25 Jan 2016

A walk in Bradfield Dale


Today I'm sharing some of the photos I took recently during my walk by the local reservoir and the beck that runs through the lower part of Bradfield village.  This stream joins Agden reservoir with Damflask reservoir.  There were so many birds milling around in the specially-enclosed area for these domesticated birds it was hard to isolate a group or a single bird.  The ducks were quite amusing as they stood on the boulders at the edge of the beck. They would look at the flowing stream and then fly a little and then skim the water or dive straight in. The three geese were handsome birds.  I didn't get too close as they pecked at the seeds a villager had thrown on the ground. The one with the markings is possibly a goose/greylag cross breed.  Visitors are asked not to feed the birds, but as it's a popular spot for picnics in warmer weather there's no shortage of food and many birds are used to congregating there.
   
Agden Beck and Old School Bridge

It was a cold day and most people were either walking briskly about in the village, jogging or cycling.  Across the way are the old school rooms that have been converted into a cafe and also sells local produce.  We didn't go in for a hot drink on that day as we live so near home, but might take a look another time.

a muscovy drake

 some domestic geese and a male mallard duck



Agden Beck and Chapel Bridge

The former 1817 Weslyan Methodist Chapel is now the village parish offices.



Damflask Reservoir




Canada geese, mallards, gulls, a crow

a female mallard 

38 comments:

  1. What a lovely spot to go for a walk and you have taken some beautiful photographs. xx

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    1. Thank you Jan. It's a spot I return to often. There are some good nature trails in the area.

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  2. I was just saying on another blog how great it is to go along on virtual walks on blogs and here I get to go on another great one! How wonderful is that! Thank you for taking us along! xx

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    1. It's enjoyable to take a virtual walk in places we wouldn't be able to in reality.

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  3. Love the photo of the chapel reflected in the water.
    Liz

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    1. I like to take photos of water for that very reason, Liz.

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  4. j'adore les canards
    je voudrais bien une oie dans mon jardin , mais il y a beaucoup de renards
    un bel endroit ou l'eau est très présente
    à bientôt
    mille bisous

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    1. The fox, although a beautiful creature, will be on the look-out for anyone who keeps animals so you're probably wise not to have geese in your garden. Thank you for coming by.

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  5. You certainly live in a beautiful part of the country, a stunning walk.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the walk, Mama :)

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  6. Nice area though when you mentioned Bradfield I thought those photos don't look like the one near me and the name of the river was different, then realised you rin a different part of the country

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    1. I know the other Bradfield in Berkshire and Bradfield College very well. My great greats on my father's side of the family came from the area.

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  7. It's so pretty around the beck, no wonder it's a well used spot for picnics. You live in a beautiful part of the country, we're so lucky aren't we having all these wonderful walks on our doorsteps.

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    1. We're very fortunate to live in areas where we can enjoy a walk in beautiful surroundings, Jo. It's a relaxing activity and we don't have to go far to take in beautiful scenery and follow nature trails.

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  8. I love every single photo today, every angle and every view of each spot. i would love to sit at the table closest to the tree and watch the water and birds and stare at that wonderful bridge.. we have tons of muscovy ducks here, they are considered pest and if anyone feeds them it is big trouble. they fill the driveways to the homes and make a mess. i think they are so ugly they are cute. we never hurt them but many do

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    1. That's sad to hear that muscovy ducks are so numerous they're considered pests.

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  9. What a wonderful walk, I love all the geese and ducks especially the last photo near the little water fall and the Muscovy duck. It looks such a lovely area to walk in and to picnic near the stream, too:)

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    1. I know most of the birds here are quite common, but I still enjoy watching the ducks and geese happily swimming around in this peaceful environment and having the vast expanse of water on the reservoir to settle in flocks.

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  10. Lovely photos of what must always be an interesting and enjoyable walk. I love the grey stone cottages and bridges and the many species of wildfowl.

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    1. Being just within the Peak District the area remains unspoilt and the history of the small settlements very interesting.

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  11. I always love your photos Linda, such a beautiful area, lovely scenery and the ducks and geese are adorable.

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    1. Thank you Denise. It's a popular village for those who live nearby... and the birds seem happy too.

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  12. Gorgeous, gorgeous!
    I love how the Canada Geese congregate on the edge of the rushing water, it must be a good hunting ground.

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    1. Fascinating how the Canada Geese stand in the shallow water on the edge of the outlet to the reservoir near where the water rushes down. As you say, a good place to find food.

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  13. Thank you for sharing your pictures. They're lovely.

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    1. Thank you Molly. Glad you enjoyed the pictures.

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  14. The reservoir looks beautiful...we have one a few miles from us but it is not as grand as this..none the less I love to go walking there and must remember to take my camera next time I go

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    1. Hello Tanya. Do take your camera when you go for a walk by your local reservoir and post some photos.

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  15. It's so quaint!!! I love the ducks, especially that weird-looking one!x

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    1. The muscovy drake does stand out amongst all the others, but endearing nonetheless.

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  16. Your country has so many beautiful places to visit, we love walking in the country. So funny that muscovy drake.....

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    1. There are many interesting places and walking is a good way to experience the beauty of the countryside.

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  17. What a charming walk! I did enjoy seeing all the water birds, they'll all be squabbling for territory soon no doubt. What a lovely pic of the chapel reflected in the water. You do have some grand spots round and about.xxx

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    1. Very true. I didn't see the muscovy drake's mate, but there must have been one somewhere nearby.

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  18. What a lovely place for a walk . . . I wish I was there walking with you. Love the stone bridge :)

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    1. I'm pleased to have your company, Connie. Thanks for coming by :)

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  19. SO relaxing, inviting and scenic! What a lovely spot for a picnic. Nice photos. :)

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    1. Hello Shawn. I miss your blogging. Have you given up? Hope all is well with you.

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