Last weekend may have been our last walk in Autumn sunshine as this week we have had several days of heavy rain and wind and it feels like Winter is just around the corner.
We made the most of the good weather with a drive to the Damflask Reservoir and Bradfield village going on the low road and then returning on the top road.
Of all the reservoirs in Bradfield Dale the largest is Damflask constructed in 1867. It's main function is to supply river compensation water to the river Loxley. There are footpaths along the dam and it's the only one in the dale where sailing and rowing is allowed.
This is the narrow end of the dam looking towards the northern shore. After passing through wooded areas the landscape changes with a glimpse of the church at High Bradfield across open farmland.
We stopped for a while in Low Bradfield where Agden Dike unites with Dale Dike to form the River Loxley. It's a popular picnic area. On the other side of the bridge is the village green, cottages and farms.
This working farm looks onto the village green and has a back entrance into the lane leading up to High Bradfield.
The parish church of St. Nicholas dates back to the 15th century, but the history of the site as a place of worship goes back to the early 12th century when Benedictine monks constructed a chapel. A 9th century Saxon cross was found in Low Bradfield and is displayed in the church.
With its hilltop location High Bradfield has widespread views towards Bradfield Moors and the reservoirs of the Dale.