Linacre Reservoir and Woods

Recently we got to spend a couple of wonderful hours at Linacre exploring the woods and reservoirs.  Despite the closeness, it’s not a place I’ve ever been before, and so was rightfully amazed at everything.  The 200 acre site has three reservoirs which you can walk round on managed pathways.  The accompanying woodland is a mixture of conifers and deciduous trees, making for some wonderful shots as the light comes down through the fresh leaves, painting everything new-born green.  Spring is giving way to Summer, even though the bluebells, new hatched tadpoles and unfurling bracken are still catching up.  The colours and light were fantastic, if you’re not fond of green, look away now…

linacre woods

linacre woods

Alum

Alum

bluebells

bluebells

bracken

bracken

As we walked round we began to see the odd tadpole and marvelled at them squiggling around in the shallow water. I tried to get a shot, but unsurprisingly they wouldn’t stay still long enough… I’d admitted graceful defeat, going back to non moving targets, when we crossed a bridge, looked down and saw this…

tadpoles

tadpoles

linacre paths 1

linacre paths 1

linacre woods

linacre woods

linacre pine cone

linacre pine cone

linacre woods

linacre woods

linacre field and sky

linacre field and sky

linacre paths 2

linacre paths 2

'Not Billberries but something else...'

'Not Billberries but something else...'

linacre three trees

linacre three trees

linacre dandelion clock

linacre dandelion clock

Linacre panoramic

Linacre panoramic

My first go with the panoramic function on the camera, apart from the flaw in the wall it’s not turned out too badly.

Through the woods are a number of carved wooden sculptures, such as this giant leaf:

linacre carved leaf

linacre carved leaf

linacre carved house

linacre carved house

linacre carved house 2

linacre carved house 2

linacre reservoir

linacre reservoir

oakleaf

oakleaf

linacre bluebells 2

linacre bluebells 2

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4 thoughts on “Linacre Reservoir and Woods

  1. We go to Linacre quite often. If you look on my facebook photos in the mobile folder, you will see a few more shots of the lakes.
    Last time we visited, we were watching a grass snake for a few minutes, before he decided to slink away and hide!
    I find this a truly uplifting place. A must for everyone, even in the depths of Winter.

  2. Y’know I did wonder if I gotten them right or not… The bright green leaves and little berries were what made me think so, but I guess that there’s plenty out there like that right now. I shall henceforth label them “not bilberries but something else”. Thankies 🙂

    Right: future readers, what’s the proper name for the ‘not bilberries’? Virtual cookie to the first correct response…

  3. Greetings folks, stumbled across your truly uplifting site when browsing items for the Reservoirs at Linacre Woods.
    I was there for the first time two days ago working in the woodland thinning trees. I started a conservation course with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers on wednesday. I found the whole area magical.
    I had not come across Chesterfield Pagans before. I used to attend gatherings with Derbyshire pagans but the distance was too great.
    Does anyone have any info on thespring/well? There appear to be two small troughs but they seem small for livestock and I wondered if it was a source of drinking water for the inhabitants prior to the resers being built. I understand from the course tutor that much of the modern woodland was arable land previously before the water board planted.
    Waiting impatiently for the continuation of the course next week, I enjoyed it so much. It has stimulated me to enrol to do some voluntary work for the RSPB at Dovestone near Glossop.
    When I were nowt bur a lad we called bilberries whimberries and there is a small woodland near where I live called whimberry wood. Not too with it on plants and herbs…the pix may be of Hedge Woundwart.
    Re carvings; the resers were frozen this week and some prats had taken stones from the walls and thrown them on to the ice whilst a moron had taken a huge carving of an acorn and chucked that in.
    Re Grass Snake, I understand there are several in the area with the largest seen around a metre in length.
    Now I have found the site will continue to pop along.
    By the way has anyone any comments about the Bullring Henge in Dove Holes (one of my two favourite sacred spaces). The other is Castle Naze Hill Fort near Chapel en le Frith!

    • Hail and Welcome 🙂
      I did some work alongside the BTCV a good few years back when I lived in West Yorkshire, solid bunch and taught me a greater appreciation of the natural world and how to help conserve andmanage it. Chesterfield Pagans are still within Derbyshire Pagans, but we meet in the north of the county instead, makes it easier for travelling and so forth. Our next moot is this Tuesday night coming if you fancy it? I don’t think we have a talk or anything planned, but there’ll still be folks there to have a natter to. I’ll ask about the spring/wells at Linacre and the other two sites for you, if you can’t get, ’tis a bit sudden and all that… I’ll post any replies that I get back here.
      Will you abe able to retrieve the wall stones, and more importantly the sculpture before the ice melts? I would hate to think that they would be lost because of someone’s deliberate… well, let’s just say I can’t type the words out – it’s a family site after all – but I think you understand what I mean.
      Think I can remember going walking up at Dovestone a while ago, it’s beautiful up there. Went walking along the ridge, heather and peat above the valley, sat on sun-warmed stone overlooking the edge. I can well remember how sore my legs were the day after o.O must go back there at some point.
      Keep calling back, the site gets updated every few days with something new 🙂

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