Fraggle Report~ Bolam Lake~September 2017

Now the Road Trip is done, I can go back to reporting on the lovely scenery that Sophie and I got to see on our day trips this year.  Back in September, just before Autumn turned up, we had a sunny day and headed off to Bolam Lake. Although I’ve been before a few years ago, Sophie hadn’t so off we went.

Warning: short attention span~ners leave now, long post with lots of pretty photo’s 🙂

The lake was constructed c.1817 for Lord Decies of Bolam. John Dobson was commissioned to lay out the grounds in 1816, including the 25-acre artificial lake and woodland. Northumberland County Council purchased the lake and some of the surounding woodland in 1972 for use as a Country Park.


Mute swans are a familiar and impressive sight in Britain. Often found on ponds and rivers in parks and other urban areas. By tradition, all mute swans belong to the monarch. They are one of Britain’s largest and heaviest birds, with a wingspan of up to 2.4 metres. Male swans are highly territorial and first threaten intruders, striking an aggressive pose with wings arched over their back, before charging at them to chase them off. There are quite a few that live on Bolam lake and they are magnificent.

not just swans though

You could see Autumn beginning to take over the greenery

with plenty of leaves fallen already


We heard a loud annoying buzzing sound at one point, and thought some one must be strimming but that wasn’t the case.

if I’d had a gun I’d have shot it down. Hadn’t realised how loud and obnoxious they are, especially on a peaceful walk around a beautiful place. In spite of that feeling I had a chat on with the chap driving it and saw the results on his iPad. I want one, but with a silencer!

There was plenty of opportunity to shoot some reflections

and places to sit and enjoy the views

Some amazing old trees and bushes

There’s a nice cafe at the visitor centre where we had lunch, but then came clouds, so we decided to visit the nearby very old church of St. Andrews, but that’s a tale for another day. Stay tooned!

Congratulations, you got to the end!

full album of photographs can be found HERE

Information on the location can be found in the menu where it says Map of Photography Locations.











49 Comments on “Fraggle Report~ Bolam Lake~September 2017

  1. Great shots, lovely weather, and extra photos too. I’m happy!
    Love the reflections, and the moving swans too.
    Another top-notch post, FR.
    Keep ’em coming!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Absolutely wonderful photos, FR. Not one too many! The swans are looking amazingly beautiful. We are in the Cotswolds right now and I have noticed one or two signs “no drones”. Maybe this is because they are loud and disturbs wildlife and hikers in an AONB?
    Happy weekend to you,
    Dina & co

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  3. I was trying to work out if the sofa was carved in stone or even wood? Very effective. So glad you have started to add the full albums, I enjoy going through them as well.

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  4. I could have heard about the mute swans all day really.
    So many great photos of them, I feel like I’m looking through their family photo albums!

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  5. Amazing! Beautiful pictures! You got talent! For example picture after “with plenty of leaves fallen already” is stunning! If I’ll take it would look like bush and leaves… nothing special! But yours… amazing!

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  6. Pingback: St. Andrews Church, Bolam ~ September 2017 – fragglerocking~across the universe

  7. Beautiful place, love those sculpted armchairs. Those drones are very noisy, our neighbour has one – took me ages to work out what the sound coming from their garden was.

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