Covenham Reservoir is a totally man made structure. It measures about 1km by 1km and is a store for water which can be pumped up from the nearby disused Louth Navigation Canal. Most of our water comes from underground aquifers but the level in these can be very low in years with little rain so Covenham Reservoir can act as a reserve supply. As it rises about 20m (60 feet) above the surrounding flat countryside whichever of the two methods of access is chosen it is a steep climb.
Views from the bottom and top of the steps:
The main problems using the steps, apart from their steepness, are the stiles which have to be negotiated top and bottom. Neither are suitable for Penny to jump. They are designed to keep sheep which graze on the grass outside the structure from entering the footpath.
The other way is suitable for cars as there is a watersports centre at the top:
Once at the top you get the first views of the reservoir:
From the footpath you can look down on the car park where I parked the battle wagon:
The only other structure, apart from the watersports centre, is the visible part of the pumping and water treatment centre at the far end:
The reservoir is lined with concrete to stop marginal water plants from growing. By the layers of water weed it is possible to gauge how full, or empty, it is:
Apart from it being a pleasant outing on a hot Summers day there were two reasons to go. One was to see if there was any human activity; sailing or wind surfing. The other was to see what wild birds, if any, were to be spotted. More about those later.