Derby - Markeaton in March
w/e 12 March 2017
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

We've driven past Markeaton Park at least three times each year for the last forty years and one year during September actually started a walk in the Autumn Footprints Festival from there. This was the first time though since June 2005, nearly twelve years ago, that we've made it our prime objective.

Mundy Play Centre

We parked in the car park off Markeaton Lane and entered the park via the Mundy Play Centre.

The Play Centre has many free facilities for children including a paddling pool, climbing frames, crazy golf, bouncy castles, swings, slides and a spider net and many more attractions. The Centre is open every day of the year although some of the attractions are seasonal. The facilities are available for children up to twelve years of age but students at Derby University that overlooks the park are welcome to enjoy the rest of the park.
Aldercar Wood

We took the path from the Play Centre towards the Craft Village which passes Aldercar Wood where the daffodils were just starting to flower.

The path leads by a bridge over a water course (which expands to form Markeaton Lake) where waterfowl gather on and near the terrace hoping to be fed by visitors.
The Craft Village

The Craft Village is housed in the old stable block of the former Markeaton Hall which was the home of the Mundy family. Information boards are dotted around the park telling the history of the estate. This one starts "The Orangery and stables were built around 1775-76 following the completion of the new hall ...."
The Orangery

The Orangery which now houses a cafe is thought to have been designed by Derby architect Joseph Pickford. It is at this point that I would encourage you to look at an image from June 2005 (link opens a new tab/window) taken from a similar position to compare with this one. In 2014 the archeological remains of Markeaton Hall were excavated. The Hall had been demolished in 1964 after years of neglect.
To The Yew Walk

A long straight path from in front of the Orangery leads through the garden to the Yew Walk, an area of the park that is included in £3.4 million three year restoration project.

Among the many attractions at Markeaton Park there is what best can be described as plenty of "parkland" - trees, grass and at this time of year spring flowers plus sports facilities and not forgetting rowing boats and pedolos that can to hired for use on the large Markeaton Lake, part of which is visible here.
Walled Garden

Before we left the park, we made our way back through the Craft Village to have a look in the walled garden which is now used as the Friends of Markeaton Park Community Garden.

From there we made our way back by the terrace and over the bridge to follow the path back through the Mundy Play Centre to the car park. Just a passing thought - if it takes as long again to visit Markeaton Park as it has done since our 2005 visit, it will be the year 2029 and I'll be quoting Bruce Forsyth: "I am not doddery... doddery I am not!"

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