Ladybower Reservoir Walk – Part 2
June 2018 Walk Every Day for a Week Challenge – Day 1
It’s supposed to be a gorgeous sunny weather this week. It is also the end of the month and so far I haven’t done my monthly challenge. So I will do my best and walk every day this week although there are some days that will be a bit tricky due to various reason like work, son’s commitments and my husband’s birthday party. Click here to see my previous monthly challenges’s walks.
Last time I walked the Eastern part of Y shaped reservoir and today I did the Western part as you can see on the map below. The weather was just beautiful if not a little bit too hot. This heatwave brought us 26 C. It was a good 7 miles ( 11.3 km) walk and took me about 2.5 hours. Straight walking, I didn’t stop for lunch as I was a little bit anxious not to be late to pick up my son from school on time.
Oh, it is so nice to see a beautiful blue sky for a change. 🙂
It’s not obvious on the picture but the slope was covered in little white daises. Very pretty.
The walk leads you along the plug holes. The ‘plughole’ like structure is taking surplus water from the reservoir and feeding it into the river Derwent and local streams. It is known as an overflow – which is called a ‘morning glory spillway’ – because it is shaped just like the flower. When the reservoir is full it drains excess water away, which helps to manage the reservoir levels.
The walk through the woods was very pleasant and I was quite grateful for a little bit of shade too.
Shame I didn’t have time to wonder and perhaps have a picnic on the “beach”. Have to take my family here one day.
You can see poking pretty purple foxgloves every where at this time of the year.
I couldn’t get enough of the gorgeous weather. It was just so relaxing to have a “me” time. It was not busy, I met only about 4 people.
There were numerous elderflowers scattered along the route. My taste buds were screaming “Elderflower lemonade please”.
Amazing view. The sky and sun are just killing it.
The only downside of this walk is that when you cross the little bridge and turn back, after few yards you have to go all the way back on the A57. There is a little path alongside the road, but it is quite overgrown and I actually walked on the road as it was more comfortable, stepping on the path when the car was approaching. It is doable but be very careful of the traffic. I would not advise this route for little children. I would rather go back the same route I came.
At this point I got a massive headache. Probably a mixture of scorching weather and traffic.
But overall it was a great walk! I am happy that I did it. 7 miles is a great exercise and the landscape is just gorgeous.
Ladybower Reservoir walk is one of my favourites walk in Derbyshire. I prefer the Eastern part (Fairholmes as I find it a little bit more interesting and you don’t have to walk around a busy road but as but both parts have something which the other doesn’t have.
Definitely worth a visit!