Not another ‘Autumn’ blog post.

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You’ve probably seen your fill of ‘autumn colour’ posts recently but I’m not apologising.

Last weekend a sunny day dawned out of the fog.

I stepped away from the sewing machine, which had been frustratingly skipping stitches on my recent jersey project and has ended up going for a service, and got out my mountain bike.

Newmillerdam autumn trees.

A 12 mile circular ride with just a very short distance on the road, right on my doorstep.

These are the woods around Newmillerdam reservoir. Newmillerdam Country Park was once part of an area known by the Norse name of Thurstonhaugh. The name changed when the area became part of the medieval ‘Chevet’ estate after a new corn mill was built in the village in 1285 and the area became known as New Myllne on Dam.

Newmillerdam autumn trees

Instead of racing round like a maniac, my usual tempo, I made myself take it slow and stop and admire the colour, taking time to look up, as well as down.

From the woods I headed to the Anglers Country Park.

Located 4 miles south-east of Wakefield, Anglers Country Park is dominated by several lakes, surrounded by grassland, woodland and a wetland area known as the ‘Pol’. At one time this was the deepest open cast coal mine in the country, reaching a depth of 250 feet.

The Heronry

And then turned back along the Barnsley canal which forms part of the Trans Penine Trial. The towpath of the disused Barnsley Canal running from Walton through to Old Royston cuts through the trees and in places, through a rocky gorge.

No boats today!!

My route then took a turn along a disused railway which form parts of our 40 mile long ‘Wakefield Wheel’ off road bike route before returning home.

Newmillerdam autumn trees

Just one more.

Newmillerdam autumn trees

OK. That’s my autumn colour fix for another year. Winter? Bring it on!

Love, Lucie xx


  1. Beautiful! I’ve been posting autumn color posts galore, and no one has tired of them yet (so they say and so I post…)
    So nice to see the colors from all around and across the pond. You have a lovely walking/riding/hiking/?? area!

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  2. I love seeing the colours like this – not so much when they are all over my terrace, inches deep and threatening to block the drains. A bit like snow – I like looking at it from a distance 😉

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  3. I was down in your neck of the woods last weekend at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. What a terrific area, I didn’t realise about all that history while there; a long off road bike route is terrific. I must spend longer in the area next time. Not sure about a 40 mile bike ride, though – oh, my knees! Isn’t it amazing the fantastic autumn days that have arisen out of some very heavy fog? Not so much ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness ‘ as proper dense fog but mild, certainly. And the colours this year are terrific.


    1. I LOVE the sculpture park! It’s one thing f my favourite places. I should go more often and on my own! I always get dragged away by my unappreciative husband and daughter! Have you been to the Hepworth?


  4. Lovely pics. It certainly was beautiful last weekend. I don’t mind bring on winter, but I’m hoping for something crisper than all this fog and rain.


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