13 Apr 2016

Magical Secret Waterfall

I had been wanting to visit somewhere new, as more often than not, we get stuck in the same routines and visit the same places over and over, purely because we know we like them.  Now there's nothing wrong with that, but sometimes it's good to mix things up a little.

Having explored the banks of many rivers that flow through the Peak District National Park, we hadn't really come across any large waterfalls.  I did a little research online and found that there was a hidden and lesser-known waterfall not far from the historical town of Eyam, just off the road that links it to Foolow.

You wouldn't have known it was there from the roadside, but down a steep decline of rocky limestone and nestled in a copse of trees is Waterfall Swallet.  The area below the fall is a sinkhole, so the water doesn't run into a continuation of the stream, instead through holes in the limestone underground.
The waterfall itself was of course, absolutely wonderful and so much taller than it comes across in photos.  The light was perfect when we were there, as it hit the water at such an angle as to produce a fantastic rainbow that reached right across the base of the waterfall (although you can only faintly see it in the photos, it was much stronger in person).
Scattered around on the rocks and on the muddy floor were plants such as ferns and what I think were marsh marigolds; lots of dark and damp-loving greenery with lots of little leaves.  A lot of the rocks were covered in thick moss, which made a rather comfortable seat for a snack break and as per usual, Doug took this opportunity to mither Kyle for a bit of his apple!
The area around the waterfall is so different to the landscape above it.  There are rolling hills, farms and fields full of sheep and cows, whereas down by the water, in amongst all of the lush greenery, tall trees and thick muddy pools, it feels like a secret place and one that is spectacularly magical.



  1. Your pictures are gorgeous ! Loving them ...well done . x


  2. Oh wow, that does look absolutely magical! And Doug is such a cutie :)

    Mimmi xx
    Muted Mornings

  3. So gorgeous! Love places that are tucked away like a secret! Doug is too cute! :)
    x Kenzie

    1. Oh definitely, they're much more exciting to explore x

  4. Waterfalls never quite truly come out in the photos in the same way that we behold them in real life >.< They are spectacular though - I can imagine the water spray and the rainbows glinting off the droplets ^_^

    It's great to read a blog that celebrates nature and natural wonders of our landscape :D They are few and far between, but they're about ^_^ Thank you for being one of those :)

    Sarah xxo | thesaltyseablog.blogspot.co.uk


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