25 Jan 2014

Loxley to High Bradfield, South Yorkshire



There are some steep hills in our area with views across the Loxley Valley. The last time I walked here was on a sunny day before Christmas.  It's easy enough to stroll down, but harder to climb back up!
At the top of the hill is the primary school, an interesting old house with stables and Loxley Common or Chase.
There's a local legend that 'Robin Hood', (Earl of Loxley), who is said to have been based on a real person, originally came from the Loxley area.  Although he's more associated with Sherwood Forest it's a possibility since Loxley Chase now called Loxley Common was part of a wooded area used by the nobility for hunting and covered a distance as far as Nottinghamshire.

The school

The stables

A mounting block on the village green
An old water trough
The horses are well wrapped up for the Winter

We took a drive along the Loxley Valley last Sunday, which turned out to be the best day of the week with the weather.  It started out quite dull, but dry and then we had a few hours of sunshine.


We drove up onto higher ground passed Damflask Reservoir which has a water outlet into the River Loxley.





Some farmland looked relatively dry in sheltered areas, but on exposed, higher areas the land looked
waterlogged.  Looking in the opposite direction towards the moors the blue skies and sunshine gave a different impression.  We continue to hope for better weather and the farmland to dry out.





St. Nicholas' Church, High Bradfield

17 comments:

  1. Thank you for taking us on this wonderful tour. Your photos are a real treat. Such gorgeous scenery!

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  2. It looks as though you had another great day out Linda. Thank you for taking us along! xx

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  3. i enjoyed my arm chair travel with you. 2,3 and 4 the stones just amaze me. i do love stonework. and the last one of the church is so beautiful... i did enjoy my drive on that lovely road that i went up but not down.

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  4. So much green! Everything here is so brown all winter and without any snow so far there is nothing to cover it all up. Gets depressing. But I'm glad not to have to navigate through the snow. Always so fun to go on your journeys with you - I learn so much!

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  5. Your photos make me want to move there so bad. All the beautiful views, historical buildings and just plain sweet and quiet country living. The green is beautiful, everything here is white and bitter cold.
    Cindy

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  6. What a gorgeous day to take a ride.. Loxley Valley and the surrounding area look plush and gorgeous.. Almost reminded me of an early spring look with all of that green. Here it is snowy and VERY cold. We have had the coldest January in many years… Brrrrrrr.

    Have a good week, Linda.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  7. You have taken some wonderful photos, Linda. The street in your first photo does look very steep but what a view! I love the shape of the school roof and also the shape of the Bradfield sign at the road junction - such a lovely area:)

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  8. Gorgeous pictures Linda. The gable ends of the stables are really unusual. The views in the last few photos are stunning. And I do love geese :)

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  9. It is just plain beautiful and so green. Love the church in the last photo, that hill is definitely steep, love seeing the sheep in the field, and the horse in the second picture had a sweet face. Oh how fun it would be to ride along here. Also loved the story of Robin Hood.

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  10. A really gorgeous series of photos! I feel as though I took this walk myself. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing tour.

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  11. Such lovely photos and some wonderful landmarks to look at. Whilst going through your pictures it made me think that maybe I should share my village with my blog readers, I wonder if anyone would like to see?

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  12. Goodness me, some of those hills do look steep, I can imagine they are hard to climb up. It's like that in the Lakes, downhill is wonderful, going back is torture. What amazing views though, with lots of interest along the way, I do like to "find" odd and unusual things. Our fields are waterlogged like that too, and still the rain comes. We do need the ground to dry out. What a lovely post, I did enjoy it, and the blue skies....haven't seen one in a while.xxx

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  13. I love the complicated architecture of the gable end of the stables which seems to be also reflected in the wall behind the water trough. Great photos Linda.

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  14. Stunning photos Linda of your walk. Beautiful countryside. How on earth do you manage walking up the hill in the first picture when its icy? Could be a bit tricky methinks! Have a great week. x

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  15. E' meraviglioso passeggiare con te fra questi stupendi paesaggi e insieme a tanti bellissimi animali. Grazie per aver mostrato tanta bellezza, un abbraccio
    Emi

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  16. So picturesque, Linda! Love all the old stones so beautifully fitted together to make walls and buildings.

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  17. Another beautiful place, but goodness me, those hills. I wouldn't fancy climbing them but they certainly afford some wonderful views.

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