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 [...]

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 [...]

Book of the month: The art of fire

Book of the month: The art of fire

At the risk of sounding horribly environmentally unfriendly, I'm loving the pervading smell of bonfires and chimney smoke that starts wafting down the valley at this time of year. Edalians are a hardy bunch and most would eschew central heating in favour of a glowing, spitting, crackling fire in the corner of the room to keep warm. Wood is collected and stored with unspoken art and village children grow up accustomed to the joys and dangers of this new, seasonal member of the household. Ample compensation for the loss of leaves and the darkening of the days outside [...]

Getting up with the sun

Getting up with the sun

The one good thing about the onset of winter mornings is being awake in time to welcome the sun. Sitting on the side of the valley, under the shadow of Mam Tor, we see sunrise upside down on the opposite side. The tip of Grindslow Knoll and the tops of Kinder are the first to glow orange, before a warm ooze of light works its way downwards, leaving the bottom of the valley in cold shadow until the very last. This photo was taken a few mornings ago, when a perfect, blue-skied morning made a pyjama'd walk into the fields irresistable [...]

A 21st Century Yokel

A 21st Century Yokel

I'm eagerly awaiting the new book by one of my favourite writers Tom Cox. 21st Century Yokel is out next week and will no doubt cement Tom as one of the nation's best (and funniest) collector of tales from the British landscape. The promise of a new book has led me back to Tom's website and some of his past writing. As the temperatures plummet here in the valley and I've just seen the first Christmas advert of the year on the television(!), I was drawn to a piece entitled One Winter. I love it and hope Tom won't mind me including an excerpt on this blog [...]