Dammed. A tricky night this at the dam. I ventured off way off track for this one. So off track in fact, there was no way I was going to get the car back up the incredibly steep muddy track that I navigated to get here. The car more fell down than drove, and a rudder should have been better than a steering wheel. I got a handful of images I was really pleased with as night fell. There wasn't a soul around. There was a reason for that as I was about to find out.
I knew there were access roads out if I drove over the dam. Which I did. But each one of the 5 gates was locked. And each with no less than 15 padlocks! I was totally trapped. No phone signal, no way out and in the middle of a moor with no one around for miles.
Then I saw a small cottage at the other side of one access gate. One light on. Small hope. Could they have a key? Will they answer the door...?! I wouldn't answer the door to me or anyone miles from anywhere in the night in middle of moors and woodland!
Please don't have dogs... they will be fully on guard.... I open the gate and see 4 huge dog cages inside. Adrenaline now screaming to get back the car and just stay there for the night. Was it worth risking this? It's only one night? It's cold and I need out of this place... I knock on the door. I wait for the howling with in. It doesn't come, but an old man emerges from the shadows. He looks as edgy as I do.
Then came the dogs.. 4 large dogs flew out of the darkness as I closed the front door on them to stop their progress.
He demanded to know how I'd got in. I explained my error. The internal dam roads are for access vehicles only i.e. Not for me. He was unimpressed and surly.
But he said he did have a key somewhere. If only he could find it. Begrudgingly he spent 10 minutes looking. And emerged with a handful of old keys!! We returned to the car. Now which of the Of these keys fitted the fight one of these 15 padlocks? This is going to take some time... After 20 minutes he thinks he's found the right rusty padlock and key combination. He turns the key. It won't budge. He turns harder. Snap....the key shears clean off in the padlock.... It seems I am doomed to a night at the dam..