27th & 28th February 2016
Surrendering what little warmth you’ve managed to accumulate throughout the night and un-zipping the shield of your tent is always a rough experience. On this morning, I’d battled minus temperatures and was starting out into the darkness at 6AM, around an hour before the official sunrise. You have to trust in the thought that getting up, getting moving, and climbing upwards is the most effective way to get warm – more warmth that can be offered by the sanctuary of your down sleeping bag and trekking tent.
Setting off up Mam Tor from Edale I made good pace, reaching the top with time to spare before the sunrise, which was hindered somewhat by the dense cloud that gradually rolled in throughout the morning. With a quick trip around Winnats Pass and back up and over Mam Tor again I was back down to my camp before 10.30 and the major traffic hit the Hope Valley’s famous ridge.
One of the most photogenic roads I’ve seen, definitely taking the title within the Peak District, is always a haven for great photos. The perfect symmetry in the curves at the top, that give way to a leading line off into the distance add a great story and presence to the shot; I love this road