Ilkeston - The Erewash Canal (near Potter's Lock)
w/e 23 May 2004
Some fine weather tempted me away from the streets and buildings
so often to be seen on this site but I didn't have to go too
far to obtain some more natural scenes. The Erewash Canal runs
along the eastern edge of the town and a short walk along the
towpath from Station Road to Green Lane was sufficient to provide
all the images on this page. I spotted a pair of ducks with their
new family on the opposite bank, shielded from the housing of
the Park Farm Estate by some well developed trees .
Looking back along the path where I had just walked the May blossom
looked twice as pretty when reflected in the still waters of
At Potter's Lock, housing in the Larklands area of Ilkeston is
more visible but still not intrusive.
Again looking back - I really should have walked from Green lane
to Station Road to save all the turning round - a British Waterways
sign provides information for both walkers and boat people. Potter's
Lock is just visible from here under the bridge over the canal.
As I walked along the canal bank I startled, and was startled
by, a heron. With a noisy flapping of wings it took off and flew
away along the canal. By the time I took this picture, it was
little more than a blur in the distance. Look carefully and you'll
see it as a grey blur just to the left of centre.
This final view back along the canal of peace and tranquillity
belies the fact that the main north-south railway line that passes
Ilkeston is just beyond the trees on the right. But on a day
like this who cares about passing trains? "He leadeth
me beside the still waters" Psalm 23.