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Hike to the Woolpacks on Kinder Scout via Upper Booth – Peak District

The Woolpacks is a stunning area on the Kinder Scout plateau in the Peak District National Park with beautifully sculptured boulders scattered all around, sculptured by the elements I hasten to add.  The widely scattered rock formations and boulders are a real spectacle and without visiting in person it’s hard to relay the atmosphere they create on this expanse of peat and heather covered moorland. Views across the Edale valley are amazing on a good clear day, and I would advise a hike up here on a fair day due to the remoteness of the moorland a top of...

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The Tales of Derbyshire’s Magpie Mine

The Magpie Mine, a 200 year old Derbyshire lead mine in the Derbyshire Dales, roughly 5km from Bakewell. No longer is it filled with lead and mining opportunities but instead filled with stories of murder, tales of underground clashes, unstable profits and “the widow’s curse.” Derbyshire’s Magpie Mine is a scheduled ancient monument set in a picturesque landscape that seems to be typical to this scenic part of the peak district at the village of Sheldon, near Bakewell. A magnificent landscape lies before the eye but, if however we were to transport ourselves back in time to 1740 when...

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Hope Valley Circular Via Bamford Village

Hope Valley in Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park derives its name from the village of Hope. The area was mentioned in the Doomsday Book in 926ad recording that a local battle was won by King Athelstan, and it was also mentioned that Hope village had a church and a priest, quite a rare occurrence at that time in Derbyshire. The nearby Win Hill Pike and Lose Hill are said to be named so after a battle with King Edwin of Northumbria and King Cuicholm of Wessex in 626ad. The ancient trading route The Portway is nearby, and the river...

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Win Hill Pike – A snow covered pimple

Known locally as the Pimple, Win Hill Pike in the Derbyshire Peak District is a feature of the lovely Hope Valley area, a place I return to regularly. The winter’s snow drew my soul up to this peaceful wonderland on the first day of February. I’ve spent many memorable summer days hiking up to Win Hill Pike and down again through the lush pines to Ladybower reservoir and beyond, but there really is nothing like a wintery covering up on the peaks to make it a magical experience. I wanted to share the stillness, the tranquility and heavenly views...

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A Tranquil Walk on Hathersage Moor

Hathersage Moor in the Peak District National Park is a peaceful and stunning location in any season, any weather. The area mainly consists of beautiful open moorland, bracken and dramatic stony outcrops with Burbage brook running through the grassland. For me a favourite spot is the Iron Age Hill Fort, Carl Wark.  Carl Wark is a scheduled monument and has been described as “Unlike any other structure found in Northern England.” Another favourite location close by is the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate and the Old Hunting Lodge, a great place to stop for a hot chocolate or a lovely...

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Dark Hills and Green Dales – An Edale walk

A winter’s walk in the peaks to clear the head and lighten the soul. There’s nothing quite so simple, yet so pleasing for me as taking a breathtaking walk in the hills. All of the contrasting colour and texture draws my eye, the bracken is now a burnt umber and is receding for winter, even the grassy pastures that were once a bright vibrant playing field green is now a pale faded sepia tone. The Derbyshire stone walls remain ever the same stone grey with spots of lichen, a constant in this ever changing environment. The tree line is...

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