There are many walks and trails around Bradfield Dale and yesterday we decided to follow the route around Agden Reservoir starting in the top lane of High Bradfield village.
|purple heather, rose bay willow herb and a few thistles add a touch of colour|
The winding lane passes rocky escarpments, plantations and pasture to the north east and farmland to the south before descending down towards Agden Reservoir and Low Bradfield. It's possible to walk through Roacher Plantation and on to the moorland beyond Roacher Rocks.
|pine cones and flowering cranes bill|
Agden Reservoir was completed in 1869 and takes its name from 'agden' which means 'valley of the oak trees'. It holds 560 million gallons of water.
After passing through the wooded lanes of Lower Bradfield we stopped at the Strines Inn which overlooks the Strines Reservoir and is sheltered by trees and hilly moorland. Originally a manor house it was built in 1275 for the Worrall family (another branch lived in the village of Ughill on the other side of the valley). Most of the present day structure is 16th century and it was leased out as an inn during the 18th century when the track that passed beside it became more important and a charge (toll) was paid to use it. It got its name from an Old English word meaning the meeting of water.
These days the inn has become well known for the large number of peacocks that wander around the grounds.