Castleshaw Walk


I was going to blog this yesterday, but we were half way through our walk when my phone buzzed with the news about the death of Prince Philip and I thought it was best to wait until today to share these photos.

We decided to go for a walk in the Spring sunshine and thought that Castleshaw Reservoir was a good place to head to. We have been there once before and spent a lovely time exploring the ancient Roman camp, but this time we wanted to walk around the perimeter of the lower reservoir instead.

It was an absolutely glorious day, with true blue skies and towering white fluffy clouds, a chilly north wind and sunshine that was warm when the wind dropped. We haven’t been more than about 3 miles from home for the last year and it felt very heady to go so far away, but it was worth it.

Here’s a selection of photos from the day out.

I love the way that the sky is reflected in the water and how the colours differ depending on the cloud cover. The photo that stands out to me is the two daffodils, the one where one is standing and the other is broken and lying down. I took it just after noon, when the news of Prince Philip’s death was announced. I had my phone in my hand when the BBC alert landed because I was about to take this photo because I was attracted to the strength of the daffodil that stood tall. The photo reminds me of the monarchy, in particular the Queen and Prince Philip, where one has fallen and the other stands alone.

The walk was only about a mile and a half, but it took us so long because I kept stopping to take the photos and to absorb the view. It is a lovely place to visit and I can feel myself getting spiritually attached to here. It feels safe to walk round alone, and there is a sense of history as well as peace. We’ll definitely be back again.

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