No fishing for me this weekend with quite a few jobs to do around the house, errands to run and a christening to attend but I did manage to get my waterside fix yesterday morning when we took the dog for a walk, not being a great fan of walking without a purpose I usually try to persuade the wife that we should head for somewhere fishing related, sometimes I even win!
The venue for today was to be Swithland reservoir which I hold a permit for and isn't far from home. We parked at the top of a lane a little distance away from the water and made our way cautiously down the ice coated tarmac track looking across to the rolling hills of Charnwood forest with Beacon Hill in the far distance and the viaduct of the Great Central Railway cutting through the trees. Looking back uphill towards the car we stopped for a moment to admire the house perched on the edge of the fields with a view to die for, in fact the view was what made the place, it could be a two up two down for all I cared with an outlook like that. The temperature was still below freezing point approaching midday but it was a stunning day with the sun reflecting from the snow coated fields making the landscape glow and we passed several other folk out enjoying the day before we reached the locked reservoir gates that create one of the things that make a water special to me, privacy and peace. With no public access to the water only the angler, estate worker or water authority staff can walk the banks and on locking the gate behind you the feeling of being in a privileged place can't be ignored, in fact we were stopped by a patrolling Severn Trent warden within a few hundred yards enquiring as to what we were doing there, as soon as she departed happy that we weren't trespassing we had the place all to ourselves. A small strip of clear water towards the far bank was alive with waterfowl, other than that a huge sheet of ice lay before us.
|Walking on the lake bed|
|Tracks in the snow - the bottom lake looking towards the dam wall|
Last week I was considering what tickets I would have for the next season and thought that maybe I would let my Swithland place go, after yesterday I'm not sure that I can, I could quite easily spend my time down there without even casting a line because finding such a complete escape from modern day life is a very rare event.