Hemington, Lockington and East Midlands Airport -
In a change to our normal system with photographs, this page is being uploaded a
month before we go on the walk -
Maybe it’s a means of whetting your appetite (to show that a walk around the airport is more interesting than you might think), or maybe it’s because we can’t be sure that anyone will actually want to get their camera out at the end of November!
Whatever, it is an interesting walk, and although it is just over 8½ miles long, it is an easy 8½ miles, and is well recommended.
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So, what will we see on this walk?
Well, the chances are that there will be the odd plane. But they’re not that frequent,
and they’re not all Ryanair jets -
But having started at Castle Donington, we will soon leave the airport for a while, and wander down into the lovely village of Hemington, with its thatched cottages…
… and its ruined church.
It’s been a ruin since Victorian times, but until 1986 the church had a tower, which succumbed in that year.
Over the hill from Hemington we will have a short break at this vantage point overlooking the neighbouring village of Lockington.
To the left of centre is the eighteenth century Lockington Hall, now used as office accommodation.
Back to the airport perimeter walk.
At various locations along the walk there are items of “Art on the Trail”. This is “Sky Ladder”, created in 2012 and installed on Diseworth Rise in 2012.
But it isn’t all pretty things to look at.
The DHL distribution warehouse within the perimeter is huge -
As we walk along the “new” road to the west of the perimeter, we may spot the fact that it isn’t a new road at all.
An early milestone, showing the distances to Nottingham and Tamworth, and indicating that we are on an old turnpike road.