Peak District Walk – Derwent Edge & Ladybower Reservoir

For my first walk back in the Peak District after my holiday in Tasmania I went for an old favourite. Derwent Edge from the Ashopton Viaduct and back along the side of the Ladybower Reservoir. The weather was set to be good in the eastern part of the Peaks so off we went to burn away some of those Christmas calories. We set off from the viaduct and made our way across the road to begin the climb up to Whinstone Lee Tor. The sun was just beginning to rise above Bamford Edge as we left the Read more [...]

Peak District – Monsal Trail & The DJI Phantom 4

In this video we walk along the Monsal Trail from Bakewell to Millers Dale then back via Litton Mill and Cressbrook. I took my DJI Phantom 4 for it's first flight in the Peak District, we captured some great views of the Headstone Viaduct and even flew it though the headstone tunnel. After the flight through the dale I packed the drone away safely as the rain that had been forecasted started to arrive. We then walked down the trail to Millers Dale station for some much needed refreshments, Read more [...]

Peak District – Three Shire Heads & Shutlingsloe

In this video I parked at the Cat & Fiddle Inn and then headed over the moors towards Danebower and the old Colliery Chimney. After skipping over the very wet and boggy ground while following the river down stream I arrived at the border between Staffordshire, Cheshire and my beloved Derbyshire. Three Shire Heads is a fantastic spot and it is here that those 3 counties converge as the names suggests, It's well worth a visit and is the perfect place to stop for lunch or even just a breather. There Read more [...]

Peak District Walk – Monsal Dale & Ashford-in-the-Water

This videos sees us head to Monsal Dale for a nice but short circular walk of around 6 1/2 miles. We parked near the Monsal Head Inn and made our way down to the River Wye in Monsal Dale via the Headstone Viaduct. The route then took us down towards Deep Dale and eventually to ancient Packhorse Bridge at Ashford-in-the-Water. After a short stop to feed the ducks we then made our way up the hill and back around to Monsal Head. It was a short but sweet wander but ideal for a quick outing, we finished Read more [...]

Peak District – The Great Ridge – Mam Tor & Lose Hill Walk

This weeks wander was a relatively short one but one of those classic Peak District routes, The Great Ridge. My partner Lisa and I met up with some of her friends from work at Hope before walking over towards Castleton, The Broken Road and up on to Mam Tor after a quick stop at the Blue John Cafe. We picked a great spot for lunch overlooking the Hope Valley before heading along the Great Ridge to Lose Hill via Hollins Cross and Back Tor. The sun came out as we were walking the ridge so the gentle Read more [...]

Peak District – Eyam Moor & Wet Withens Stone Circle

In this walk we take in some of the history and sights up on Eyam Moor and the surrounding valleys. Eyam Village is a fascinating place that saw an outbreak of the bubonic plague in 1665, there is a hall and museum there which house some very interesting stories and are well worth a detour. We began by parking up on Sir William Hill road at the layby near grid reference SK 2245 7803. We then headed south towards Eyam to the first point of interest on the route, Mompesson's Well. The well or spring Read more [...]

Peak District – Cressbrook Dale & Peter’s Stones

This week I decided to head out along a route I had walked in the past, this time armed with my DSLR to make a video of some of the great spots you pass along the way. The last time I walked this way I recorded an episode of the Peak Routes Podcast which you can also listen too if you wish.... anyway, that aside. The snow had cleared, I had all my warm clothes packed so off I went across Beeley Moor towards Monsal Dale to park up near the Monsal Head Hotel. After taking the obligatory Read more [...]

Peak District – Wildboar Clough Scramble & Bleaklow

This week my friend Ray and I headed up on to Bleaklow via what is perhaps one of my favourite routes in the glorious Peak District, Wildboar Clough. It really is an excellent route and if you stick to the course of the river it can become pretty challenging in wet weather. We started the day by having breakfast in Hadfield, Ray and I always like going there as it was the filming location for perhaps one of the best British comedies of all time..... The League of Gentleman. Hadfield or should Read more [...]

Peak District – B-29 Superfortress Bomber & A Bothy

This weeks wander sees me return to a route that has become a firm favourite, it's one of those routes that I could quite happily do again and again as every time it feels different. Birchin Clough is a great place to start a walk, there are so many great options and you can sample long or short hikes from there. I set off from the car park and made my way down into the forest at the Snake Plantation in Lady Clough. I know that pine forests aren't really native to this part of the world Read more [...]

Peak District – Shining Tor & Goyt Valley

This week I headed out for a wander starting from the Cat & Fiddle Inn with my friends Jay & Matt. The day started off very overcast and as Jay and I arrived to meet Matt the cloud base was all the way down to the roof of the Inn. The weather was forecast to improve during the morning so we got kitted up and headed off into the mist. The first point of interest of the route was Shining Tor, in no time at all we had left the noise of the Cat & Fiddle road behind and were heading up the gentle Read more [...]