Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll) wrote,
Stevie Carroll
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A Derwent Valley Walk on a Sunny Day

Once I got back from Manchester, last Friday, I set out on an expedition to explore the Derwent Valley, following walking directions from the National Trust (download here).

Leaving Fairholmes Car Park, I walked towards the Derwent Dam, passing a length of drowned wall along the way:
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Along the walk, I was to encounter many species of trees (as illustrated by this fine stand by the wall), and rather a lot of sheep (here grazing just about opposite Fairholmes):
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Derwent Village (what's left of it) begins more or less at the phone box, after which we encounter the old Roman Catholic chapel (later RC schoolrooms and now the village hall) on the left:
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While on the right, we can peer through the trees to more ruins (and geece):
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Continuing, we go downhill, and pass the gateposts that once belonged to the vicarage:
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And then we emerge into sunlight to cross a bridge and explore the ruins that are revealed as the water level drops:
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Some of the best parts are well hidden by trees:
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Then we retrace our steps, and begin the climb up to the moors:
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First we encounter the ruins of Ashes Farm:
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Then we continue our climb, with spectacular views on the right and bewildered sheep on the left, emerging onto the moors close to Pike Low:
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I paused close to the top (as I thought!) to drink my juice, answer a text from softfruit and get menaced by another sheep:
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At last, the descent begins, and Dewent Reservoir is in view again (having been hidden by the hill for much of the climb:
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Our goal! The ruins of Bamford House (it's there, honest, I had trouble seeing it too):
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Casting a brief glance along the road leading to the right, we begin a very steep descent, past a solitary tree, and then into the woods:
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At the foot of the descent, we find Derwent Reservoir, and make a short detour through the nature reserve and its Wonderland-sized animals, before heading back to the Car Park for ice creams:
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A fine day out indeed, but I don't believe the National Trust that it's only 3 or 4 miles.
Tags: architectural heritage, for reference, out and about, photos, real life
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