A terrible day for taking photographs. A terrible day, in fact, for walking, but at least there was hardly anyone around. However, I did have lunch in the cave featured in the bottom picture. The slopes were muddy, gates were surrounded by water. But the landscape here is wonderful. Conical hills and narrow valleys; fast-flowing rivers and loud weirs; woodlands full of oak, hazel, ash and rowan. The noise of skylarks surrounding higher ground. Very little flora around these parts, given the sheep have stripped the land bare – it’s wild, but not wild.
Tag: Peak District
First hike of the year. I chose wet, misty and practically gale force conditions to ascend Chrome Hill – a limestone reef knoll – and then continue in a big arc around the local area. Worth the effort of striding up through the mist, though it was pretty slippery up on those knife-edge rocks. Once the mist had cleared, the sun opened up to give that spectacular light you only ever see in the Peak District or Yorkshire Dales.