Fernilee Reservoir walk around

Submerged dry stone wall at Fernilee Reservoir, Goyt Valley, Derbyshire

This morning we had a walk around Fernilee Reservoir, located in the National Park of the Peak District, within the county of Derbyshire and very close to the border with Cheshire.

Fernilee reservoir was the first of two reservoirs incorporated into the Goyt Valley; the other is located at Errwood Reservoir. The reservoir was built by Stockport Water Corporation at the cost of £480,000, with work completed in 1938. It is currently owned and operated by United Utilities.

Fernilee Reservoir, Goyt Valley, Derbyshire

The reservoir provides drinking water to the city of Stockport and its surrounding areas and holds 4.940 million liters of water.

Why did we visit Fernilee Reservoir? Because of the recent droughts, we have had in Derbyshire, the result being that the old ghost village under the waters of Lady Bower in Derbyshire, can be seen pocking its head above water. I had heard rumors that the old dry stone walls which were submerged under the water at Fernilee reservoir could be seen.

A submerged dry stone wall at Fernilee Reservoir, Goyt Valley, Derbyshire

I was excited to see how the test of time and the bashing of water would damage dry stone walls and I was so surprised to see they were still standing.

A submerged dry stone wall at Fernilee Reservoir, Goyt Valley, Derbyshire

These walls must have been part of boundary walls of the time, and yet it is impossible to erase them from memory and sight, and show how once the field systems served the village.

Photographed with the morning light, so many visitors had walked out to the dry stone walls and built stacking stone monuments. This made interesting compositions in the landscape to photograph.

A submerged dry stone wall at Fernilee Reservoir, Goyt Valley, Derbyshire

I would highly recommend a walk around the reservoir before the rains come, just to hear the old dry stone walls talk to you.

A submerged dry stone wall at Fernilee Reservoir, Goyt Valley, Derbyshire

Here below is the inauguration ceremony at Fernilee reservoir in 1932

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