5 Feb 2015

A walk by Damflask Reservoir


The frozen snow still lingers here in places, but the roads are clear and on Tuesday I was glad to get out and go for a walk around part of Damflask Reservoir. It's a five minute drive out along the Loxley Valley and my husband dropped me off on his way to the home improvement store in town saying he would be back in an hour. The actual walk around the reservoir takes at least two hours and that's without taking a break to sit down or, in my case, stopping to take photos. Starting at Damflask Farm I walked along the path near the sailing club buildings.

 
Below is the map on a board by the reservoir which also shows some old photos of local industries, people and places of interest before it was constructed which I'll write about another time.





Ughill Height can be seen across the reservoir. Beyond is moorland.


Oaks Farm on the hill.







A place to sit.


I turned back to meet Mr. P. It's easy to get engrossed in the scenery and photography, walk too far and then think of him waiting in the car. Thankfully there are plenty of walkers about, but I wouldn't want to go too near the deep water as there have been tragic incidents. The reservoir has partly frozen over during very harsh Winter conditions in the past.



The sailing clubs that use the reservoir have a good club house.  A couple of walkers were sitting in the sunshine with their flask of hot drink as I passed by earlier.





Mr. P. arrived just as I got back to the spot we had arranged to meet.
On the opposite side of the reservoir to where I walked there's always less sun because of the pine trees and thickly wooded hills.





Most of the snow that had settled in the open fields in the Loxley Valley had melted so the farmers can get on with their work unless we have more bad weather.  Later on there will be the glow of yellow daffodils on the banks in the lane by those distant buildings. One of our local garden/nursery centres is opposite that group of houses. 

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  1. Thank you for sharing these marvelous photos Linda. Beautiful scenery, lovely birds and I also enjoyed the map of the reservoir.

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    1. Thank you Denise. I included the map as I thought it would be helpful to see what I was talking about. Have a good day and weekend.

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  2. hello
    c'est fait j'ai fais le petit jeux
    avec les mots
    c'est super tous les canards sur le bord du barrage
    bonne fin de journée
    bisous
    edith (iris) FRANCE

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    1. Thank you Edith. It was good to take this walk after having to stay mostly indoors recently.

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  3. What a beautiful walk. The English countryside is so beautiful.

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    1. We're fortunate to have unspoilt countryside on our doorstep :)

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  4. It looks like a lovely place for a walk. Beautiful scenery, especially when there's snow on the ground. We've had a couple of sunny days this week, no snow around here at all any longer, it's been good to have blue skies for a change.

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    1. It's lovely to have those blue skies even if it's rather chilly. Today a grey day!

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  5. i like those geese on the fence and the pastoral scenes are just spectacular. i especially like the scene with the two walkers, one in red and one blue.. something about the composition draws me in. so much beauty out there

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    1. It's always reassuring to have other walkers around with a friendly word as we pass by one another.

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  6. Thanks for taking me on your walk today when I am stuck inside my own house. I enjoyed myself.

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  7. Fabulous pictures. What a lovely walk. Our snow has all gone now.

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    1. Thank you Molly. Glad to hear that your snow has gone and it's easier to get around. Thinking of you.

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  8. Beautiful walk, Linda, around the Damflask Reservoir... I would love to be there to walk that beautiful area. Love seeing the snow dotted around the hills/sunny areas... NEAT... And I loved seeing all of the birds (huddling to stay warm I'm sure)... ha

    Can't wait til I can get out and walk more. I am better --but still have a lot of pain --so need to allow the healing to happen gradually....

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. A walk around the lake is a good way to get some exercise. I'm sure, slowly, you'll get back to walking in your favourite places Betsy.

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  9. Such a beautiful place to go for a walk, it looks very calm and serene! xx

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    1. It's a quiet place that's popular with walkers and we're fortunate to live not far from this particular stretch of water.

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  10. Wonderful walking with you!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed walking with me, Jody! Have a good day.

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  11. I so enjoyed taking this walk with you. Certainly relays the cold, browns and solitude in a winter's day. I love to walk and take photos. Lovely way to entertain oneself.

