A walk in the hills and woodland around beautiful Errwood Reservoir in the Peak District wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the ruins of Errwood Hall. Once a very grand building, the hall dates back to the 1830’s and … Continue reading The ruins of Errwood Hall
This year has been a good year for bilberries on the moors. The tiny pink flowers appear in spring and are replaced with tasty purple berries as August approaches. They are delicious to eat right up there on the moors, or to pick and take home to be transformed into bilberry and apple pie or bilberry jam. My mum’s old recipe for bilberry jam is 2 1/2 lb of bilberrys, 1/4 pint of water, 3 tbsps lemon juice, 3 lbs sugar and pectin (quantity as recommended by the manufacturer on the bottle or packet). Simmer the cleaned fruit, water and … Continue reading Beautiful Bilberries
I am by no means wishing to detract from the fabulous sporting achievements of the cyclists who took part in the second day of the Tour de France, or from the brilliant organisation of the race itself. I would however … Continue reading Ladybower Reservoir – Setting the record straight . . .
Anyone who has been to the Buxton area has probably seen Solomon’s Temple high up on the hillside to the south of the town. It is a lovely short walk either from Buxton town centre, or from the Pooles Cavern car park, or even nearer from the Buxton Country Park car park near to Grinlow caravan site. You can climb the spiral staircase to the top of the tower and be rewarded with fabulous views across the landscapes of both the Dark Peak and the White Peak. The tower was built in 1896 by public subscription and is thought to take its … Continue reading Solomon’s Temple, Buxton
June and July are a great time for seeing wild roses whilst out walking. These climbing plants can grow up to 5 metres in height and are a common site growing in hedgerows and alongside country lanes and paths. The wild rose is England’s national flower. They are usually pale pink but can also be white. The most common variety is the Dog Rose, but you may also see Field Roses or Sweet Briar all of which have a similar appearance. The petals have a delicate scent can be scattered on salads, used to make wine, or added to jams … Continue reading The Wild Rose – England’s National Flower
Holme Moss is an area of moorland on the side of Black Hill in the Peak District. The moor is crossed by the A6024 road between Holmfirth and Longendale, whose highest point is near the prominent Holme Moss transmitter that … Continue reading Holme Moss
The White Peak area of the Peak District is fully of beautiful wild flowers at present. Meadow Saxifrage is just one of many different types of plants that love the limestone soils of this area. It’s Latin name is Saxifraga granulata and that is linked to its use in years gone by as a medicinal plant. Granulata means ‘with grain’, while Saxifraga means ‘rock-breaker’. Going back in history, it was believed that it had the power to break up gall stones and kidney stones. Continue reading Meadow Saxifrage in The White Peak