2020: Activity 9 – Derwent Reservoir

Todays Boys 2 and 3 and I visited Derwent Reservoir.

This summer I’ve shared regular updates of what we’ve been up to during the school holidays – you can see a summary at our 2020: 42 Activities of Summer page. 

This was our second visit to the reservoir.  The first time we parked at the main car park with toilets, a shop, and a playpark (postcode: DH8 9TT).  This time we parked at Pow Hill Country Park car park (postcode: DH8 9NU) which was free, and walked to the park.

Here’s the Relive video


And our photos

On route to Pow Hill Country Park we passed The BAA, The Boatshak, and YHA Edmundbyers which look great for future visits.

On route home we took a detour via Weardale to Stanhope to visit the stepping stones (and ford that has been closed down following several cars getting stuck in it).  It was a beautiful drive over the hills with sheep on the road a plenty.

Here are some pictures from Stanhope.


The boys loved it here, especially when Boy 2 caught a small fish.  The atmosphere was magic, with toddlers paddling in their wellies, and an older gentleman racing his dog back and forth whilst his partner sat in the sun smiling.

We’ll be making this a regular picnic stop when passing in future, and I’d love to visit the open air pool (re-opens in 2021).

Earlier in the day we visited the tip for the first time since coronavirus, to take some garden waste.  The tip have temporarily introduced and odd/even number plate system to manage traffic and reduce queuing.  The queue was short but we had a good 20 minutes wait.  This was because there were only three spaces next to the skips (compared to the usual 10-12) to prevent people passing each other when throwing things in the skips.

Have you visited Derwent Reservoir?   Or the Stanhope stepping stones?  Or the tip?

#DerwentReservoir  #PowHillCountryPark  #Weardale  #StanhopeSteppingStones  #Tip

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