Last Saturday was a really special day when we led a walk for The Peacock Hotel in Rowsley through the two ancient estates of Chatsworth and Haddon. In addition to enjoying stunning scenery throughout the guided walk, customers learned about … Continue reading Ancient Estates of the Peak
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
We were treated to a lovely close up view of this Peregrine Falcon during our walk on Kinder Scout today. Continue reading Peregrine Falcon on Kinder Scout
Eyam Moor Every year the Peak District Tourist Board organise a two week long walking festival in the Peak District and today was our first walk in the 2011 festival. On a beautiful sunny day we walked from Hathersage, over the stepping stones over the river Derwent where we saw some newly hatched ducklings. Then up onto Offerton Moor and Smelting Hill, with a wealth of spring flowers to see on the way, including at lower levels bluebells, wood anemones, celandine, and wild primroses. As we got higher onto the moorland, the bilberries were in flower along with cowberries and of course gorse … Continue reading A wonderful walk!
They have started burning the heather on the peakland moors. It has been customary for centuries to burn small patches of heather during the early part of the year. This started in the days when grouse shooting was important to the local economy. To thrive, Red Grouse need a mixture of different heights of heather and low growing plants. They nest in the older deep heather and feed on the new shoots of young heather. As these birds never travel very far from their birth place, the buring of heather in small patches ensures that they always have the right mixture of … Continue reading Heather Burning
We saw about 80 geese this morning flying high over the Vale of Edale and over Kinder Scout. A really impressive sight! Continue reading Geese