British Walking Federation

EASTWOOD AND EREWASH ARMISTICE TRAIL
ORGANISED BY THE BWF NATIONAL COMMITTEE

CONTACT: Roger Baker, 12 Burwood Grove, Hayling Island, Hampshire PO11 9DS
Tel: 02392 462005     E-mail:
trails@bwf-ivv.org.uk

DISTANCE:14km

GRADE: 2+
ENTRY FEE: £1.50 per walker (Cheques payable to BWF)
AWARD: No Award
START VENUE: Greasley Sports and Community Centre NG16 3QN      OS Explorer Map 260 GR 477467 Sat Nav Code NG16 3QN                                          CAR PARKING: There is free car parking at the start.  NB The car park is locked overnight from 2200-0800 weekdays, and 1700-0730 weekends.   Vehicles are left at the owners risk. Ample on road parking also available near the start.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Langley Mill Train Station (Alternative Start Point).   The Rainbow One bus from Nottingham City Centre to Ripley stops at Eastwood Hilltop (250m from start of walk).
REFRESHMENTS: Numerous points around the 2nd half of the trail. Toilets also available at the start.

 

ROUTE DESCRIPTION (Updated 17th April 2018)

 

With your back to the car park entrance turn right along the pavement following the railings on your right.  Past the childrens play area, turn right along public footpath.  Continue to the end, through the gate and turn right.  Follow the road as it bears left to the end.  Turn right into Pinfold Road.  At the junction, cross WITH CARE using pedestrian island and continue ahead into Portland road.  At the end, continue ahead taking left hand path, through gate into wooded area, and ahead on path into park.  At 4 way  junction of path, go right through kissing gate and follow path round to the right.  Leave the park and cross road, continuing straight ahead, signposted Public Bridle Road.

Q1. On the sign, how far to Cotmanhay?   

Continue straight ahead on Bridle Road, then over the bridge over dual carriageway, to reach path junction.  At junction, go straight ahead on bridleway to T-junction with stile in front. Turn right onto Erewash Valley Trail (information boards to your left). Continue on this path for approx. 1Km to gate and road.  Turn left to follow the winding road, cross the river, and continue until you reach the canal lock at Shipley Gate.  DO NOT cross bridge.  Turn right onto canal towpath.  Continue ahead with canal on left.  At Eastwood Lock cross canal on footbridge over lock.  On the floor under the Eastwood Lock sign there is a plaque

Q2. On the plaque, what is the name of the mayor of Eastwood? 

Continue ahead with canal now on  your right. After approx. 1Km at bridge 27, turn left after house and yard onto narrow footpath. Go straight on to reach road. Turn right along road to reach the junction.  Turn left and follow the road under the railway bridge to reach mini-roundabout.  Continue straight ahead on Brookfield Way to reach T-junction  opposite primary school.  Turn right then left onto Hands Road.   Ahead past the back of the William Gregg VC Leisure Centre building.

[Sergeant William Gregg VC DCM MM was born here in Heanor in January 1890.  Aged 28, and a sergeant in the 13th Battalion, The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own), on 6th May 1918 won the Victoria Cross at Bucquoy, France. During an attack on an enemy outpost, Sgt. Gregg took command of his company when all of the officers had been hit. He pushed ahead with the attack, taking prisoners and capturing a machine-gun.  Later the same day he personally led another 2 charges, bombing a hostile machine-gun position, and capturing the gun. He then held on to his position until ordered to withdraw. His Victoria Cross citation notes that 'Although under very heavy rifle and machine-gun fire for several hours, Sjt. Gregg displayed throughout the greatest coolness and contempt of danger, walking about encouraging his men and setting a magnificent example”.  William Gregg survived the war, returning to Heanor where he lived until his death in August 1969. As testament to his deeds of gallantry when the town's new swimming baths were built in 1970 they were named the 'William Gregg V.C Swimming Baths' in his honour. That recognition was continued when the facilities were extended and privatised in 2009-10 as the 'William Gregg V.C. Leisure Centre]  

Turn left and left again to enter the leisure centre car park.  Cross car park WITH CARE, towards the 'Service Vehicles Only' sign. 

