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

chocolate dipper-2



Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

8 thoughts on “Are the Fish Fresh?

  1. The fish came out well. I was trying to photograph some yesterday but the water was not very clear so my fish look misty.

    Is your “chocolate dipper” a black-headed gull? They are among my favourite birds. Either way, it’s a spiffing shot, with just the right amount of movement blur. They are master fliers and can hang in the air as though attached to threads and scoop food off the water, even in the sea. Fun to watch.

  2. Those shots of the fish are fantastic – the fish are also very beautiful.

    Don’t know what they are though, I can only identify fish by the labels at the fishmongers.

  3. Cool fish, and outstanding gull! I’m envious. Those might be trout but if they are they are unusually long and slender and whippy trout in comparison to the ones I see.

  4. Rainbow trout. The red stripe gives them away.

  5. Did you take Spud? What did he make of the fish?

    • Spud doesn’t really bother about fish, there are plenty on the pond, and they just about come up and nibble him on the nose when he takes a drink.
      (he didn’t come to Bakewell, no room in the car)

  6. I like the pic of the fish eyeballing the duck. Glad to hear that it got away.

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