20 Mar 2015

A View from the Edge

There is something rather magical about feeling like you're on the top of the world, especially after making the long ascent.  Recently I discovered one of my new favourite spots in the Peaks, and with that view, I'm sure you can understand why (just to clarify, the view of the water, not my stylish long socks and walking boots combo).


This walk up to Derwent Edge combined two of my favourite things, great views and brilliant wildlife spotting opportunities.  There were many red grouse chattering away in the heather and some even stood still long enough for me to photograph them.

There was a flash of white, which weaved in and out of sheep, rocks and grass before finally stopping to let me see that it was a mountain hare with its bright winter coat.

When we reached the summit, I was totally blown away by the panoramic scenery.  We looked straight down onto Ladybower Reservoir and out into the distance to the rolling hills where a small amount of snow remained.  The sun made intermittent appearances which caused for beautiful and dramatic highlighting of parts of the landscape.

There are many gritstone tors along the edge, or as we called them, bloody big rocks.  Some made for great climbing, if a little precarious in the wind, but totally worth it for the change of view.  I am excited to see how amazing it will all look come in the warmer weather, especially when the heather is in full bloom.

It is areas like this that confirm why I am so grateful to be able to live where I do and it only fuels my love of exploring new places.  



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  1. This is gorgeous beyond words! The landscape where I live is hilly but heavily forested, so there aren't many places to get views that go on for very long.

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

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    1. It is wonderful isn't it? It's always so wonderful to just happen upon a view like that. x

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  2. I think I must have freaked you out a few months ago (asking if you lived in Derbyshire) - sorry if I did (you never replied, so I think I must have done!) - my emotion got the better of me, making me ask you, as I'm currently away from home and seeing your photos of Derbyshire made me so homesick, so nostalgic, so desperate to re-tread my old hiking paths and 'head clearing' trails and views. Your post today made me cry, unstoppable tears....as I remembered walking along those same edges.....beautiful photos, beautiful post....amazing that you managed to capture such a wonderful shot of the grouse!

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    1. Oh sweetie, you didn't freak me out at all. I could've sworn I'd replied too, sorry if I didn't. I'm also sorry that this upset you :( but I'm glad that you liked the pictures. Xx

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  3. These photos are so incredibly beautiful! I just love your eye for detail, you really know how to capture a story within a photo. I love escaping into the countryside when I get the chance and you've given me the itch to go this weekend. xx

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    1. Oh thank you so much, that means a lot! x

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  4. I love views like this! It just reminds me how beautiful this world is, and the feeling you get from feeling like on top of the world, is so indescribable! Love it <3

    X, Carina
    Running White Horses | Fashion + Travel

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    1. Yes, it really is one of the most wonderful feelings :) x

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  5. Wow it looks beautiful! Would love to take the dogs there, they would have a ball!!

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    1. It makes me wish I had a dog SO much! One day I hope x

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  6. These are amazing pictures! It looks lovely around there. I love knowing about these places in the UK, growing up in NZ, I am always on the hunt for some good nature. I love living in the city but regular breaks for greenery and fresh air are essential! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Thanks Jasmin! I'd totally recommend making the trip up here to experience the Peaks. x

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  7. Wow your photos are absolutely stunning, the first pic is incredible! I really want to visit the Peak District, especially now! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! You definitely should :) x

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  8. This photos are such beautiful! The nature is incredible!:)
    xx stasbb.blogspot.com

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