Yesterday morning there wasn’t really a sunrise. Obviously the sun rose, but it was hidden behind a lot of cloud, and sideways rain. So this morning I decided to drive to Castleton, and go up Mam Tor for the sunrise.
My first problem, when I got in the car and set the sat nav up was that I realised that I’d misremembered how long it would take me to drive there. For some reason, I’d thought it would take me 26 minutes (weirdly specific), but actually it was 47. So that pretty much meant that I wouldn’t be at the top or the tor when the sun peaked over the horizon.
My second problem happened when I got there. You have to drive up the road in the image above to get to the top and park. I could see a fair few photographers (I assumed!) lined up on the ridge, and I was suprised by how many there were. However, I wasn’t prepared for how many people would be stood at the top of the tor! There is a car park there and it was full, as were the laybys nearest the car park. So this, teamed with the fact I was already running late meant I decided I was going to walk to the pass, rather than up the tor.
There were a fair few people out overlooking the pass, but far fewer than were up the tor; so I’ll have to do the tor another day. I’m assuming it was so busy because it was “the first sunrise of the new year”. Rather than it’s just always that busy, however I may be wrong!
After a spell of rainy weather, today was clear. So we decided to go out into the Peak District. After a bit of umming and aaahing about where to go, I settled on Padley Gorge because it is close and I suspected we’d still be able to get parked despite setting off a bit later than usual.
It was a bit chilly in the breeze, but quite a nice day out. We followed a circular from Alltrails that took us down into the gorge before going up to Surprise View and across Owler Tor and back to the car (see below).
Despite the heavy rain of the last couple of days the paths were more or less clear, with just some really muddy small sections that could be stepped over / around.
This is probably going to be the last walk of the year, as the weather forecast once again is not great after today until Monday; wherein I’m trying to decide if to go up Mam Tor, or go around the Ladybower areas.
Another day, another black and white tree. The weather today was quite nice. I took my brothers dogs out for a walk, then went for another walk with a friend. The first walk I was sweating, the second walk I was perishing!
This morning the forecast was cloudy all day, so I skipped dragging myself up and out for sunrise and instead opted for early morning. Given that I had decided to go to a place with a lot of trees, I was a bit disappointed when it became sunny! This was not what was promised to me!
I seem to have taken a lot of black and white photos this week!
The Peak District is a large area which mainly covers Derbyshire. At the Peak District you will find a lot of moorland, streams, rocks, hills and other some such picturesque delights. There are a number of villages/towns in the Peak District too.
Higger Tor is not that far outside of Sheffield city center (I think that technically it falls into the boundaries of Sheffield), quite close to Hathersage. It falls under the category of the Dark Peak, which is thought of as being a wilder part of the Peak District.
This was also the first time that I used my remote shutter to try and get me in the shot too!