Yesterday (Saturday) was a glorious winters day so I decided that a visit to Derwent Valley in the Peak District of Derbyshire would be in order to complete the walk around part of the reservoir (see map above for details of the walk).
When I arrived at the reservoir all the parking spaces on the road were full ( the moral get there before 9.00am to get a space) but managed to get in at a lay-by about half a mile past the bridge.
When I set out on the walk the sky was a little overcast with the sun trying desperately to break through………eventually it did, and the whole valley takes on a different feel. The sun was streaming down onto the very still water and highlighting the beautiful colours of the trees. Some of the field still had a covering of light snow creating a lovely a tapestry on the hillsides.
Half way around is the nature and refreshment centre where you can stop for a picnic and a drink………just a word of warning, when you sit at one of the outdoor tables be prepared to be accosted by about one hundred ducks looking for a free meal. They are harmless but could be intimidating for young children!
You will also come to the famous twin towered dam where the Dam Busters squadron practiced dropping their “bouncing bombs” prior to the raid on the three dams in Germany.
The walk is about five and a half miles and taken at a reasonable pace will take about two and a half hours………..the reward is that you get some beautiful views, stunning countryside and some exercise. So, if you haven’t visited then do yourself a favour and put it on your list of places to visit. Below are some of the photographs I took on the walk.
Photographs (c) Kindadukish 2017