Event Photographer for Canal & River Trust
Updated: Feb 23
The Canal & River Trust were busy improving the pathways down the side of Combs reservoir in the High Peak, Derbyshire last weekend, here's a few photographs of the event.
The Canal & River Trust do a fantastic job of maintaining our waterways, much of the work below was carried out by the generous help of volunteers, but the motorised wheelbarrows do look quite fun.
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One team approaches the small bridge with their empty wheelbarrow. They've just completed another drop of gravel further down the pathway alongside the south edge of Combs reservoir. I used the bridge railings to frame the scene and a telephoto lens to get some good subject compression.
It's such a muddy footpath, especially in winter where you can only really walk down it wearing knee length wellington boots; unless your happy to ruin your clothes or get wet feet. It's great to see these improvements as it's a popular scenic trail especially for dog walkers. I guess the work will also help to protect embankments from erosion too.
A volunteer poses for camera whilst taking a brief rest from the work in the hot sunshine, framed by the arc of the concrete dam bank walkway.
More trips back and forth. Combs reservoir is located near Chapel-en-le-Frith in Derbyshire and is a popular local attraction for walkers, ramblers, fishermen and lake swimmers. I used to spin for pike here many years ago myself. I never caught the infamous monster pike that lives here though. He has a nickname but I can't remember it. My friend spotted him recently and insisted it was nearly as long as the kayak he was paddling in... sounds terrifying.
There is also a well-organised sailing club at Combs reservoir with membership offers and special events throughout the year.
The volunteers hard at work again using a small digger to resupply the wheel barrows with paving materials.
The High Peak in Derbyshire is beautiful in the summer, and this little brook is no exception.
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