For those of you who have had the pleasure of being a member of Yorkshire Anglers I’m sure you are by now aware of the sad end to our little retreat. In a way I’d already begun distancing myself from Beaver Dyke a while ago, to make the transition easier and only went up a couple of times this year. Even then I spent much of my time up on John O’Gaunts.
Well, morbid curiosity eventually got the better of me. I’ve been fishing Beaver Dyke for about 15 years or so and have many happy memories so the thought of my last visit being tarnished by seeing it in such a terrible state weighed heavy on me. Had to be done though, and let’s face it I have hundreds and hundreds of photos..in fact no a quick check tells me it’s over 2000…to fall back on for memories of happier times.
The usual path down to Happy Valley is now blocked off by the building site/portacabin setup so I cut down through the woods. There is basically nowt but a muddy puddle left and a sorry sight it is too. I wonder if they did manage to get all the fish out, I hope so. I also wonder how many hours I have spent fishing off this dam wall? Back when I smoked I used to love fishing off here for a while then sitting back with a cup of flask tea and a lovely fat hit of Amber Leaf whilst soaking up the sun and listening to the birdsong.
The ramparts have been built up for heavy machinery to move along the dam I assume, and you can just make out markings which seem to indicate where the structure will be breached.
No longer will I gaze out of the fishing hut whilst stuffing my fat face with the Holy Trinity of sandwich, crisps and chocolate bar.
Gotta say it doesn’t look so pretty now
I used to like pinging a fly out here. Never caught that many fish in this spot but it was part of the ritual and always worth a few casts just in case. The reservoir was very low in the ‘before’ pic I have uploaded but the new vista is still shocking.
If you would like to know more about Yorkshire Water’s reasoning behind this
money-saving endeavour then you can read their little spiel here. Interesting to here them say they “For five years we have been planning on how to undertake the decommissioning of Beaver Dyke reservoir”. I don’t think it ever stood a chance despite all our efforts to persuade them otherwise.