Friday, 20 February 2015

Swinsty Reservoir Walk



Friday was a day of work for us both, we headed of to Swinsty Reservoir.

Swinsty Reservoir is located in the Washburn valley north of Otley and west of Harrogate in Yorkshire,


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,Beneath the waters of the reservoir are the remains of New Hall, originally a home to the Fairfax family, whose members included Ferdinando Fairfax and the poet Edward Fairfax. Women in the nearby village of Timble were twice tried at York for witchcraft on the accusation of Edward, who suspected them of possessing his two daughters. Neighbouring Fewston Reservoir covers another Fairfax family home, Cragg Hall.


Time needs to be spent here to see the birds, the odd Blue tit and Robin can be found in the Pine woods and in the distance we heard the sound of a Woodpecker.

On the water, Mallards ,Gulls and Canada geese were hoping the many visitors would share their sandwiches.

  
To days outing was all about the walk in the fresh air to enjoy the view.






The only flower to be found braving the cold was Gorse.


Stairs for the water to run down


This is the run of for the water at the far end of the reservoir.







Back round at the start, 

Canada Geese 
Happy Hunting

AMANDA XXX

One tiered dog  

16 comments:

  1. Looks like a wonderful day out for all of you. Sx

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    1. Thanks, it's a lovely place and well walked during summer with family's as the paths are good to walk round.
      Amanda xx

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  2. The Yorkshire reservoir looks like a beautiful and quiet place to spend the day! Lovely nature photos...the map was a nice addition.

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    1. Thanks Juliet, we have quiet a few reservoirs which are run by Yorkshire water, they maintain them well offering lots of information for visitors.
      Amanda xx

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  3. Wonderful pics - I love the moss on the sides of the water steps - all the surroundings look so bleak, then there's the vibrant moss. I laughed at the little talk bubble about the stick!

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  4. Thanks Jennifer, I did struggle to find photos to day, as the place was bleak. But in a way that was beautiful, it was quiet, which we enjoyed too.
    Amanda xxx

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  5. I rather liked the bleakness of the photos - this reservoir is so different to the one near us which is quite an intimate place but I guess Swinsty has to serve a bigger area than ours. Lovely pictures Amanda - especially the tired little dog at the end.

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    1. Thanks Elaine, over the past few days I have noticed some farming fields tuning green, but here at Swinsty I think another month needs to pass to get some colour.
      Amanda xx

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  6. I like that quote about beauty and the sun! Your photos capture the setting and the weather well. Very atmospheric. We're also fortunate to have places like this in our area where we can walk. Thanks for sharing the link about the history of the reservoirs.

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    1. Thank Linda, the quote was for me.. to find good even in a dull day and not wish it away. Living high up I do like the open space this place offers, hope to not leave it to long this time before we go back.
      Amanda xx

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  7. What an amazing place to go for a visit, a really wonderful open space to be able to take advantage of. xx

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    1. Thanks Amy, I do like open spaces and seieng the sky.
      Amanda xx

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  8. How interesting about the submerged buildings. Love the photo of the glowering sky. Bleak but beautiful. x

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    1. Thanks Julie, the building would be interesting to see, not sure how deep it is. The other reservoirs are some times left to run low, but this one at the top is always full.
      Amanda xx

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  9. We've talked about walking around the two reservoirs in the past but have yet to do it, I will show my other half and suggest it is time we did:) Excellent photos x

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    1. Thank you HS, it's a lovely walk, long enough just round one reseviour . Even better in Spring or Summer.
      Amanda xxx

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