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.