Pow Hill is set in moorland overlooking the Derwent Reservoir. The word Pow comes from Old English and means ‘slow moving stream’ which refers to the waterlogged boggy area in the north of the site. Conserved for its special wildlife interest, the area is home to goldcrests, coal tits, roe deer and red squirrels. The western end of the lake is protected as a nature reserve although there is access to the water’s edge in some places.
Needless to say Sophie and I went for a visit here, though we didn’t spot any red squirrels sadly, plenty of sheep though!
We parked in the carpark and followed the signs to walk around the lake, passing some beautiful heather on the edge of the path
It was a warm day and we were hounded by squadrons of mosquito’s hovering around the pathways waiting to dive bomb any walkers in the vicinity, so kept ourselves covered and got to open space as quickly as possible.
The park is pretty popular, lots of people enjoying the fishing opportunities.
Sophie and I were a bit disgruntled that only fishing people are allowed at the water’s edge, so we had to deploy the telephoto lenses. There seemed to be lots of activity at the Sailing Club on the far side of the lake..
but only one boat on the water.
The water was so pretty it was hard to remember the scenery behind us, but when we did we were treated to bunny rabbits.
We got to the far end of the lake where the ‘Pow’ meets it
There’s a picnic area and another car park
and views across the moors to the heather covered meadows.
so we turned around and walked back, following some dog walkers.
Stay tooned for the return journey and further explorations.