A Moorland Wander ~ Lensbaby Blog Circle (April)

For April’s Lensbaby blog circle post I had a lovely wander on the moors above Bolton with my Dad. I had taken the Burnside 35 and both of Velvet lenses with me, I still feel more naturally drawn to the longer focal length of the Velvet 85 but the wider view of the Burnside came in really useful for some of the landscapes.

I’ve got two surprising facts relating to my walk to share in this blog post:

1: That this actually happened….

lensbaby landscape photography in Bolton

lensbaby landscape photography in Bolton

It’s so hard to believe that 10,000 people would have marched along this path in 1896. It’s not the easiest place to access even now, in 1896 it would have been a long walk from anywhere. It’s hard to imagine that so many people cared enough about a public right of way when their lives probably weren’t easy.

UPDATE I decided to Google this while I was typing this post, apparently the local landowner decided to close the path so it wouldn’t interfere with his grouse shooting. Many of the protesters would have been spinners, miners, weavers and bleachworkers and their protest was aimed at the tyranny of landowner who was a local employers and anti socialism and trade unions. So now I understand why so many people cared!

2. That anyone would buy a 5.5 acre difficult to access reservoir…..

High up on the moors in a beautiful but remote and windswept location is Dean Mills reservoir. The reservoir was built in the 1800’s and is only accessible on foot. It’s not close to the nearest road and the path is steep and uneven but someone chose to buy it at a recent auction.

lensbaby landscape photography in Bolton

lensbaby landscape photography in Bolton

lensbaby landscape photography in Bolton

lensbaby landscape photography in Bolton

lensbaby landscape photography in Bolton

lensbaby landscape photography in Bolton

lensbaby landscape photography in Bolton

lensbaby landscape photography in Bolton

lensbaby landscape photography in Bolton

lensbaby landscape photography in Bolton

lensbaby landscape photography in Bolton

The Lensbaby Blog Circle is a small group of Lensbaby loving photographers scattered around the world so you might just go from my Lancashire moors to California in a few mouse clicks!

Click here to visit Katrin’s post which is the next in the circle, if you keep following the links you will eventually find your way back here!

6 Comments

  • Stephanie Reply

    Geez these are beautiful! I feel like i’m there!

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      Thanks so much Stephanie!!

  • Seonaid Teal Reply

    Very atmospheric and I loved the history lesson.

  • Birgit Reply

    What lovely landscape, and those colours..! The steps, paths, and narrow road, pictures spoke to me, particularly.

  • Keri Reply

    Love the scenery you captured, and the bit of history!

  • Ute Reply

    Love your landscape! Thanks for sharing from your end of the world. It’s so interesting to hear everybody’s stories.

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