Autumn: in the Peak District

For a slightly different twist on my Autumn series, I thought I’d show a few photos from a trip into the Peak District yesterday. For those that don’t know, whilst most people think the Peak District is in Derbyshire, quite a decent amount is also in South, and West Yorkshire, Cheshire, and Staffordshire.

This is a view towards the Jodrell Bank Observatory from near Merryton Low in Staffordshire. I love the gentle countryside, then how some peaks have just roughly push their way up above it. There is a lot of this in the Peak District, hence it’s name.

In this picture, you should be able to see a moon-like white patch above the rocky outcrop (Hen Cloud). This in fact is the Lovell radio telescope of Jodrell Bank Observatory. Built in 1957, it remains one biggest and most powerful radio telescopes in the world. It’s moon-like appearance from a distance, seems fitting.

From a viewpoint further down the road, you could see Hen Cloud, and The Roaches behind it, quite clearly.

Back into Derbyshire, the late afternoon winter sun was lighting the peak above Hathersage in glowing autumn colours. This, and the rest of the photos, were taken from inside the car, so they are a little blurry, but hopefully they will give you a feel for autumn light and colours you find in the Peak landscape.

Further on above Hathersage, this is Over Owler Tor.

An artistic(!) view of the Birch wood at Surprise View.

Burbage Rocks South

 Stony Ridge Road to Black Hill. Can you spot the cyclist?

And… Traffic jam, Peak District style.


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Other posts in the series:
  Autumn: Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’
  Autumn: Prunus mume ‘Beni-chidori’

  Autumn: Salvia ‘Amistad’
  Autumn: Cornus ‘Norman Hadden’ 
  Autumn: Fagus sylvatica

3 thoughts on “Autumn: in the Peak District”

  1. We do have a varied landscape. We had a similar traffic jam in the Dales a couple of weeks ago, caused by sheep. Cows can be a problem, I know of someone who had the side of their caravan pushed in by cows being herded.


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