Now the days are longer, and the weather getting increasingly better I’ve been seizing the opportunity to get out for some after-work walking and photography. Recently, I’ve been lucky enough to have a good friend and budding photographer (his Flickr) come and stay with me once a week, which provided the perfect excuse to get out on a few evening shoots.
Over the past few weeks we’ve been out to some of my favourite areas in the Peak District, starting off by exploring Stand Wood, behind Chatsworth House. The wood offers some great views over the valley and Chatsworth’s grounds, and also has a few hidden lakes at the top. A peaceful cottage lies on the edge of the largest of these lakes, and baths in the golden light of the late evening.
On one of our more busy days we made it up Mam Tor to skate ‘that Peak District road’, before heading along Bamford Edge to catch the sunlight. This proved to be one of the most rewarding and lucrative photography trips I’ve made recently. The sunset was perfectly lighting the stacks of hills, creating a beautiful gradient of layered land.
Whilst we have been reasonably lucky with the weather this past month, there was one brief period where it returned back to Winter, and we were showered with snow and hail storms. We opted to stay a little closer to home and ventured to a very well hidden gem, not to far from Eyam. Swallet Falls is a large sinkhole hidden by a thin layer of woodland. Set amongst fields and rolling hills, it is an anomaly of the landscape, and unless you knew of its location you may drive directly past it. We made the most of our time there, handling poor light conditions and a snow shower, and headed home before the cold got the better of us.
Our last trip was to Dovedale. I’d been once before, but stayed at the southern end of the valley, crossing the stepping-stones and climbing Thorpe Cloud, but this time we approached from the northern entrance. Large caves, and tall rocky outcrops line the walls of the valley, and guide you downwards alongside the River Dove. The piece de resistance is a large natural arch high up on the valley side, that is backed by a deep cave. Alongside the caves and rock formations, the River Dove snakes through the valley and the trail moves onto a boardwalk over the water, it’s a truly remarkable landscape that was the perfect end to our regular evening adventures