26 Oct 2016

An Amazing Autumnal Hike

What was meant to be a casual, easy Sunday walk, escalated (literally) rather quickly.  Being the antisocial grumps that we are, Kyle and I got frustrated by how many people there were on the easy walk we'd chosen last weekend, so we decided to choose a random path that snaked up the side of Win Hill.

The air was warmer than usual and a little muggy after recent heavy rainfall.  It was one of those typical autumn days where the sun still gives off a little heat, but as soon as you wander into shade it is instantly chilly.
The light peaked through the trees on our ascent, creating the most beautiful silhouettes and shadows.  The wooded path that we had been following quickly turned into open moorland and began to resemble a path less and less with every step.  Somehow we'd reached an old farm building with no discernible path left in sight, so we stopped to marvel at the stunning views.

The panorama looked out across the forest and over Derwent Edge and beyond (a place I've talked about here and here), as well as the seemingly endless moorland that borders Ladybower Reservoir.  It was one of those sit-down-and-absorb-it-all moments, a moment I'd needed after weeks on end of difficult challenges hitting me one after the next.  That moment I was able to just stop breathe it all in.
After hiking further up the hillside, through bogs and mud, we manoeuvred ourselves over a barbed wire fence and out of the field of sheep and heather that we had accidentally wandered into.  The path we then chose to follow took us in the direction of Thornhill.

We battled a little with Doug along this route as we shared this particular part of the hillside with yet more sheep. Despite his tiny size, he really does believe he'd stand a fair chance at catching one (stopping this is a work in progress!!).

The views from this side of the hill were just as breathtaking as the other.  We could see Bamford Edge, Stanage Edge and right across Ladybower Reservoir.  Due to Bamford Edge being the other side of a valley, the shape of the landscape made it look as though we could almost reach out and touch it.  It really made it clear quite how high we had climbed too.
After what had seemed like hours, we plunged back into woodland once more.  We were surrounded by bushes adorned with red berries and leaves in reds, oranges and yellows.  The bracken was on the turn too, from the lush green that transforms the Peaks in the summer time, to earthy browns and oranges.

I continue to be amazed by how much the landscape can change as the seasons do and how the colours can completely alter the mood and feel of a hike.  Despite the vast majority of the plants dying back for the winter, I felt more energised by the rich colours and cooler air, plus of course the sheer beauty of the countryside definitely helped.  Whilst things have been particularly stressful lately, this break from it all left me feeling a little more equipped to handle whatever could be thrown at me next. 



  1. Oh this just looks so gorgeous! I want to go on an autumnal adventure now :) X
    Sophie Cliff

  2. Oh wow, those moors! Gorgeous photos, Anya. It does look like an amazing hike.

    1. They're amazing aren't they? Wish I could go up there every weekend! Thank you xx

  3. This looks like such a lovely hike! That sheep is adorable! :)
    x Kenzie // Kenzieblogslife.blogspot.com

    1. That sheep was definitely taunting Doug, haha! x

  4. Love your sunday. i've just discover your blog and think i´m going to stay.
    Very nike hike. Nite

  5. Lovely photographs as ever! Me and my boyf are exactly the same. We hate people and get annoyed if we are ever surrounded by them. Living in a touristy place will do that to you! xx


    1. Thanks Lynsey. I try not to get grumpy, but I just prefer feeling like I'm in the middle of nowhere! I'm just glad Kyle is the same. x


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