Vicar Wood.
We passed through the tip of Vicar Wood, now heading in as straight a line as possible towards Quarndon, stopping for our lunch break just over the brow of Cannon Hill. With lunch completed we turned right into the main street and almost immediately left, following across the fields, meeting with an earlier junction of paths, this time we took the path to the left, gaining the road near to and passing by the water tower and so down to Woodlands car park to return as described.
Interestingly, three groups of walkers started form this same venue, 9.30 saw a tinsel covered group of about twenty Nordic walkers set off, followed by us at 10 and then Erewash Ramblers also started gathering for a 10.30 start, together with local dog walkers the car park was nearly overwhelmed.
Pictures below by James W.