Remember: Press F11 for a full screen view of this page.


" Keyworth and Rushcliff Park "

Date & start time:   Thursday / Friday     25 /26th August 2016.

Location of Start :  Pat and Mike's House in Keyworth, Notts, Uk.

Places visited :       Keyworth and Rushcliffe Country Park ( SK 579 324 )

Walk details :           2 mls,  a gentle walk around this semi-urban country park.

Highest point :        The number of people enjoying their local parkland.

Walked with :          Pat, (son) Ian, Ann and our dogs, Tada, Harry and Dylan.

Weather :                 A continuation of the lovely summer weather.

© Crown copyright. All rights reserved. Licence number PU 100034184.


On the way home from Suffolk to took up the invite for two nights at our friends in Keyworth, Nottingham.

Pat and Mike have known Ann longer than I have . . . so that is a bit special.

The sunny weather of Suffolk continues on so that we have the opportunity to enjoy lunch outside on both days.

Domestic duties helped by the fine weather . . .
. . . the blokes make a good job of hanging out the washing !

- - - o o o - - -

After lunch Pat and her son Ian took us on a walk around one of their local country parks.

We chose the first entry gate off the roundabout . . . which turned out to be a secondary entrance to the park.

The first part of the parkland seemed very wild and natural . . . hardly an urban country park.

A field within the perimeter fence contains a recently planted orchard.

The park benches have some delightful wood carvings . . .
. . . the area is becoming more of a urban parkland.

Signboards give everyone the chance to identify the local flora and fauna.

[ It seems strange for us in Cumbria to see the grey squirrel promoted in such a positive way. ]

The wide path takes us further round . . . through an area of wild flower meadows.

The younger dogs, Dylan and Tada are always ahead, enjoying a good run around.

An interesting flower looks familiar but not quite right.

It reminds me of ragwort . . .
. . . but this is ragwort.

. . . but another sign gives us the correct name of Tansy for our new plant.

The area is helping the butterflies too . . .
. . . even if they move just as I press the shutter.

Towards the far end of the park is an adventure playground

but the jumps and rides look a bit different.

They were too big for toddlers, too small for bikes.


The answer was found at the entrance gate.

The paw prints are the give-away.

This is a purpose-made dog agility park for the general public to use . . . well actually for the dogs to use.

Ann and Pat had taken Harry on a shorter route to the main lake but Ian and I had Dylan and Tada with us as we reached this part of the park.

Dylan coped with the see-saw quite well . . .
. . . but couldn't get the idea of jumping through the tyre.

Come on Dylan . . . run through the tunnel . . . " you must be joking ! " he seemed to say.

Hold your cursor over the picture to his expression.

Dylan ran along the extended bench . . .
. . . but Ian's dog Tada declined to join him.

Further around the park we turned a corner and the whole scene changed.

Here was an adventure playground, toilets and refreshments . . . the ice cream van doing particularly well today.

In the centre of the park is the lake that Pat talked about whilst we were driving over.

The lake was a great attraction for a  large selection of wildfowl.

A delightful mute swan passes close to the camera.

Out on an island are some gulls and a darker moorhen.

We met up again with Ann and Pat and continue on around the lake.

On the way out of the park we passed a rather impressive set of gates.

It turns out that this is the back entrance of the Great Central Railway, a preservation line that runs from Nottingham to Loughborough.

The Great Central Railway is the UK's only double track, main line heritage railway . . . quite a big operation.

They have special gala weekends and events and you can even book an evening meal to be enjoyed in the restaurant cars on the line.

- - - o o o - - -

Back home the warm weather continues right up to dusk.

The sky was turning a delightful pink colour which I viewed from an upstairs window.

But it was much nicer to sit in the garden and enjoy the spectacle.

- - - o o o - - -

On the way home next day we stopped off at Tickhill and stayed for a lovely lunch with our daughter Paula, Al, Tom and Abi.

Tom has just received a good set of O Level results which were celebrated with smiles all round.

- - - o o o - - -


Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or my Canon 1100D Digital SLR.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . .the opportunity to split the journey home thee times.

Thanks to Sherran and Bill, Pat and Mike, Paula and Al.

Go to Top . . . © RmH . . . Email me here

Previous walk - 24th August 2016 - Pin Mill and The Clamp

A previous time up here - 5th July 2015 - Ann's invite to Pat's big birthday

Next event - 4th September 2016 - The Loweswater Show 2016