I have had a mind to add a few extra pictures from a walk I did in the Peak District last October. The opportunity of a midweek autumn walk presented itself to me when I got a day off from work for time owed. The weather was definitely autumnal but this leant itself to a perfect day’s walking.
I decided to walk from Mam Tor to Lose Hill and then switch over the Edale Valley and walk up Crookstone Hill for a bit of variety. The “motorway” that is the ridge from Mam Tor to Lose Hill was well populated with walkers but not inundated. Even though it is well visited its still a very nice walk with grand expansive views all around.
Having walked along the ridge to just below Lose Hill I dropped down into the Edale Valley and then up over to the next ridge that becomes Crookstone Hill and on to the fantastically named Madwoman’s Stones before tracking along the ridge to Nether Tor and down to Edale itself to finish off.
Crookstone Hill is definitely one of my favourite spots. On this day it was chilly and the pale sun just about shone through the cloud layer giving everything an ethereal aspect. There are two trees standing alone on an otherwise barren rough grass moorland landscape and they create a very real feeling of solitude. The whole place was very atmospheric and with a cold breeze blowing, there was a promise of a harsh winter to come.
I followed the ridge for a while until I got to Nether Tor and then decided to descend back into the valley as the clouds were beginning to get very dark at that point. After coming off the ridge and on the way back into the valley where I had parked my car, I chanced upon a lovely example of a Peak District cottage nestling in the Edale Valley. Just the kind of place I could see myself living in, pipe: slippers, dog and roaring fire the obligatory additions to the dream….
So, a very quick report on an autumn walk in the Lovely rolling hills of the Peak District last October. I shall miss the Peak District now that I am living in Wales again, but I will visit again sometime I am sure.