Autumn in Queen’s Park

The end of September somehow seemed to signify the end of any decent weather, locally at least, and though many October days started off with blue sky and sunshine it was almost a guarantee that by 10am the blue would have been replaced with grey clouds followed by rain. This was particularly frustrating as being at work until 9.30am meant that I missed the best part of each day, however there was a morning in the middle of the month when I wasn’t working and I was able to take advantage of the early blue sky and sunshine to have an autumn dog walk round the local Queen’s Park.
Unable to park near the main entrance as I’d done on my previous visit in August I left the van on a side road and went into the park via one of the two west entrances, following various paths to the west end of the Promenade Terrace and the steps which were halfway along.
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At the top of the steps was the Vantage Point Garden; just as in August it looked rather scruffy around the edges but it was still a pleasant place to sit in the sunshine for a few minutes. Wandering round to the sunken garden with its bare flower beds I found a large part of it was still in the shade so I only took one shot before retracing my steps.
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Back through the Vantage Point Garden and down the steps I walked along to the east end of the terrace and the semi-circular ‘Pie Crust’ viewing point, then down the hill past the ‘Pie Crust’ and along a path to the left I eventually came to the River Croal, Dobson Bridge and the fishing lake, still with its green surface weed, at the bottom end of the park.
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Across Dobson Bridge I headed west past the tree with the teddy bears round its base and on towards the fountain and the nearby curving bed of red and yellow flowers. Following my previous park visit in August I found out that early in the summer the flower bed had formed the top part of a rainbow, with the rest of it and the words ‘Thank You’ painted on the grass in support of the NHS.
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From the fountain I headed west towards the cafe then meandered up and along various paths to the big duck pond where various ducks, geese, coots and seagulls congregated; a lot of the geese and ducks came close in the hope of getting some food but unfortunately I had nothing for them.
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Following the path round and above the pond I came to a junction; right would take me back in the direction of the sunken garden so I chose left and meandered along until I came to the edge of the park and the entrance/exit which would take me back to where I’d left the van.
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As I drove the two-and-a-half miles back home clouds were building up and true to form half an hour later the blue sky and sunshine had gone, to be replaced by grey sky and intermittent showers, so I was rather glad that I’d taken the opportunity to do my Queen’s Park walk early in the day.

16 thoughts on “Autumn in Queen’s Park

  1. I’m glad your day off coincided with another lovely morning. There were so many rainy days in October, it was a case of dashing out for a walk when we had the opportunity. It’s been so foggy here over the last few days, it hasn’t lifted at all throughout the day, but at least it hasn’t rained.

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    1. It was foggy here a couple of mornings last week but it did lift and the days were quite nice. True to recent form though, this morning started off with blue sky and bright sunshine but by the time I’d breakfasted and was ready for going out it had clouded over 😦

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  2. Wow, what a lovely park! We’ve got nothing in the City Centre, and what greenery there is the council want to build on 😒

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  3. I think all councils are the same Paul, they demolish old factories and mills, leave the ground empty and derelict for years yet want to build on precious green space – there’s no logic in that whatsoever 😦 At least our parks are safe (in this town at least) as the land was gifted by various benefactors years ago and will have covenants attached to them so they can’t be built on. Queen’s Park is a lovely oasis right on the edge of town – if you want to know a bit of its history and its connection to Freddie Mercury have a look here –
    https://mousehouselife.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/strolling-round-queens-park/

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  4. There’s no shortage of parks in this town Jules, Queen’s, Moss Bank (not too far from me) and Leverhulme are the largest and there are several smaller ones dotted around various areas. To say that Queen’s Park is right on the edge of town it’s a lovely peaceful place for a walk 🙂

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    1. The bridge is actually red and very pale grey but it does look white in the sunshine. It looks a lot nicer now than it did years ago, I remember it being dark grey all over and really depressing. The sunshine made the walk really pleasant so when the clouds came over a while later I was glad I went out when I did 🙂

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  5. Our forefathers and benefactors have left a fine legacy in the industrial Northern cities – the green lungs for us urbanites. I don’t see the same happening in the ‘unplanned’ developments swallowing up our countryside now.

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  6. There’s nothing that gets my goat more than seeing a lovely field ripped up for yet another housing housing development, and once lost that land will never be regained. Fortunately our parks are safe and hopefully will remain so far into into the future.

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  7. I appreciate the park more now as an adult than I did when I was a kid, back then I thought it was quite a boring place. It’s nice for a dog walk though as there are so many paths leading in different directions and the weather that morning – before the cloud descended – made it really pleasant 🙂

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  8. That park appears so beautifully maintained, I do hope that no future council manages to find some nasty legal loophole to wreck it (which has, I believe, happened in other places).

    Looked almost deserted and a lovely place for you to be. xx

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  9. Our three main parks, including this one, are always well maintained although you never actually see anyone working in them. Very few people about that morning and anyone I did see was ‘miles’ away so it was almost like having the place to myself 🙂

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  10. What a lovely park & it seems so large. Are a lot of the trees evergreens as there didn’t seem to be many autumnal tints or bare ones & I know it’s your autumn. Weather has definitely been weird here too this year along with the virus & we all have to take advantage as many nice days as we can. Take care, stay safe & hugs.

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  11. I was surprised myself that there weren’t as many autumn tints as I thought there would be so maybe a lot of the trees are evergreens. The park isn’t the largest of our three main ones but it’s still a fair size and is actually more attractive than the largest park, plus there’s so much space and so many paths it’s easy to get away from other people if necessary.

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