Out & About …

… on the North York Moors, or wherever I happen to be.

Category: Derbyshire

  • Viator’s Bridge and the River Dove

    Viator’s Bridge and the River Dove

    The White Peak is the name given to the southern half of the Peak District, because of its predominate limestone geology and also by comparison with the millstone grit northern half of the Dark Peak. During the last ice age, deep running north-south gorges were cut in the limestone plateau by the runoff of glacial…

  • Monsal Dale

    Monsal Dale

    “There was a rocky valley between Buxton and Bakewell, once upon a time, divine as the Vale of Tempe… You Enterprised a Railroad through the valley ā€“ you blasted its rocks away, heaped thousands of tons of shale into its lovely stream. The valley is gone, and the Gods with it; and now, every fool…

  • Tintwistle


    Sunshine on Arnfield Low Moor, north of Tintwistle in Derbyshire. I must admit I hadn’t appreciated the county extended as far north as this. Obviously, the “moor” has been enclosed and improved over the years to produce lush pasture for sheep and cattle. In the distance the Dark Peak itself: Bleaklow. Apparently Tintwistle is pronounced…

  • Mermaid’s Pool

    Mermaid’s Pool

    Local legend says that a mermaid lives in this pond on the otherwise steep boulder strewn hillside below Kinder Downfall and tries to entice visitors into the water. Apparently several people have succumbed to her charms over the years. And if any refuse she’ll drag them into the depths. Of course all this is supposed…

  • Booth Sheepwash

    Booth Sheepwash

    In Booth, the tiniest of Derbyshire hamlets, near Hayfield. This sheepwash was constructed in the early 20th century to replace one lost during the construction of the Kinder Reservoir. The biannual sheep wash was a community affair with local farmers sharing the workload. Wives would provide sustenance with children joining the fun. In May the…

  • Kinder Valley

    Kinder Valley

    In the foothills of the Dark Peak looking up the Kinder valley towards the Downfall. The water is an arm of the Kinder Reservoir, built in the first decade of the 20th century to supply Stockport with a reliable supply of clean water. Open Space Web-Map builder Code

  • Bugsworth Basin

    Bugsworth Basin

    Being brought up in Nottingham I am quite familiar with the Derbyshire Peaks. Beyond Buxton however itĀ was a mystery. I don’t recallĀ ever being to New Mills or Whaley Bridge before. I was amazed to discover thatĀ atĀ theĀ end of the 18th century a canal was constructed through the steep sided valleys into the heart of the Peaks.…