11 April 2014

Our Trip to Eccup Reservoir

Since it's the school holidays, I had been planning to get the boys out as much as possible, no one wants to be stuck in the house during the holidays. So, obviously when we got invited to have a stroll around one of Yorkshire Waters many reservoirs, I said yes. To document our visit, Yorkshire Water sent us a camera to take shots on and this came in great use. 

After having a looks at their walks and leisure guide, I finally settled on Eccup Reservoir. The woodland surrounding the reservoir is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is nationally important for birds. The walk passes the village of Eccup, over a dam and alongside a local golf course and is 4.5 miles long. 

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We went on Monday but my husband had to work, so instead, myself, Thomas and Charlie went with my sister-in-law, Nina, her daughter, Laurel and their dog, Diesel. It was a very full car, but we got there in the end and I'm glad that we all got to go.

I must admit before we go any further, getting to the reservoir was a bit hard. It was about a 1/4 of a mile walk just to get to it from were we had parked and this crossed a golf course and very muddy pathways. It was beautiful when we got there though!

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Yorkshire Water provides households with an essential service. As one of the country's largest landowners they work closely with numerous tenants to capture rainwater in the best way - the minute it falls from the sky, so they can deliver the highest quality water possible to your tap.
It's a huge operation and often taken for granted when you turn on a tap or flush a toilet. The rain water falls into the reservoirs and then is processed from there, cleaning and travelling all the way to our taps.

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Rather than keeping the reservoirs and there beautiful landscapes and structural features (such as reservoirs walls) under lock and key, Yorkshire Water open up the sites for everyone to enjoy. It's free entry, free parking and idyllic walking routes and there are so many to choose from.

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We always think that reservoirs are just a place to keep water, but their surroundings are just stunning. The greenery, the trees, the birds, just the whole experience of being outdoors, walking around something that powers hundreds of thousands of houses water supplies. Something that the whole lot of us relies upon.

2 adults, 3 children, 2 prams and a dog later, it was very hard work. I think we picked the worst day possible to go as the weather was horrendous. This meant that the walkways were even muddier than usual which was very hard to get prams through. We made it though, slowly but surely, we got there. 

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Yorkshire Water make sure the precious resource of water is looked after from the water we drink to the safe removal of waste water. Allowing their customers to enjoy the beauty of these reservoirs empowers us all to take care of our little part of the world; playing a part in our Blueprint for Yorkshire!

I am so glad we brought our wellies as, after a long day trawling through rain and mud, we were all pretty muddy!

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7 comments:

  1. such a pretty area :) http://www.joannavictoria.co.uk/

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  2. I live just down the road from Eccup and it's beautiful all year round!

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  3. By the pictures, it looks like it was well worth the walk x

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  4. Oh this looks so lovely! A nice walk is always so refreshing! xx

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  5. It looks like it was defenetly worth the walk and rubbish weather - what great views! We're never been to Eccup Reservoir but it looks like a place we'd really enjoy. I agree, it's great that it's open to the public! Thanks for linking up with #YorkshireFamily

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  6. Looks like a lovely place to walk - my little ones love getting muddy and messy! :)

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  7. It looks so lovely - I once tried to go but couldn't find it hahahhaha my kids would deffs love it here. #YorkshireFamily

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