Monthly Walk – Thursday, 12th January 2017
Sandiacre and District Probus Club met for their monthly walk on Thursday, 12th January 2017 at the Newdigate Arms, West Hallam Pub Car Park. The small party of walkers led by member Peter Flint set off across country in the direction of Straw’s Bridge Nature Reserve. Interest was created by walking through a herd of British White cattle, a dual purpose breed for beef and milk and a striking white coat with black noses and ears. Eventually Straw’s Bridge Pond was reached, this reserve being formed after opencast mining in 1980 and after reclaiming and landscaping is now managed by Erewash Borough Council and is habited by numerous ducks, geese and moorhens fed by the public.
Following from here a short walk was made along part of the Nutbrook Trail, the trail itself is a 10 mile traffic free path from Long Eaton/Shipley Park/Heanor, originally a transport route reflecting the regions industrial past. From here a transit was made across the Pewit Golf Course, Manners Industrial Estate and the ponds of the Manor Floods Local Nature Reserve.
Before returning to the Newdigate Arms for lunch an encounter was made with a few Belted Galloway cattle, recognisable being black with a white belt encircling the mid section. These are a much heavier dairy breed compared to the British White mentioned earlier.