Derwent Gold……


Upper Derwent Valley, Derbyshire

A walk round the Upper Derwent Valley and the surrounding moors is always rewarding and at this time of the year the tall Beech Trees display there full golden glow making it extra special.

The Upper Derwent valley was selected over 100 years ago as a prime location to construct a network of Reservoirs.  It is a series of three separate reservoirs that cascade water down through the valley.  Fed by the River Derwent and the many stream that drain water from the surrounding peat moors, it is a perfect water catchment area.


The views are always great but this October there is a very big difference. The view above over Ladybower Reservoir should be of an expanse of water…but it has been dry for so long this summer that grass is now growing on the reservoir floor.


This feeder channel, from one reservoir to another is usually quite a dramatic river… today just a trickle with little or no flow.

Derwent Reservoir is starting to refill but still very low and will take a good deal of rain over the moors to make a significant difference…water usually laps right up to the trees.


But we were there for a walk through those trees… is a walk made much easier than many.  When the construction work was under way old track ways that edged the valley had to be made wider to allow access…the legacy is for the most part broad dry tracks, tracks shared by cyclists and walkers.

And what a treat on a sunny October day, a rich golden glow to lift anyone’s spirits…



Dusk has started to come early, earlier each day, next week we loose an hour of the afternoon’s light as we have to return to GMT.

Returning home we were reminded of how short the days were becoming as the last of the sun caught the moors at Stanage…


It was another ‘Bonus’ day for October and at last one full of autumnal colours.

Now in the UK we need to remember to put our clocks back by one hour TONIGHT!

Winter is on the way

27th October

(C) David Oakes 2018