On Saturday morning, our walking group was treated to a guided tour of the Newmillerdam area of Wakefield by one of the rangers. The weather was freezing and we had several snow showers and lots of ice and hard ground under foot.
The guide gave us some of the history of the woods around this area. These tree's in the plantation were grown to make pit props for local collieries (now all gone). Some one was clearly out to make a profit.
One of the woods we walked through had been owned by a famous photographer from Barnsley (who's name escapes me). He specialised in ghoulish montage postcards of pit disasters! We came across a derelict looking building in the woods. The photographer had plans to build a swimming pool here and these were going to be his changing rooms.
The pool looked very neglected now.
Some of the area's fair glistened when the sun shone, and we could feel the warmth of it too - but it didn't stay out for long.
It was an area I have not explored much, so I have plans to go back and have another look around.
We were soon back at the dam.
To my delight, the ranger took us back to his base in the boat house and popped the kettle on!
The hall that the lake had once belonged to is no longer there. It was demolished by Wakefield Council in the 1960's. Such a shame.
If I hadn't been walking with the group, I doubt that I would have ventured out on this morning as it was very cold and showery, but I really enjoyed this walk - as I do each and every one of them!