24 Nov 2012

A weekend walk in Bradfield Dale


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.


    

10 comments:

  1. three favorites today, i like the scene wit the picnic table, the one with the red phone booth and the 15th century church. these are really beautiful.

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  2. What wonderful scenery to wander in. The dear little post office is very sweet. Is it really a cafe?

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  3. Oh so very pretty! The English countryside is the best in the world but then I am a little prejudiced ;)

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  4. What a lovely walk to take in the English countryside.

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  5. The views are breath-taking. Sunshine even for a day is wonderful in November

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  6. Thank you for your comments everyone.
    Elizabeth - the post office and village store has a little cafe. The row of buildings, including the post office, date from the 1830s.

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  7. Beautiful light, beautiful area!

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  8. Hi Linda, thank you for your inspiring comments. I hope to one day go to Paris again to look at antiques and fabric and be inspired by the amazing city. Your photography is wonderful, High Bradfield looks like a pretty town, and I love the light in your photographs. I hope that you have a wonderful week!

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  9. Oh my goodness what a wonderful place, I must try and visit it one day! Suzy x

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  10. How lovely to walk with you through this country side and village. Just beautiful. I would love visiting The Postcard Cafe.

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