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    1. Even a short local walk is a welcome break from the household routine. It gives me time to reflect and appreciate nature, the beauty of the countryside and think of the farmers' and reserve keepers' work in season.

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  12. Dear Linda,

    Thank you for taking us along on your walk and what a beautiful place. Always lovely to see the English countryside.
    Hope you are staying warm and enjoy the weekend

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Thank you Carolyn. Your present weather in beautiful NZ is so different from ours in the UK. I know you're enjoying the sunshine, but I hope you get the rain that you need also. Have a lovely weekend :)

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  13. Looks like a lovely walk, Linda. Your photos are wonderful - I love the ones of the geese. Have a lovely weekend:)

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    1. Thank you, Rosie. The geese were fascinating to watch. I hope you have a good weekend yourself.

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  14. Thank you for sharing your walk with us Linda I think most of us were right there with you.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the walk, Mitzi. I hope you're having a good day today.

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  15. What a delightful place, I would certainly enjoy a walk there! I loved the map, the stone and all those geese....I can almost smell the air!xxx

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    1. A good place for dog walking - you'd enjoy the trail around the reservoir stopping off at Low Bradfield village, Dina :)

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  16. Hello Linda, I love all the pictures and the ducks are so cute! thank you for sharing with us!

    Wishing you a great weekend.

    Sandra

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    1. Thank you Sandra. I hope you also have a good weekend.

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  17. What a lovely collection of photos of your walk at Damflask Reservoir. Your landscape is beautiful: gentle, orderly, so different from mine! The photo of the V-shaped formation of Canada geese by the corner of the water steps has super composition! Have a good one, Linda!

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    1. Seeing the setting and landscape where other bloggers live is part of the enjoyment of blogging for me. Thanks for dropping by and for the comment. Have a good day!

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  18. What an amazing place to walk, just beautiful!
    I did look at the map and now intrigued by some of
    the things listed there. The names just catch the
    attention and I want to see more.

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    1. I enjoy looking at maps also. Place names are intriguing.

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  19. Linda, I meant to stop by before now. Thank you for joining my blog. I guess I never really thought anyone would be that interested in what I had to say. What a beautiful area you live in and such a lovely location for a walk on sunny winter's day. I look forward to stopping by again. :)

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    1. You're very welcome. I'm pleased to have met you through blogging and I hope you'll stop by again. I hope you have a peaceful week :)

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  20. Lovely to see the geese. It's just as well they have thick leathery feet, that water looks so cold!

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    1. It was fascinating to see that the geese had congregated near the shallow running water. The ducks were launching off and paddling around. I would have liked to have seen the geese fly off in formation :)

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  21. Just to let you know that I have nominated you for an award, the details are on my blog. Please don't feel under any pressure to accept, I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy reading your blog.

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    1. I appreciate your kind thought in nominating me for an award. I'm greatly encouraged to know that you enjoy reading my blog. Thank you so much, Jo.

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  22. Such lovely scenery! You take wonderful pictures and make me want to walk with my camera! Hope your weather is getting warmer. Ours is supposed to drop to minus zero temps this weekend and we got enough snow to cancel school. Sigh. We now have 5 days to make up. We will be making two of them up by adding 30 minutes to the day--it's surprising how long it seems to make the day!

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    1. We've had some mixed weather recently. There's always the possibility of more snow. It must be disruptive for students and staff when the snow causes schools to close, open and then close again and very tiring for you.

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  23. Well you photos show what a lovely place this is for a walk, like you it would take me a lot longer to get round as I would have to stop to take photos..
    Amanda xxx

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    1. I've never completed a circular walk around the reservoir, but it would be good to try - taking many photos on the way!

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  24. I can't seem to find your latest post....xxx

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    1. I hope the problem will be resolved for you.
      Linda :)

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  25. Che passeggiata fantastica e che belle le oche, complimenti per i bellissimi scatti fotografici. Baci
    Emi

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    1. Grazie Emi. Sono contento che ti sia piaciuto il punto di vista della campagna e le oche. Baci.

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  26. Super photos, Linda. What a lovely place for a walk, though it looked very cold with the snow still on the ground. The shots with the clustered geese are fantastic. :)

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