After Saturday’s walk up to Pudding Dyke Bridge I decided to do the whole of the Chesterfield canal top pound. As I’m not as fit as I used to be, I decided to do it just one way. So Train to Kiveton Park it was.
First though I had to wander round the pond and see the LWWDs. There was an interloping pair of grebes who were being kicked off by one of the residents.I’m not sure if they’ve gone, one grebe looks much like another and they all disappear under water from time to time.
Speaking of diving, grebes go under with a minimum of disturbance, leaving a few rings on the water; coots and tufted ducks make much more of a meal of it, splashing and wallowing down.
Kiveton Park station is next to Dog Kennel bridge.(map)
This used to be a “turnover” or “snake“ bridge where the horse could be left hitched to the boat while the towpath changed sides but is no longer.
A hundred yards up the canal there’s a drain entering across the other side.
Broadbridge Dyke feeder spills down an even more ornate cascade at the winding hole.
Back at the bridge the old pathway up the south-eastern bank is still there …
Along the top pound there are three narrow points where ““stop planks“ can be inserted to divide off sections of the pound for maintenance without losing too much water.
At Thorpe Top Treble lock a BW guy was letting water through to compensate for Jeanie Deans usage. With the amount of water spilling over Pudding Dyke weir it would not be missed in the top pound.