The Nutbrook Canal was a branch off the Erewash Canal; apparently it was never officially abandoned however, most of it was closed by 1895 but despite this there is still a surprising amount to be seen including a navigable looking stretch and several lock remains.
Running mainly parallel to the canal line is a Sustrans route mainly on the course of long abandoned railway lines (there were many in the Erewash valley) and today’s walk is basically a figure of eight using both these routes. The full length is some 6-7 miles but there are opportunities to cut it shorter at some points, even to just do the morning as we will pass the cars after lunch. We have managed to get Mick Golds to accompany us and share his extensive local knowledge of the area.
Meet at Straw’s Bridge car park on the north side of the A609 west of Ilkeston at 10.00am. Post code is apparently DE7 5FG but we haven’t tested it to see if Sat Navs work with it! Otherwise SK454418 should work and the car park is marked on OS maps.
Lunch will be at the Bulls Head, Little Hallam Hill, Ilkeston – yes, it’s uphill to the pub! There’s the usual pub fare including “2 meals for £10”.
https://bullsheadilkeston.co.uk/menu-2/ The landlord requests orders in advance please which will much help proceedings!
Please let Dave and Izzie know if you’ll be walking. Food orders please by 30th March.
firstname.lastname@example.org 01636 708781, 07733 655279. Email is probably best for bookings
New members: Eating at the pub isn’t compulsory! Some prefer to bring sandwiches, please feel free to do whatever suits you..