Turn right up the steps or ramp to enter Heanor Memorial Park.  Continue ahead past hedge to path junction.  [Formally opened in April 1951 by the Duke of Devonshire, Heanor Memorial Park is a memorial to those killed in the hostilities of the Second World War.  Directly ahead is a 'traditional' memorial to those killed in the Great War 1939-1945, and a memorial to the Falklands conflict] 

Turn right past the bandstand and ahead to the large gates.  Exit the park through the gates and using the pedestrian island to the right, continue ahead into Mundy Street.  Turn right into Wilmot Street.  Ahead past Heanor Market place (car park) on left.  At the end, turn left and cross road to reach pedestrian crossing.  Using the crossing, cross the main road and turn right towards the church.  Enter the grounds of St. Lawrence's Church.  Directly in front is a Celtic Cross memorial.  [This is in memory of the men of Heanor Parish  who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1919].  Retrace your steps to the  entrance of the church grounds.  Turn left and left again onto pavement leading downhill.  Continue to reach the large yellow mining winding wheel on your left and information board.          

Q3. On the information board, in what year did mining in the area reach its peak?

Continue downhill ignoring all turnings and ahead into Aldercar & Langley Mill.  Follow road to reach the Inn the Middle pub.  Cross over the road using the crossing to St. Andrews Church. Turn left and carry on in same direction to go under railway bridge at Langley Mill Train Station.  [ALTERNATIVE START POINT]  Continue ahead to reach roundabout.  At McDonalds, cross over with care using the pedestrian island and turn right along pavement.  Continue past the Great Northern Pub.  After the pub, follow the path across the grass to carry straight on over the road to pass along the side of Travis Perkins on your right.  At the end go ahead to crossing point on slip road.  Cross road with care, and turn right on pavement up to the junction. Turn  left to reach and then cross (with care) the next slip road.  Carry on, uphill past B&Q on the right to enter Eastwood.  At the traffic lights at the top of the hill, cross road using the first crossing to traffic island and then cross left to pass in front of the Sun Inn pub.

Q4. On the wall of the Sun Inn there is a plaque.  What does it say happened here on 4th October 1832?

Carry on uphill, crossing over road using the crossings to pass to the right of Barclays Bank.  At the next junction, turn left into Victoria Street.  After 80m on the left is the D H Lawrence birthplace museum. [Open Tuesday-Saturday 1000-1600]  [In March 1912 D H Lawrence met his future wife Frieda von Richthofen, whilst living locally. Frieda was a cousin to German Great War fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, known as the Red Baron]

Turn right past the White Peacock Coffee Shop, and continue ahead on footpath.  Follow the footpath to its end, then turn right.  Go uphill to the road junction. 

Turn left and follow road to pass the Wellington Pub and Eastwood Library.  Carry straight on, noting as you pass on the other side of the road the Eastwood town war memorial commemorating the local victims of the Great War and the Second World War.

Just before the Edward House Care Home (opposite Tesco Express), on the corner of Edward road, there stands a Celtic cross memorial to the memory of the cadets of the Eastwood Ambulance Training Corps.  As you turn left into Edward Road, there is a plaque to the 45th & 95th Foot regiments, The Sherwood Forresters. 

Q5. On the plaque, Where is a monument erected?

Continue on Edward road.  At the end, turn right into Lynncroft, and follow this road to the T-junction.  Cross road carefully and turn left returning to Greasley Sports and Community Centre and the end of the war 

When you have completed this trail please use the Permanent Trail Entry Form

The organisers are not liable for accidents, thefts and/or damage to property. Every effort will be made by the organisers to make this a safe, enjoyable and memorable event.  

This trail is registered until 31 December 2018