Spike Island Walk (17-11-21)
Spike Island is well known to those in the village who enjoy taking walks beyond the built-up area of Cropwell Bishop.
For those who don't have a natural urge to explore their surroundings – or who who don't have a dog to drag them out, Spike Island is north-west of Cropwell Bishop.
In fact, it is in the parish of Cropwell Butler, but don't let that put you off, the folk there are happy to share it.
The oddest thing about Spike Island is that it is not an island at all, but a pond. Beyond that fact, I know nothing of its history.
Its location has a history of mining and brickmaking and it may be that this pond was, somehow, a result of it. But, who knows – certainly, no one I have spoken to.
Ah well, don't let this mystery put you off: Spike Island is merely a point of interest on this Walk, but has, at least, enabled me to give the Walk a unique name.
Enjoy your trip.