Shipley Country Park
This large country park near Ilkeston boasts 700 acres of attractive and varied landscape. In the park you'll find a number of lovely walking trails while the Nutbrook Trail cycle route also runs through the park.
The trails visit Porter Wood, Mapperley Wood, Shipley Lake, the Shipley Hill viewpoint and Mapperley Reservoir. There's excellent facilities with a visitor centre, play areas, and a wildlife garden. The park is not far from both Derby and Nottingham.
You can extend your walk from Ilkeston by picking up the Centenary Way waymarked trail. It heads west from the town to West Hallam.
PostcodeDE75 7GX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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The Nutbrook Coffee Shop is located right on the Nutbrook Trail, minutes from Shipley Park. It's about a 30 minute walk from the Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre (1.7 miles), following the Nutbrook Trail past Osbournes Pond. There's a great selection of freshly made sandwiches, panini’s, pies, pasties and a fantastic range of cakes. There's also a very pretty garden area to sit out in on warmer days. You can find it on the trail at postcode DE7 6BQ for your sat navs.
The wide open fields and woodland in the park are popular with dog walkers. You'll probably bump into other owners on a fine day. The cafe mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just east of Ilkeston there's some nice trails along the Nottingham Canal Nature Reserve at Cossall. The pretty village also includes a noteworthy 13th century church and the 17th century Willoughby Almshouses.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Derbyshire Walks page.