Wollaton - Around
w/e 01 June 2008
this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
I do like to show different parts of the region but I suppose
it is inevitable that certain sites tend to crop up from time
to time. One such site is Wollaton Park and for some reason,
I usually show images from there during the winter months. Back
in 2003 a circumnavigation of the lake formed the middle
section of a three part walk around both the village and the
park and at that time I wrote that a footpath alongside the lake
would be a riot of colour when the rhododendron bushes were in
flower. It was with that in mind that we returned but this time
walked around the lake in an anti-clockwise direction. This was
the view across the south west corner of the lake as we emerged
from Thompson's Wood.
As we approached the disused boat house, the first glimpse of
rhododendron colour looked promising on the southern edge of
But that promise came to little as we walked this side of the
lake through a dark and leafy tunnel where the prodominet colur
was green. This is the same path I had written about in 2003
where I was anticipating the riot of colour and it just goes
to show how wrong you can be!
As we left the tunnel though, the land on the right rose towards
Arbour Hill and here, although nearing the end of the flowering
period, the blubells still formed a scented carpet around the
And clusters of bluebells were still apparent on the north eastern
side of the lake as this view up towards the Hall and the Stable
Turning back to the lake at this point I was reminded of those
winter visits to the park and the twelve days of Christmas as
there were "Seven swans a'swimming". Actually the swan
family numbered nine in total, seven cygnets and two adults.
Swans are not the only birds on the lake and at the northern
end, a popular spot to feed the birds, there was a large number
of Canada Geese. But something that also caught my eye was another
patch of rhododendron colour on the far bank.
There was more colour in the late blossom on some of the trees
but most on the avenue up to the Hall were in full leaf but having
completedd the circuit of the lake, this is where we call a halt
to this visit to Wollaton Park. It's odds on that we'll be back
sometime soon though.