The Long View

The Long View

Sunset on Little Asby Hawthorne ©Rob Fraser Rob and Harriet Fraser are a couple truly at one with the landscape. He a photographer, she a poet and wordsmith, they have dedicated themselves to documenting the nature, seasons, people and spirit of their Lake District home. Their project and exhibition, The Long View (currently on tour [...]

Book of the month: Claxton

Book of the month: Claxton

©Jonathan Gibbs, from Claxton: Field Notes from a Small Planet by Mark Cocker Nature writer, bird obsessive and Buxton boy Mark Cocker has recently been appointed Ambassador for Friends of the Peak District, a role that should present few problems for someone so passionate about the landscapes and wildlife of his childhood. Mark no longer [...]

The Permanence of Things

The Permanence of Things

Back Tor ©Albert Hugh Robinson The new year arrived and, as always, change was expected. New ambitions, new resolve, new optimism. But last year was only a week ago and today seems very similar to 2017. The idea of change was a restorative one at least, even if it only lasted until the NYE hangover [...]

Book of the Month: A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Book of the Month: A Child’s Christmas in Wales

There are the Christmas classics that are known and loved from birth, then there are classics that are happened upon later in life and cherished all the more for it. I'm sure Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales falls into the first category for many, but this short story written in that familiar Thomas lilt has been an unexpected treat for me this year – a wide-eyed, rosy-cheeked, mischievous memory of a childhood Christmas. And, of course, never-seen-again, epic tales of snow [...]

Getting Christmassy

Getting Christmassy

This time next week it will be Christmas Eve and I'm finally starting to feel a bit Christmassy. This is thanks, in part, to deadlines passing and snow falling, but also to kind recommendations of festive music I've never heard before. Don't get me wrong – Last Christmas is still right up there with the best of them, but there's something about a pure voice and a simple arrangement that sparks the magic back into this time of year [...]

Legends of the Snow

Legends of the Snow

So snow has arrived in Edale and it's beautiful – for us relative newcomers to the valley, a few inches on the hills is a thrill. But no sooner have we stocked up on tinned goods and battened down the hatches in anticipation of further downfalls, our excitement is inevitably overshone by village tales of snows past. "Wait till you see real snow," has become something of a catchphrase in Edale, delivered with a raise of the eyebrows to those of us who've arrived in the last five, even ten years. What generally follows is an anecdote involving ten foot drifts, tractor-based rescues, schools closed for weeks or Christmas guests remaining stranded until long into the New Year [...]