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Thruscross reservoir was created in the 1960’s when Yorkshire Water flooded a valley and a village – West End – to provide clean water for the cities of Leeds and Bradford.

I have always found it an eerie place and seldom visit it – but one day I took Shirl for a walk there. There are some very claustrophobic woods around one side and we got tangled in the branches and had to backtrack some distance. She promised never to go there again.

Then last year I was coming off the moors alone and it had become dark and foggy. I thought of going through Thruscross woods as a shortcut, but decided not to.

This is the reason why…

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