17 Feb 2016

A weekend walk: High Bradfield and Damflask Reservoir

Another busy week in our house. On Sunday we had family visitors coming at teatime, but we managed to go out for a short drive and walk beforehand. The weather was good, but just as we got back indoors the clouds rolled over and there were snow showers for a while before the sun came out again!
I've written about Bradfield many times so I won't add much more other than posting some photos and some new information that you might find interesting.  There's always more to find out about the history of a place even one that's so close to where we live and has become familiar and I'm sure this post won't be the last on Bradfield Dale.



This narrow path leads down to Low Bradfield and follows the contours of the hill.  It's known as the Kirkgate Steps or the Fairy Steps.  Actually, it's a well-worn "burial path" which made it easier in past times for villagers in the lower settlement to walk up the hill bringing coffins to the church.  As you can imagine, even today, it's difficult for vehicles to get up these steep hills in snowy or icy weather conditions.  The path ends by the main entrance gates to the churchyard and the Watch House.






snowdrops in the graveyard














We could have sat outside on the balcony of The Old Horns Inn and enjoyed the view (first photo), but it was very cold and we were glad to sit inside by the fire.  




Before going back home along the top road we stopped for another walk along the path by Damflask Reservoir near the rowing and sailing club. There were no boats out on the water, but quite a few joggers and walkers taking some exercise.










As I've mentioned, we arrived home just in time before we had some sleety snow showers.  I spotted
a few crocuses in one of the flower pots and it won't be long before the daffodils are in bloom.


21 comments:

  1. Beautiful place for a walk!

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  2. one of the most beautiful final resting place of any I have ever seen. would love to wander the path and inside the fence.

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  3. Just look at the blue sky. I'm not a lover of winter but I really don't mind days like this, so different to the constant rain we've had today. It looks like you had a wonderful walk in beautiful surroundings.

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  4. An interesting area for your walks, there's history at every turn in England.
    Great to get out in the fresh air and have some exercise Linda.
    Beautiful photos. I imagine you are always lagging behind, as am I! I can't resist a photo opportunity!
    Shane x

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  5. Beautiful photos. What a lovely place to walk with so many fascinating buildings and such an interesting history. The photo of the snowdrops in the churchyard and the photo of the primroses reflected in the water are wonderful:)

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  6. Gorgeous photos... Since we are in the midst of a drab winter here, I loved seeing all of the GREEN in your photos... AND--the flowers are beautiful... We probably won't see many flowers in bloom for awhile here ---but they 'say'???? that we may have an early spring.

    GREAT walk for you all. SO beautiful!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  7. Beautiful walk with gorgeous scenery. Loved the topiary!!

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  8. What a beautiful area you live in with stunning scenery and interesting history. xx

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  9. You've had better weather than the south west, lovely to see that blue sky!

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  10. Some really lovely, fresh, crisp, photos Linda - on the first picture is the smoke a result of heather burning on the moors?

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    1. Thank you Rosemary. My eyes get blurry if I'm looking at the computer screen for too long so glad that you think the photos are clear. The smoke would be the burning of patches of heather which I'm sure you know is a strictly-controlled part of moorland management and done on areas in rotation between autumn and spring. Only the top of the heather is burnt to encourage new growth without damaging the roots.

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  11. Beautiful place to walk about. Love all your beautiful photos. Great Britain always calls to me.

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  12. The sky looks amazing!!!! what a beautiful day it seemed! I adore the beautiful bushes too- so sweet to be chopped into animal shapes!

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  13. Love these photos Linda, what a gorgeous area. Bet it is pretty in snow also but I know you wouldn't want to be driving in it so you got home just in time :)

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  14. This seems like a lovely afternoon out, such interesting photos of a beautiful area. It's all too easy to stop seeing the beauty when we live in an area.

    Diana

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  15. What a great escape! I like the British Castles and your photos are marvellous - thanks for sharing

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  16. Nearby the beautiful places you live. Where you have to walk and enjoy the view. Even now you can see the spring. * I am in your country, I was only in London. Regards.

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  17. Such a beautiful village!!! It was wonderful to go on a virtual explore and walk with you!! xx

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  18. Oh my! I knew if I clicked on this post I wouldn't be disappointed! Such beauty everywhere. I am always so impressed with how green everything is. The snowdrops are so sweet and the crocus telling that spring is near. We are very brown and dry at this time of year, but we've had rains instead of our usual February snows. Warmer than usual. Thank you for sharing. Your photos are spectacular!

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  19. You've got some terrific shots here!

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  20. Gorgeous photos. You can never do too many posts about Bradfield for me. :)

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