Reservoir of the Week – Deer Hill

Remote, enigmatic Deer Hill Reservoir, lying on a high plateau at the foot of Shooter’s Nab on Marsden Moor’s Deer Hill. I like this reservoir because of its location, its name and the fact that I can quite easily access it from my house, being a nice couple of mile’s walk. It features as one of the places we pass on our newly conceived, and much worked upon, walking guidebook (my friend and I have been busily putting together a booklet of local walking routes of between 10 and 20 miles, routes of our devising specially designed to be easy to understand – more on this in later posts).

Like a lot of the surrounding area, this reservoir stands on land owned by Lord Dartmouth. Work completed on what was possibly the second reservoir on this site, in 1875, and I don’t know for sure but it might be a drinking water res. Water comes off the moor, and Bradley Brook runs down from Deer Hill into Slaithwaite where it joins the River Colne. Way back, the acidity from the landscape had corroded lead pipes within the reservoir, and that of the nearby, and larger, Blackmoorfoot Reservoir. This caused some lead poisoning until the problem was fixed.

Recently, we were up here in a gale force wind so strong that we nearly blown over and struggled to walk or even stand upright. I have visited here in hot sunshine and also February fog when nothing at all could be seen. This is a place full of weather. As this res is fairly high, and set into an embankment, it isn’t too easily seen unless you are up out of the valley or on the surrounding hills.

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This picture was taken in May this year at the very beginning of the summer and before drought conditions were playing havoc with water levels
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Shooter’s Nab is on the left, the shooting range lies in the bottom which restricts access across the moor when the red flag flies. The distant hill in the middle is Pule Hill in Marsden
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Late summer 2018 as water levels shrank
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Late October 2018
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Late October 2018, obviously this reservoir suffered, either as a direct result of water shortage and evaporation, or by being pumped away to feed other water sources
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The beautiful loneliness of Deer Hill

Next week: Blackmoorfoot, a very different character.

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