Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England


Are the Fish Fresh?

They won’t be, unless I get on and post about them, as  promised.

So back to Bakewell (and I have been, this very day,  back to a rendezvous in a car park, to hand back all the goodies I borrowed.)

For fine fish you need a splash or two of water, quality water.

The river Wye

The River Wye rises on Axe Edge above Buxton and flows in a south easterly direction through Buxton and Bakewell to join the Derwent at Rowsley, 15 miles later.

Perhaps one of Derbyshire’s prettiest and better known rivers because of it’s limestone uplands and superb dales and on account of Buxton, Bakewell and Haddon Hall, all popular with visitors.

The river disappears underground soon after its source and re-emerges in Poole’s Cavern to flow down into the town centre of Buxton via Pavilion Gardens, though their is little to see of the river, still only a stream in Buxton, as when the 5th Duke of Devonshire built The Crescent between 1780 and 1784 he culverted the river to pass beneath the building, and more recently it has been culverted again to pass beneath the Spring Gardens shopping centre. Below Buxton it starts to grow into a sizeable river running through a series of gorges, often deep and narrow, tree lined in places as in Ashwood Dale, with steep cliffs raring up from the sides of the valley as in Cheedale.

The fish, are they trout?

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Hang around under the bridge in the centre of Bakewell 

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As it offers rich pickings from the visitors and locals who feed them,

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It’s a bit of a free for all when food is in the offing though,

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I can report, the fish were faster than the birds

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