Last week was a mostly 'stay-at-home' one due to a need to wait in for some deliveries so the plan was to go out today and this is what we did. However, there had to be a change of direction as the distant hills we were travelling towards looked very misty, the skies looked black and we realised we would be heading into a heavy rain storm. We decided it wasn't the right weather to spend time in the countryside and turned back home through Bradfield Dale. Despite the rain I managed to take some photos - most of them through the car side window when we stopped to look at the scenery. The wild rhododendrons add some colour to the rather hazy images, but I'm also reminded this is often the kind of weather that we get in the hills and dales.
The rhododendrons seem to have been planted as hedges around the Sugworth Hall estate many years ago to give shelter against the wind and rain. They do look impressive although my cousin when we brought her and her husband along this way commented that in Wales where my aunt lives they are becoming too invasive.
Sugworth Hall and Boot's Folly. The building was constructed in 1927 by the owner of Sugworth Hall, Charles Boot, probably to give locals some employment during the economic depression using local stone.
This is the farm that I sometimes feature as a header with Agden Reservoir in the distance.
|Edgefield Monument built in the mid 19th century over a natural spring water source|
From the Heights there's a good view of the village of Low Bradfield and the steep, winding lane leading up to High Bradfield which will be one of the challenges for the cyclists competing in Le Tour Yorkshire- Grand Depart 2014 to be held next month.
| Damflask Reservoir, (our local reservoir), the reservoir keeper's lodge house and a corner of the garden.|