A view over a bridge at Dovestones Reservoir. Canon 550D with Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens, full sun. Processed from a raw shot copied three times then worked in photomatix pro, sharpened and coloured in cs5.
Dovestones Reservoir, Saddleworth, Oldham, England, UK
Dovestones Reservoir was built in 1967 to collect water from the surrounding moorlands. This received a lot of opposition from the local mill owners who claimed the damming of the river would cut off their water supply. As a result of this, a tunnel was built higher up in the hillside to bypass the reservoir.
Local myth has it the reservoir is named after a collection of stones on the skyline that look like a dove. To see these stones, walk along the dam wall towards the carpark and look up the hillside when you come to the corner of the dam wall and the tourist information sign. Another version is that in the local dialect some words of celtic origin (dubh for black) were still in usage when Ordnance Survey staff recorded and thus fixed the place name (a similar outcrop five miles to the north is known as Black Stone Edge). To the right on the adjacent skyline is a group of small crags that are known locally as “The Indian’s Head” due to their resemblance to an Indian’s face that is looking upwards, probably derived from the resemblance to the image on the reverse of the early twentieth century American coin known as the Indian’s Head Penny.