Walton Dam Walk

Path through Walton Dam

Path through Walton Dam

The walk at Walton Dam happens to be one of my favourites.  It’s close by, long enough to make a good hours slow walk, and close enough to civilisation that there’s a handy supply of hot coffee and buns available when you’ve done.  For those who have yet to experience it, the entrance to the walk is just up the road from the Morrisions fuel station entrance near the junction of Chatsworth Road and Walton Road. (Here) – the green arrow, not the marker for Windsor Close…

The path is mostly wide, level and easy going, though it can get a bit muddy in the colder seasons.  The first part takes you along the side of the dam itself, and after a flat concrete bridge crossing over a spillway, you end up taking a short walk through woods, which look like this:

Path through Walton Dam Woods

Path through Walton Dam Woods

Follow this all the way through and you end up at the playing fields, at which point I usually do a nice wide circuit and head back the way I came.

The dam is home to plenty of bird shaped wildlife, mostly Mallard Ducks and Canadian Geese, although there’s a Greylag Goose which has been seen frequently, along with a family of Swans, Coots and Moorhens, and on one dusky evening, a grey Heron stood on the opposite bank.

Coot

Coot

I like Coots, they have awesome feet 🙂 (and you wonder where the Dinosaurs have gone – Tiro)

Coot feet

Coot feet

Greylag Goose

Greylag Goose

And one of the local swans:

Swan

Swan

There’s also plenty of flora about at this time of year:  firstly some red/ purple catkins (no idea what tree these are from, it had no leaves left and I’m not quite so good just identifying from the bark alone)

Catkins

catkins

There’s plenty of rotting wood around, which has some wonderful shapes and colours: – and the odd face hidden away…

Rotten Tree

Rotten Tree

Rotten Wood with Face

Rotten Wood with Face

rotten wood 2

rotten wood 2

There’s also a proliferation of waxy leaved Ivy, moss, the remains of Rose Bay Willow Herb down by the bank and tree fungi:

Rose Bay Willow Herb

Rose Bay Willow Herb

tree fungus

tree fungus

Spagnum Moss

Spagnum Moss

There’s a small stream which runs along the left hand side of the main path inside the woods (together with a larger river down the bank to your right): The day we went it was bright sunshine, producing some lovely patterns on the clear water:

Light on water

Light on water

Keeping my eye for the small things, I find a pine cone half way up the trunk of a Hawthorn tree, nestled in the remains of a side branch:

Pine cone

Pine cone

And the sure sign that the season is that of Spring:

Snowdrops

Snowdrops

It’s a wonderful end to a lovely morning’s quiet walking.

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5 thoughts on “Walton Dam Walk

  1. The stream is a continuation of the dam and for those who do not know the area the river to the right of the walk is the River Hipper with continues through Chesterfield to become the river Rother (Rotherham) and then on to become the River Don (Doncaster) . The Chesterfield Canal which can be accessed just beyond the small round-a-bout and with Chesterfield college in view to the left and off the A619 Worksop Road is another interesting walk and cycle route.

  2. When was Walton Dam North field made higher? I was told it was about 15 years ago.
    Lorries came in with large loads of top soil and then grassed. If you look at the field it slopes down more than it used to. I have been here 30 years and do not remember this.

  3. The field was made higher about 30 years ago, I used to go fishing and can remember it but not the exact date.

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