Nidderdale & Washburn Walks
Date: 10th December 2005
Distance: 3.1 miles
Ascent: 189 feet
Time: 1 hours 20 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: SE198536
A quick drive out for a bit of fresh air on this short circuit of the lovely Swinsty Reservoir.
Route Summary: Anti-clockwise circuit of Swinsty Reservoir starting from Smithson's Lane
1. Swinsty Reservoir
2. Swinsty Reservoir
3. Geese flying in formation over Swinsty Reservoir
4. Fewston Reservoir
5. Swinsty Moor Plantation
6. Swinsty Hall
Walk Detail: Having been put off by the weekends forecast I had declined the chance to go walking with Matt. As it turned out the sun didn't stop shining in Harrogate and while I was grateful to get a few things done in town by the afternoon I was thoroughly depressed by being inside on a nice day.
As I was on my own until early evening I decided to go out for a little ramble mainly so I could take some photos. I've always liked Swinsty Reservoir so I thought it would be the perfect tonic for me. The walk itself is a very simple circuit with lovely views of Swinsty and also Fewston Reservoir. In the plantations on the western side a large female deer even crossed my path.
I could not quite shake of the winter blues from the morning though. The stark beauty of Rubbra's Violin Concerto, which I had purchased that day and listened to on the drive out, probably did not help.