By just comparing the maps from April 2014 walk and August 2014 walk, you will see that the first walk ran from Wollaton Vale to Gallows Inn in a east to west, then north-west direction, whilst last month's walk ran in the opposite direction. This is because my walkers were coming to Strelley on a 35 bus from Bulwell and by going north to south, then east, most of the walk was downhill or on the level. Had we done the walk in the reverse direction there would have been a few hills. albeit slight, to climb and with the prospect of a few older walks, like myself, I wanted to avoid this.
Location 8 is the Waterloo Lane bus stop on the north side of Nottingham Road looking west. Here you can catch a Trent-Barton 'TWO' bus back to Wollaton Vale and Nottingham City Centre. They run every 12 minutes (5 an hour) Monday–Saturday daytime and every 15–30 minutes evenings and Sundays. The road is normally much busier than this!
Location 9. This is where you cross Nottingham Road, having walked beyond the bus stop for about about quarter-of-a-mile, until you see this gated entrance on the opposite side of the road. This is where you have to cross over. The footpath is over a stile on the right-hand side of the gate. Take care. This a very busy road.
Still location 9, this is the stile on the right-hand side of the gate. Just beyond is the second stile you have to cross.
The field path runs to the south-west corner of the field and looks as if you are walking to nowhere and that you will have to turn back. Do not lose your nerve. For in that black hole at the centre of this photograph is location 10...
...where you will have to cross another stile (the last on this walk I promise) and...
Alternatively, you can turn left once over the stile and walk along the north side of the old canal, which is hidden from view for most of the way, until you reach the old canal bridge on the western edge of Trowell Garden Centre, where the paths join up again. This is a much narrower and uneven path, so you need to take extra care.
The walk from here to Wollaton Vale is as I described in my April 2014 blog and mentioned at the beginning of this blog, except in the opposite direction (ie. from Wollaton Vale to Wroughton Pond Nature reserve, locations 1–21). Click here to see this section.
The Trowell Garden Centre is a good stopping point, with excellent toilets and tearoom. If the footpath around the garden centre was upgraded, much of the walk would be wheelchair and buggy friendly. Broxtowe Borough Council please take note.