Earnsdale Reservoir, Darwen

Earnsdale Reservoir, Darwen, at sunset

One reservoir in different moods.

Jubilee Tower from Earnsdale Reservoir
Jubilee Tower in the distance

But then, perhaps the sky is the moody one, lending its colours and atmosphere to the water.

Reservoir at dusk

For bodies of water like this are deep and calm, with an air of waiting that makes them restful. Most walkers are drawn to pause here and gaze over the stone wall to take in the view.

Earnsdale Reservoir, Darwen, with clouds at dusk

Earnsdale Reservoir is a few steps away from the top entrance to Sunnyhurst Wood in Darwen. The moor above it is part of the West Pennine Moors Site of Special Scientific Interest, a protected area.

I shared another of its moods here.

19 Replies to “Earnsdale Reservoir, Darwen”

  1. It’s a good question: is the mood in the sky or in the water? Most likely they are in cahoots. The sense of calm is wonderful; I know I too would be leaning over the stone wall. I am drawn especially to that third photo though I can’t say exactly why. Those birds in the last photo look suspiciously like geese. Maybe if I showed this photo to the geese in my back yard, they’d move there.

    1. It’s worth a try! They’d be free to honk to their heart’s content, not that yours feel constrained by permissibility.

      1. My geese are constrained by exactly nothing. By the way, I did click on that link and was completely undone by Roddlesworth, The Strawberry Duck in Entwistle, Donkey Brew, and Tockholes. These are such great names! I admire every one!

  2. Most definitely the sky I would say, though the wind plays a part too in whether the water is smooth and mirror-like or rippled. What a lovely place to have on your doorstop. I hope you are keeping well in Darwen. Once again it hits the news with Covid cases.

    1. We have broken no end of unenviable records. That may be why I was drawn to share skies with grey clouds. I was a bit taken aback to watch Boris say he felt sorry for people in Blackburn with Darwen and Bolton (but oh well, implied).

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