For 360 views of the Peak District, it is hard to beat standing on top of Win Hill Pike on a clear day. Guarding access to the Upper Derwent Valley, it rises steeply from the valley floor to a height of 1500 feet. Along its western flank runs what is left of an ancient Roman road that connected two forts; Navio, near Hope and Milandra, Glossop. Its pine clad eastern side borders with the lower section of Ladybower reservoir which, along with Howden and Derwent, forms a trio of dams that serve nearby cities such as Sheffield and Manchester.
For this walk, we took a complete departure from our usual Derbyshire haunts and discovered this stunning hike along some of the Amalfi coast’s most spectacular scenery. This is not a walk for those who are afraid of heights as some sections of the path cling perilously to vertiginous cliff walls, so it goes without saying that a certain amount of sure footedness is prerequisite.
This is PhotoArks’s fourth article in a series illustrating our favourite photography walks. Note that these articles are not intended as walking guides, but merely indicate areas we find photographically interesting.
Cheedale…the name given to a narrow section of a carboniferous limestone gorge complex that runs into the more popular Millers and Monsal dales, carved by the waters of a juvenile river Wye. This is an area of stunning natural beauty and interesting geology, feeling a world away from the nearby market towns of Buxton and Bakewell. When viewed from the area around Chee Tor, it can almost be seen as a vertical slice of humanity, underpinned by long dead epochs. At the top are the pastures so important to modern farming, our villages and farms interconnected by modern roads and ancient packhorse trails. A little further down are the feint traces of a Romano-British settlement, reduced over the millennia to nothing more than a few humps and hollows that are difficult to see, even from the air. Nearby hills are testament to human occupation before this in the shape of Neolithic burial mounds and chambered tombs such as Five Wells. Field walking occasionally reveals flint scrapers, knives and arrowheads from these ancient cultures. Next are the deep strata of limestone, remnants of billions of marine creatures compressed over time by intense geological pressure, whose lives were played out in what was once a shallow tropical sea. Seismic activity and erosion over hundreds of millions of years give us the views we see today, and the echoes of explosive eruptions from extinct volcanoes can be viewed in railway cuttings south of Millers Dale. Cut through the rock are railway tunnels constructed in the 1860’s along with a network of supporting bridges and viaducts. The rumble of trains has long gone, their ghostly existence betrayed by soot clinging to damp tunnel walls. Rusting track has been removed to make way for recreation in the form of the Monsal Trail, which attracts thousands of cyclists and walkers annually. Through shadowy cool depths runs the Wye, its eroding qualities going unnoticed by man’s fleeting presence.
This is another article in a series illustrating our favourite photography walks. Note that these articles are not intended as walking guides, but are merely an indicator as to areas we find photographically interesting.