The coniferous woodland along the shore gives the place a slightly ‘other worldly’ feeling.
I’ve heard it referred to as a wild Gruffalo trail recently and I can confirm this is an accurate description!
There was very little sound, apart from geese coming in to land on the water, and the odd creak in the trees overhead.
The secluded location, and the fact that the village of West End lies beneath it’s black waters, adds to the atmosphere.
The Drowned Village of West End
Thruscross is the most recent addition to the group of four reservoirs in the Washburn Valley.
Fewston, Swinsty and Lindley Wood are all much older, having been built in the latter part of the 19th century.
Following the decline of the flax industry, West End village was already largely derelict.
In 1966 the remaining tenants were evacuated, trees cleared and bodies exhumed from the churchyard.
The village was then flooded to create Thruscross reservoir.
When water levels drop dramatically, the foundations of the village can still be seen.
Evidence of a time gone by
A number of broken down stone walls run throughout the woodland.
They serve as a reminder of the people who once lived and worked the land here.
The shores of the reservoir are very stoney, and I found myself standing on what had once formed the floor of a building.
From what I’ve read, had I continued just a little further on, I would have seen what’s left of an old flax mill.
Big skies & changeable weather
Landscape photo opportunities abound in Yorkshire.
The big skies, and light that changes from one minute to the next, mean you’re never stuck for something to photograph.
Keeping a close eye on the weather becomes a habit. Especially when you’ve been caught out before.
When I saw these storm clouds gathering I decided it was time to head back to the car park before the rains came.
I didn’t fancy a soaking and there’s always a next time, after all.