It was a short walk down the road past Ilkeston Football ground to get onto the Erewash Canal footpath at Barkers Lock.
|The Bennerley Viaduct|
|The river Erewash|
|Weather vane on Ilkeston Town FC|
|Is it Bill or is it Ben sitting by the canal|
|You can just see the viaduct|
After a nice stroll along the canal it wasn't long before we got to the Viaduct. Its a massive steel lattice structure built between 1876 & 1878 by the Great Northern Railway. It spans over the Erewash Valley between Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire, is 1452 feet long and is just over 60 feet high. Its now a grade 11 listed structure and is on the buildings at risk register. We got up to the viaduct and there was a man already up there and he was doing an exercise routine. He turned out to be a Russian on holiday, a very nice chap. He took the pic of us 4 shown below.
|The 4 of us at the south end of the Bennerley Viaduct.|
|The viaduct passes over the main tracks|
|A steel lattice construction with what must be hundreds of thousands of rivets .|
|Sadly there have been at least 2 suicides from the viaduct and there are flowers left in memory of the people who have died.|
|The 4 of us at the north end|
|Geoff setting up his camera for a 12 sec delayed pic.|
|Ike & Rob|
|Geoff at the entrance on the south end.|
|Geoff coming down from the viaduct.|
|Just look at the state of that roof|
|Dont know who he is|
|This is going to be a cracking home when its been refurbished.|
|We came across this race car track for remote control cars and they were flying over the jumps.|
Its obviously a proper club and looks really well organised.
|Footbridge over whats left of the Nottingham Canal|
|Nottingham canal towpath|
|This chap turned out to be an expert in the local railway system and does talks and walks on the subject.|
|Bennerley Viaduct from the Nottingham Canal towpath|
This was a cracking walk 6 1/2 miles and the highlight was the Bennerley Viaduct. The morning started off quite cool then quickly warmed up.
I'll be missing next week taking my grandson Morgan to football.
See you soon