From the Hope Valley and Castleton to the Great Ridge to Mam Tor to Winnats Pass, Ladybower Reservoir and beyond, the Derbyshire Peak District National Park has stunning beauty and was my favourite place to photograph in 2020. The Peak District National Park is officially the first National Park in the UK, founded in 1951. The National Park spreads over five counties; Cheshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester, covering an area of 555 sq miles. The “Peak District” name derives from peac, an Old English word meaning hill.
I guess like anywhere else a landscape photographer may go, the Peak District looks totally different each time you go due to varying weather conditions, cloud inversions, light and even if the heather is in flower or not.
There certainly is plenty for the landscape photographer to go at, it could take years to cover impressive gritstone edges (the Dark Peak); steep limestone dales (White Peak); 196 sq miles (51,000 ha) of moorland; rolling hills and farmland (south west Peak). Caverns famed for rare Blue John stone, 5,440 miles (8756 km) of dry stone wall, 55 reservoirs supplying 450million litres of water a day. A lifetime’s worth of photography starting just south of Sheffield, crack on!
Surprisingly Few Outsiders Know About The Cuckmere Valley, And It Is Not Uncommon For People To Confuse Alfriston With Alfreton In The Derbyshire Peak District.– David Hewson
A few random facts about the Peak District:-
- The starting point at the southern end of the Pennine Way, Britain’s oldest long-distance national walking trail, is at Edale in the Peak District National Park. Completed in 1965, it stretches 268 miles from the Nag’s Head pub in Edale to the Border Hotel, Kirk Yetholm, Scotland.
- Highest point: Kinder Scout, 636 metres (2086 ft).
- More than a third of the national park (35%) is designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) where important plants, wildlife and geological formations should be conserved. Most are privately-owned though often publicly-accessible.
- Film, TV and literary locations: Chatsworth (Pride and Prejudice), Haddon Hall (Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth, Henry VIII, Moll Flanders), Lyme Hall (Pride and Prejudice), North Lees Hall (Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, The Other Boleyn Girl).
The Peak District is bloody brilliant for photography, walking and family activities, I cannot wait to go again…