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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.

and sheep

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.










29 comments on “Pow Hill Nature Reserve ~ Sept 2017 ~ Part 1

  1. Oh, I’m definitely looking forward to the next part. What beautiful photos. The first tree, so beautifully shaped… marvelous. And squee little rabbits… Delightful, Fraggle. Hugs.

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    1. Thanks Teagan, gotta love rabbits!

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      1. You’re very welcome! tc

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  2. beetleypete says:

    Looks like a nice place for a day out, FR. I think it’s out of order that only anglers are allowed next to the lake though.
    Great shots, as always. Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Thanks Pete, I think it’s out of order too!

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  3. raistlin0903 says:

    Wow: these pictures you took are absolutely amazing, great job. Thanks for sharing this. Looking forward to part 2 😀

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    1. Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Looks like a stunning place!Love that landscape, the photo of the tree is gorgeous and the tree with sheep reminds me of one of my favourite fields (what an anorak I am!!) which in turn reminds me of some sort of 18th century pastoral painting…gorgeous pan at the end too…and your shots are so crystal clear!Love them…looking forward to pt 2.

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    1. Thanks Clare, it was a pano type of place!

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  5. That view of the heather-covered fields – just beautiful!

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  6. Francis.R. says:

    It’s a very pictorial place, I would love to be there to draw it : )

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    1. It is quite special. Cheers Francis.

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  7. Jessica says:

    Lovely photos! I love anything that has to do with water. 🙂 The bunnies were cute, too!

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  8. Jay says:

    Sheep are inherently funny little creatures, aren’t they? You’ve given them possibly more dignity than they deserve here. I just moments before received an emoji text – a sheep – from a colleague and I’m puzzled. Then I come here, and more sheep. What is the universe trying to tell me, and are you colluding?

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    1. I am always colluding with the universe, and sheep.


  9. Man, WordPress has been failing me on letting me know when my homies post their post!😕 But these are some beautiful photos Fraggle!!!😁📸💖I am looking forward to the next ones! I really love how you captured the scenery and the dog walkers’ asses!😉 Very nice and great angles!😄❤📸

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      1. Cheers! I hope you know I’m just joking about the asses. I really like how you catch people doing their normal activities! It’s so realistic!😄📸😍

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  10. joshi daniel says:

    So beautiful 🙂

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    1. It is lovely there, cheers Joshi


  11. steviegill says:

    Lovely, that panorama is superb. Weird that they only let fisherman near the water, maybe they think you’ll scare the fish off!

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    1. Thanks Steve, yes I don’t get it. Have been there a couple fo years ago and it wasn’t a thing then. Maybe the fishermen have been moaning.

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