A walk on the wild side it certainly is and any number of people are already walking the tracks, solo,in company and/or with dogs.
This site,Willow Island is a work site at present and is awaiting making good by the Council and Contractor,which will take some time.The good news is that when the Council,working with local community groups completes this work the island will be walkable on old pathways that both follow the line of the gurgling river and the last open tail race/canal that runs through the island from the head race above Lady Blessingto's Weir,on the town side of the old Miller's House and exits just above Burke Park.
The slideshow gives a flavour of the terrain which displays some beautiful trees, such as the old Holm Oak which stands at the northwest corner of the once garden fronting the house.
Yew trees stand sentinel nearby as do Beech and by the house a majestic, specimen Lime.
Tracks wend their way from the gateway, curving around the house and opening to what well may have been a carriageway wide enough for pony and cart.The fine stone wall provided a boundary with the river and the surging torrent below, more noticeable now as a result of the building of the Slalom course, which has rejuvenated the river at this point allowing the roar of the flow to carry almost to Dennis Burke Park.You would not know you were in the heart
of a throbbing town surrounded as you are by magical sounds of the flow and the greenery.
author artist activist