Saturday, 1 October 2011


Having taken our friend Winnie for her flu jab this morning, Malcolm and I had a walk along the Nottingham Canal.  Very warm again with the sunshine stronger than we've had all summer, we also took in a small climb up a hill at the eastern extreme of town, close to the canal.  The hill was once the site of a dry ski slope where, according to Malcolm, you could sit at a Swiss-style chalet with veranda and sip a coffee before taking to the slope.  All that is long gone, but the views from the top of the hill are still rather good.  Here, looking North towards the listed building of Bennerley Viaduct.  Built in 1876-7, it used to carry the railway lines of the Great Northern Lines, transporting coal from the mines of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
The viaduct was the focus of a bombing mission in 1916 when nine Zeppelin airships tried to demolish it.  It survived that but did not fair so well under Dr. Beeching.
Looking towards the town, the views are almost as good.  Here, a wide angle view taking in almost the whole town.
Zooming in a little, you get to see the Church of St. Mary's sticking out over the trees on top of the hill and the town museum just below it.  The trees making up the green space through town are showing the signs of Autumn even though the weather is so hot.
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