Over the weekend we headed for a walk to Dove Stone Reservoir. It’s fairly local to us, but it’s not somewhere I ever recall having been before. The children needed to head out as they were getting a little hyper and driving us mad so after a quick google of places to go, Damian suggested Dove Stone so we headed off there.
I packed a couple of sandwiches and some fruit for a picnic as we were heading out over lunch time. I was glad we did as there are some lovely picnic areas. The walk we did was just short of 5kms and Miss E moaned pretty much the whole way around. She walked some of it and then was on my back for the rest of it. She is a moany thing at the best of times but she was particularly grumpy this day! We suspect her teeth were causing some bother as her gums are looking quite swollen.
Mr D managed to walk a fair way around but then asked to be carried. We hadn’t picked up the Tula for him so we tried to encourage him to walk a bit further but he ended up on Damian’s shoulders.
The walk itself is quite flat and is a lovely walk to do and we really did have a lovely walk around, despite the moaning from Miss E and Mr D. The site is also an RSPB reserve so it was lovely to see the birds and some of the work being undertaken to encourage them. We spotted swallows and many other birds – I really should take our bird guide book (a charity shop find) next time we head somewhere like this as I’m terrible at identifying different types of birds. There were plenty of signs around though to help you look for different types of birds which were really useful and nicely spaced around the site.
There is lots of open space for the children to run around and there are some small sections where you can get down to the waters edge (but obviously you have to be careful) and they had great fun throwing stones into the water.
The reservoir sits on the edge of the Peak District and the views and stunning; it really is beautiful. There are lots of different areas to explore, and this will be a place we will visit more and more as the children get older and can walk for longer periods. It really is such a beautiful setting and I look forward to exploring it more over the coming years.