The Peak District – Ladybower Reservoir Walk

The next day we went for a less mountainous walk but definitely a long one. Recommended by both my stepmum and my sister to myself and Maddie had also seen this walk online, we headed to the Lady Bower Reservoir! We parked up again in a lay-by on the side of the road and there was a lot of parking so it wasn’t hard to get a space. We unpacked, re packed and put on our boots and were ready to go!

The walk around the reservoir is at least an hour and a half to two hours and when we started the sun was shining. the walk itself is fairly flat except for once you reach the other end of the reservoir and there’s a slight including to then get you onto the next section of the walk, the walk back to where you started along the other side!

The views around the lake are gorgeous, you go from walking out in the open at the start and then walking in-between high fern trees, then out in between bracken as you walk beside the open water, then back into the thick trees again until we reached the opposite end of the reservoir. We decided as the heavens opened and there was a couple of benches shrouded by the trees we could stop for some lunch!

Once we were back on the walk we passed the information centre and as we kept walking along the path you could hear the water before we saw it. In between the trees you could see this huge waterfall ahead of us, although it wasn’t a waterfall, it was the Derwent Dam! Derwent Dam is in between the Derwent Reservoir and Lady Bower separating the two bodies of water. Lady bower being the final reservoir the water flows into out of the three (the first being Howden Reservoir, then Derwent and finally Lady Bower). It had rained so much that the dam was actually overflowing which was a really cool sight to see as not everyone is this lucky!

Once we had marvelled at the Dam and the sign post in front of the dam which was obviously well aged as if you swam in the water it was only a £5 fine, we decided to continue on our walk around the reservoir. Unfortunately we weren’t so lucky this time around and when we thought the rain had stopped over lunch the heavens opened again! The walk back in the rain was just as pleasant because we were all so kitted out and prepared for it. It was just as lovely with our hoods up and muddy boots. The best part about walks like that are that once you reach home and your cold and wet you can get all cosy with a cuppa tea by the fire and a book.

BUT it was way to soon once we had finished the walk to go back and chill by the fire so there was only one option for it, PUB! We headed across to the Lady Bower Pub which is just off the reservoir and it was perfect, well priced, big car park and only two minutes away. we had some pints, a cuppa tea and some hot food, NACHOS. Well deserved.

THEN it was time to go home and really curl up by the fire this time. Last stop on our trip is Bakewell! Stay tuned for our food adventures there.

The Blog Brew – Drowning Prevention Week: How to be safe in the water.

And we are back with another month of Blog Brew collaboration posts from the girls! This month we are focusing on Awareness days/weeks!

Drowning Prevention Week, How to be safe in the water.

Drowning prevention week is something that is very important to myself. I have always lived by the sea all my life, been a water baby and for 4 summers I was an RNLI Lifeguard for my local beaches. I understand how important it is to be safe when swimming in the ocean and you should too. I will be writing from the perspective of being careful in the sea but this also is the same for swimming pools and any body of water you want to go in so you can #BeALifesaver, the official RLSS Drowning Prevention Week hashtag!

Did you know it takes only 3 minutes for you to drown?

Over 700 people drown every year. Here is how you can swim safely!

Look out for lifeguards.

They are here to help! Most importantly make sure you SWIM BETWEEN THE RED AND YELLOW FLAGS. These flags are there for a reason, it is the safest place to swim on the beach and that area is also being monitored by the lifeguards so if you do get in any trouble for whatever reason they will be there to lend a helping hand. Its the same at a swimming pool, the lifeguards are there to help. If you are swimming in an area where lifeguards do not operate ensure to keep an eye on the points below and be careful.

Its Colder than it looks.

Cold water shock. You know when you run, jump or dive into some cold water and it takes your breath away? That is cold water shock. The shock of the cold water on your body can prevent you from being able to draw breath and this can prevent you form being able to swim or help yourself.

Don’t go too far.

If you are out of your depth and unable to stand you may find the currents are stronger than your swimming ability, which brings us to the next point…

Its stronger than it looks.

Some currents can be so strong it could sweep you away within seconds. Never underestimate and undercurrent. You might not be able to see it but if you can see you’re moving along the shoreline it’s definitely there. A prime example is rip tide. If you swim into a rip tide this will pull you out to sea. If you feel you are being pulled out tot see and unable to swim against this current SWIM SIDEWAYS. A rip current is almost like a funnel of water. If you swim left or right of this funnel you should eventually reach the outside area of the rip tide. Although you are till not save once outside the rip. which bring us to the next point of….

Bringing a friend!

Make sure if you are not a strong swimmer or you want to feel that much safer always ensure to bring a friend and don’t swim alone. Especially if you aren’t confident, if you are then ensure you are nearby lifeguards so they may assist you if you need help!

If at a swimming pool, FOLLOW POOL RULES.

These rules are there for a reason. To look after yourself, your family, your friends and everyone around you. Ensure your own safety and others, make sure to notify the lifeguard if you have any issues.

#BEALIFESAVER this year.

With our beaches having a limited lifeguard presence this year due to Covid-19 remember to swim and stay safe where and when you can, head to the link below to stay safe in the water all year around in pools, open water swimming and the ocean.

https://www.rlss.org.uk/Pages/Category/water-safety-information

BLOGGERS TAKING PART IN THIS COLLABORATION

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10th June – Head over to  https://perselem.blog

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17th June – Head over to https://talesofbelle.com

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