Tag: peak district

Eyam, The Peak District’s Plague Village

My previous articles have been a celebration of happy times, or of my appreciation of wonder and beauty. This article is slightly different in that respect. It does feature a very beautiful place, the village of Eyam in the Peak District. However due to village’s connection with the plague in the 17th century, there is much sadness to be remembered too when focusing on the place. I have been to the Peak District many times and I often go and visit the village of Eyam because of its interesting history. I began my most recent visit with a walk...

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Stanage Edge and Robin Hoods Cave – A Stroll in the Peak District

There’s nothing like good memories to warm the soul and an outing to Stanage Edge in the Derbyshire Peak District and discovering Robin Hoods cave will do just that, what a fun day trip, a memorable stroll with stunning views! Stanage Edge not only has pride of place in the hearts of hikers and climbers but is steadfast in my heart with glowing memories of adventures and romantic views that leave you yearning to return. Kiera Knightly in character as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice once stood upon a rock on Stanage Edge to experience freedom, and to breath in the fresh air. What a fantastic location to experience freedom and fresh air, on the edge taking in the scenery and of...

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A Derwent Dam Circular Walk in the Peak District

The Peak District for me is a constant love and magnet that is fascinating and rugged in any season, I’ve enjoyed walking in Derbyshire for most of my life and spent many happy times here with my family for well over 28 years, whether going the distance or a gentle stroll, it is all an adventure and always fun. The Derwent dam circular was again one of those memorable family days strolling along the shore of Ladybower reservoir in the Derbyshire Peak district. A short intro and a little history of the Derwent Dams; first and foremost known for its part in developing the bouncing bomb used during the second world war, the pilots of 617 Squadron used the Derwent dams to practice low level flights...

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A Kinder Scout Adventure in the Peak District

Kinder Scout Plateau is the highest point in the Derbyshire Peak District National Park, rising to 636 metres (2,087ft) above sea level at its highest point. In 1932 Kinder Scout Plateau was historically involved in a change of land accessibility law when the mass trespass occurred on the Edale side of the plateau. After the mass trespass event on the 24th April 1932, the “right to roam” law came about, granting free access on uncultivated land.   Our adventure began at one of my regular haunts in Derbyshire, Snake Pass and Ashop Valley which I’ve previously described in an earlier blog, Wanders around Snake Pass which gives a wider view of the area. Directions  to the start of our hike; Follow the a57 Glossop to...

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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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