Derwent Reservoir Visitor's Centre. The Derwent R. is the second reservoir up. The Visitor's Centre was small but had lots of parking, light food and restrooms. They also had place to "hire" (that's rent in American) bikes. Maybe for another day. We had a hike to do today.
link) and thought we try another one in the area. (That walk was the yellow/magenta one in the lower right). An avid walker and colleague of mine suggested a few other points to hit and I mapped out my very own walk (rather than pick one out of a book). (It's the cyan one in the upper left).
We start off in the forest and then popped our heads out to look back at the reservoir.
As I mentioned previously, there are 3 reservoirs (Howden, Derwent and Ladybower) that were established in the early 20th century to supply the growing water needs of the area. All total, they hold 10 billion liters of water and supply up to 200 million liters a day.
more sheep -- a little cuter this time
valley shot off to the left
walking along the wide ridge
nice family shot -- mostly dry
some knobby undulations to mix things up a bit
I liked this one as I dropped down the slope to catch them on the ridge from below.
Alport Castles. It's not the normal castles but a "landslip" of various geological formations. It was pretty neat.
Superwoman / Little Red
one last look at the valley before heading down the opposite side
this side was filled with purple wildflowers
which I tried to capture here
Ah, water again. This is the western spur of the Howden Reservoir.
a few flowers at least -- we liked thistle
so does this bee
a break in the treeline to look across (not that exciting really)
closer look -- too bad we couldn't walk out on it
in fact, they were careful to point out the dangers of jumping off as well (no worries here)
foxgloves (with my new zoom) -- notice the bee to the right of this one as well
closer shot of a different one
what's a walk without this guy? definitely slug weather today
So, all and all, a decent day out. It was good to stretch our legs and I was proud of the gang for walking that far. (Don't get me wrong, we could all feel it afterwards.) The rain didn't let us down and really only affected the views. The views were not as spectacular as some others but still a nice day out.
Back to the food:
Have a good week everyone.