THE FISHPOOL VALLEY PROJECT 2019
, The Autumn Visit
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Earlier in the
year I had been invited to deliver one of the series of talks known as
the 'Ludlow Lectures'. Of course I was delighted to be asked and having
agreed took the opportunity of visiting Fishpool Valley for the first
time 'out of season' as it were. Recent heavy rainfall and falling
leaves revealed a valley alive with the sound of rushing waters and
full of unexpected vistas and sites. Having only seen it previously in
dry summers with barely a trickle of water it was a real revelation.
The pump house, roof fixed, viewing platform installed and scaffolding removed now, 'open for business'.
... and here is the information panel inside with some of our
illustrations. The platform enables visitors to get close to the
remains of the beam pump, really some more recording could be done now
it's more accessible.
We worked on the spillway for dam 6, recorded and repaired earlier in the year and taking the water....
.. to this attractive little waterfall, never seen in action before.
The most striking change was further up the valley and dam 7, here is a
general view of the new spillway and refurbished cascade.
The cascade on dam 7 with suitably tumultuous waters pouring down and flowing away.
The incoming flow to the cascade, still needs a debris catcher and dam 7 now has pool 7, marvelous.
Not too sure though about the spillway, it looks huge and rather industrial. I expect it will mellow with age.
Up at the grotto we now have that longed for view of the cascade and
pool to enjoy and a nice timber seat to sit on and look down the valley.
The conduit house was was also alive with rushing water, some of it
from the spring up by the track and some spurting out from the walls of
Structurally everything seems to be holding up quite well but work will
have to be done to ensure the site's long term preservation.
Up at the car park visitors can help themselves to this charming and totally up to the minute little guidebook.