A day out at Derwent Dams – Smudge

Smudge at Derwent Dam near our peak district cottages

Me with Derwent Dam in the background

At long last a  walk! We set of early from our cottages (click here) to make sure we got a parking space at the Derwent Dam car park. This of course meant going in the CAR. But as I knew we were going for a walk it wasn’t too bad. Master tells me that Derwent Dam  is where  the famous  ‘Dam Busters’ practiced and where the old film was made. But more importantly it is where we are let off our leads almost  immediately which means we can explore a lot more than normal.  It was a beautiful day so there were lots of squirrels and even better loads of grouse around on the moor. Grouse are funny as they make such a strange noise when they get excited.  We were taken all the way down Derwent reservoir then up on to the moor where you get spectacular views of Howden Dam and the Derwent reservoir. Lunch was a major disappointment – again. Nothing for us but we did manage to try and round up a few grouse.

Derwent dam near our peak district cottages

Derwent Dam from the car park

The walk took a lot longer than it should have because of course mistress did a lot of the ‘stopping to admire the view’ thing she does.  The climb up onto the moor seemed a bit slow as well. I think Master and Mistress are getting a bit out of shape. We sat at the top for ages waiting for them. Idiot brother got himself into a bit of a tizz on the way down. For some reason he just wouldn’t go through one of the gates. Master had to drag him through but as soon as he was released he went back under the gate. In the end master had to put him on his lead  and drag him through the gate and down the field. I don’t know what was the matter with him. There were no cows or anything else around that usually upsets him.  Anyhow in spite of idiot brother it was a very nice walk.

Howden Dam near our peak district pet friendly holiday cottages

Howden Dam

Yesterday was a bit traumatic. The electricians were back. I don’t like the electricians. Every time they come, lights go on and off and things beep. Idiot brother disappeared upstairs (we are not allowed upstairs) to hide so I followed him. This didn’t go down well and in the end we were banned to one of the cottages where our handyman was working. At least it was relatively peaceful and quiet there.


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