Paddling at Low Bradfield and Damflask Reservoir, Sheffield

Paddling at Low Bradfield and Damflask Reservoir, Sheffield | Free day out in the countryside

I love taking Eric out into the countryside for a picnic, a walk and some wild paddling. Eric loves this simple activity – he loves to throw rocks around, spot wildlife, get messy and most of all IT’S FREE FUN! One of my favourite places to go wild paddling is Padley Gorge, but another place we enjoy a spot of Paddling at Low Bradfield and Damflask Reservoir, Sheffield.

Quick look at Low Bradfield:

TAKE WELLIES! I wasn’t prepared and he went in with his shoes on haha!

Low Bradfield is a picturesque little village on the edge of North Sheffield in the Peak District. Still within Sheffield border means that to get here is quick, easy to get to and doesn’t feel miles away from home. If you’re traveling by bus, like us, this means you only have to pay for a usual sheffield day ticket too. I love a day out at Low Bradfield for it’s simplicity and escapism.

Paddling at Low Bradfield and Damflask Reservoir, Sheffield

This time I headed down there with some of my friends. We started at Smithy Bridge in Low Bradfield which is home to lots of ducks and geese, it is a beautiful picnic spot and has great paddling opportunities here. Don’t miss out on this little part in the village, we love it here.

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Smithy Bridge picnic and paddling spot
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Smithy Bridge picnic and paddling spot
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Smithy Bridge picnic and paddling spot
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Smithy Bridge picnic and paddling spot
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Smithy Bridge picnic and paddling spot
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Smithy Bridge picnic and paddling spot
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Smithy Bridge picnic and paddling spot

After a play here we went to the village play park (see here for how to find it), we walked to Damflask Reservoir; just 5 minutes from the village Low Bradfield. This reservoir is accessible for all with a flat path going all around and if you head down the grassy verge you can get onto “the beach” for a picnic. I didn’t take my camera with me as didn’t intend to get footage for blogging, but I couldn’t resist to share these with you that I took on my phone.

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Damflask Reservoir
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The ducks came to see us!
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Damflask Reservoir

We managed our picnic just before the rain started, I’m so glad it held out for us! It was home time after this, the children were all explored out and the adults a bit soggy from the rain. There is a lovely family pub in Low Bradfield for hot meals and drinks if you need warming up before heading home, if you get caught out in the bad weather like us.

It’s nice to come here throughout all seasons. A winter walk around the reservoir is a lovely day out in the colder season, but paddling and picnics per

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