Average Time: 30 Mins
Type of Walking: Wide hard core track
Refreshments Available: Nearby National Memorial Arboretum or Fradley Junction
Starting Point: Croxall Lakes Nature Reserve, Croxall Road (A513), Alrewas, DE13 7BD
Published date: 21st February 2018
Trent Valley Noon Column
Our walk starts at the Croxall Lakes Nature Reserve car park which is situated on the A513 at Alrewas. If you are coming in from Catton it is on the right just after you go under the railway bridge. The closest postcode for Sat Nav users is DE13 7AR. This short stroll takes less than 30 minutes though you may like to spend time exploring other parts of the reserve or doing a spot of bird watching from the hide. You could also combine your walk with a trip to the National Memorial Arboretum (adjacent to Croxall Lakes) or a visit to Fradley Junction on the Trent & Mersey Canal (just a short drive away).
It is worth taking a moment to enjoy the fine view up over the lake from the car park before starting your walk by going through the metal kissing gate on your right which leads onto a wide trackway.
Follow this trackway up with the lake on your left and the railway embankment on your right hand side. We found it a lovely quiet spot in terms of meeting very few people but don’t be surprised to see trains passing by on the embankment above you fairly regularly. There are a few openings where you can walk right down to the shore of the lake getting a good view of the island in places.
Just keep following the marker posts along the wide track as it bends around. After a while you will come to the bird hide on your left hand side. I can recommend going inside and opening up the shutters to take a look at the wildfowl out on the lake. Just after the bird hide you will come to the noon column. The sun will shine directly through the slot for about 15 minutes around true noon (which is 12.06 is wintertime and 1.06 in summertime).
On the opposite side of the track to the noon column is an archway which leads underneath the railway line and into the eastern side of the nature reserve. You can also follow the trackway straight ahead to explore the far end of the reserve. After you have finished exploring just retrace your steps to the noon column and bird hide and then head back down the track with the railway embankment on your left to return to the car park.