Derbyshire Landscapes

Over the last week I have been out into the Derbyshire Peak District to try and capture a few landscapes while the heather on the high gritstone moors is in bloom. First location was Derwent Edge above Ladybower Reservoir and the lovely weathered gritstone outcrop known as The Salt Cellar. It requires a bit of effort to get there, a steepish climb and a 1.5 hour walk from the road. The heather was patchy but it was a lovely evenings walk with wonderful views to the Kinder plateau. Red grouse flitted across the moorland with their piercing “go-back go-back” call breaking the silence.

The Salt Cellar on Derwent Edge

The Salt Cellar on Derwent Edge

View to Ladybower Reservoir and the Kinder Plateau from Derwent Edge at sunset

View to Ladybower Reservoir and the Kinder Plateau from Derwent Edge at sunset

A few days later I set my alarm for 4am and headed back into the Peak District, this time to Higger Tor, a gritstone tor overlooking the Burbage Valley. I wanted to photograph Higger Tor from Carl Wark, an iron age hill fort to the south east of Higger Tor. Monty was not impressed by the early start but once we arrived and started walking across the moor he was much happier.

Monty in purple heather on Carl Wark with Higger Tor in the distance

Monty in purple heather on Carl Wark with Higger Tor in the distance

Higger Tor from Carl Wark

Higger Tor from Carl Wark

Higger Tor from Carl Wark

Higger Tor from Carl Wark

Final location in the week was Millstone Edge and Over Owler Tor. The weather forecast was promising but conditions were very hazy so no classic sunset. However  it was great to be out and explore a new location ready for the next time.

View to Higger Tor from Over Owler Tor

View to Higger Tor from Over Owler Tor

View to Higger Tor from Over Owler Tor

Gritstone of Over Owler Tor