Blue Lake

Back on the North York Moors and a change in the weather with rain overnight and poor visibility remaining. This reservoir was built to supply water for hydraulic equipment at nearby Home Farm. It’s located in Hutton Lowcross woods above the farm and was built in 1880 for Sir Joseph Whitwell Pease, a Quaker originally from Darlington whose family money came from the woollen business which was then invested wisely in the fledgling Darlington and Stockton Railway in 1818.

The reservoir was officially named the Hanging Stone Dam but became better known locally as the Blue Lake on account of the blueish tinge caused by mineral salts seeping out of the alum shales higher up the slope. Over the years the reservoir gradually silted up and lost its blueness and a Local Heritage Initiative enabled extensive restoration work was carried out in 2004/5.

My dog insisted on getting wet. Must be the Labrador in her.


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