|Swingate Water Tower|
With a promising weather forecast, I caught a train down to Ilkeston in Derbyshire. The station is on the eastern boundary of the town and close to the county border with Nottinghamshire.
At first I was cursing the weather people because no sooner had I alighted from the train than a big grey cloud sprinkled holy water upon me. But it didn't last long. Soon I was plodding by the disused Nottingham Canal.
Then along to the pleasant village of Cossall where D.H.Lawrence's girlfriend Louie Burrows lived. In 1910 they were engaged to be married but it didn't work out. David Herbert had other romantic diversions.
|Church House in Cossall - childhood home of Louie Burrows|
Onward to Strelley Hall then back over the M1 motorway, following Robin Hood's Way to Swingate where there is a magnificent sandstone water tower. It was built in the middle of the last century next to a reservoir that serves the city of Nottingham.
|Prancing horses at Turkey Fields Farm|
Four hours after arriving, I was back at the railway station and on my way home to Sheffield. An annoying passenger with a mobile phone and a piercing tone of voice made reading almost impossible so I checked out the forty or fifty photographs I had snapped on my latest ramble while fantasising about making the passenger eat his Apple.
|War memorial and Church at Strelley|