Hello Lovelies, it's tipping it down here this morning so I'm stuck indoors with time to write another blog post...every cloud and all that :0)
These pictures are from last Thursday's group walk in the Peak District. It's about as far away as the group journeys (generally we stick to within an hour's drive of home...this took 1hour 15mins) I think it was worth the extra miles and we always car share to save fuel and costs.
The Longshaw Estate is a national trust property high on the moors above Sheffield. It's in what's known as the Dark Peak ( with Millstone Grit geology as opposed to the Limestone of the White Peak) though I'm not fond of that description...makes it sound a bit off-putting and like the sun never shines.
It's actually rather beautiful moorland and wooded valleys. We started our walk from Longshaw Lodge in cloudy but dry conditions.
Wandered past the lake.
And through trees.
Where the rocky outcrop of Higger Tor could be glimpsed....and the Heather still looked purple....ish.
To enter the boulder strewn delights of Padley Gorge.
I loved all the moss
and signs of Autumn just beginning.
There are some amazing twisted trees
Then the sun came out and the dappled light was gorgeous :0)
Blinking as we emerged into bright sunlight this tree caught my eye. I do love red acers.
The sun lit this roof beautifully too.
This glimpse of a garden gave a feeling of the alps.
We crossed the brook at the bottom of the gorge.
and passed these cute cottages.
Climbing steadily past cows.
Cross the road carefully.
Fabulous light on Millstone edge, really making the jagged rocks stand out.
And here we began the short but steep final climb.
And another snake...this one looks happy :0)
Not sure :0)
Yay, more sun as we near the end.
For a cup of tea.
With a view.
Thank you all so much for your kind comments on my recent posts. I never know if to reply, but I have done for the ones left on my previous post and I will try and do that from now on. It's great to chat with you and lovely to be back in blogland :0)