Tunstall Reservoir, just north of Wolsingham, on a New Year’s Day walk.

Descending back to the reservoir.

Daisy Hill local nature reserve is a restored landscape following the end of open-cast coal mining in 1992.

Joe’s Pond at the Rainton Meadows nature reserve is also on the site of former open-cast coal mining.


Pictures from a visit to the Locomotion museum, Shildon, in early February. (L) Timothy Hackworth’s Sans Pareil locomotive participated in Rainhill Trails. In an interesting example of Victorian restoration (as opposed the useful pattern of enthusiastic “modernisation”) the locomotive was restored and presented to the predecessor of the Science Museum in 1864. (R) This static picture does poor justice to Rowland Emett‘s wonderfully whimsical moving sculpture, A Quiet Afternoon in the Cloud Cuckoo Valley.

Continuing the theme of nature reserves on former open-cast mining sites, Oakenshaw nature reserve.

The magnificent St. Cuthbert’s chapel at a return visit to Ushaw College.


High water levels at Derwent Reservoir in late February. One of the largest reservoirs in England, it is the main water source for the Tyne and Wear area.

January & February 2020