Monday, 18 August 2008
Nutbrook Trail Rangers Ride 18th August
In spite of a poor weather outlook, I was pleased to see the smiling faces of Martin, Tony and Keith as we met at the ASDA cafe in Long Eaton for a ride along the Nutbrook Trail to Shipley Park. Above picture shows us about to leave ASDA.
Almost immediately we found the Trail almost blocked by two fallen trees, but fortunately their owner was in the process of removing them, so one less job for us.
We were pleased to see that a section of substantial wrought iron fence (alongside the canal) which had been vandalised, is now repaired.
The Erewash Canal towpath was a series of puddles (as usual after rain) but we believe that a grant has been obtained to effect improvements. Bring it on!
The cafe at Shipley Park was not as busy as usual in spite of the school holidays, so we soon tucked into four specials at £3.50. Up from £2.99, but still a bargain.
After a pot of tea for four and some stimulating conversation, we set off on the return journey. Tony left us at Long Eaton and the remaining three of us continued back to Derby, stopping to examine engineering works between Elvaston and Alvaston where a road bridge is being constructed crossing the river to the old Celanese works and Spondon. Middle picture shows Martin and Keith on the diversion path.
Further on at Alvaston Park we stopped to view the re-vamped BMX track and could not resist having a ride round it. Top picture shows Martin turning round to go in the right direction.
A reminder - click on pictures to see enlarged image.
Posted by Les Sims at 22:05