17 Jun 2014

Wildlife Walk in the Peaks

We live quite close to the Peak District, which I continually feel grateful for.  I love being able to hop in the car and be in the middle of stunning countryside in less than half an hour.  This time our destination was the far north of Derwent Valley.  There is an old cart road which snakes alongside the river, which leads away from the reservoir and further into the hills and moorland.  It is great for nature spotting as it is quite a sheltered area, plus there are lots of different plants and trees.




We did our usual of chatting away whilst taking in the gorgeous surroundings, but were pleasantly surprised by the quantity of wildlife that we saw.  There were the usual fluffy sheep and their rather chubby lambs and many interesting insects, including quite a few butterflies who were unfortunately too fast for me to snap a picture of them.




This day turned out to be the perfect day for lizard spotting.  We ended up seeing about ten Common Lizards, which felt very special as they are so well camouflaged and are only really out in the open on warm, sunny days.




After we had walked a decent amount and explored sufficiently, we headed back the way we had came.  I had remembered to pack my bikini and a towel just in case it was warm enough to have a swim in the river.  It wasn't quite warm enough for total submersion, but I did manage to have a bit of a paddle.  It was just glorious listening to the water, the sheep bleating, watching birds of prey fly overhead and not another soul to be seen.  I felt so lucky in that moment.




Whilst on our way back to the car, we spotted a baby rabbit sitting on the grassy bank by the path.  It was completely unphased by us and let me get close enough to get some really lovely photos.  Not too far from where we saw the rabbit, two voles darted across the path in front of us.  This really was my lucky day!

I can't wait to be able to do this more once the weather becomes more consistent.  I am especially excited to be able to do some more wild swimming this summer as it is one of my favourite things.  I'd love to know any wild swimming recommendations, as I definitely wouldn't be averse to travelling for a swim.


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  1. I love the brazen nature of young rabbits - we have lots on the roadsides near us and as the cars whizz past they couldn't care less! Great post :)
    x

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    1. Yeah it was crazy, the little thing barely flinched as I was pretty much close enough to touch it! Thank you so much x

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  2. So beautiful photos and nature! On the second photo the river looks so bright & blue.

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  3. Wow, this is beautiful. I've never been to the Peak District but it's definitely somewhere I'd love to explore. Looks so peaceful!

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    1. Thank you! You should visit for sure, it is so lovely. x

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  4. The photos here are absolutely stunning! I came across your blog through Cider and Rosie and I am in love! x

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