Solomon’s Temple, Buxton

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

Meadow Saxifrage in The White Peak

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

Keira Knightley’s Rock, Stanage Edge

Over the last few years several customers have booked a personal walking guide with us in the Peak District with the request that they wanted to be taken to Keira Knightley’s Rock so that they can have their photograph taken standing on it.  What they are referring to of course is a particular rock on Stanage Edge on the eastern side of the Dark Peak where actress Keira Knightley stood in an iconic shot in the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice when she took the leading role playing Elizabeth Bennett. This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago … Continue reading Keira Knightley’s Rock, Stanage Edge