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
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
There are estimated to be over 5,000 breading pairs of Red Grouse on the heather covered moorlands of the Dark Peak area of the Peak District, so it is not unusual to see them on our guided walks. The males can … Continue reading Red Grouse on the moors
On our walk yesterday on Derwent Edge we were lucky enough to see Ring Ouzels. These rare birds spend the winter in the Mediterranean and North Africa, then migrate to the UK in the spring where they nest among craggy … Continue reading Ring Ouzels in The Dark Peak