This year I have had the opportunity to explore the peak district for the first time and it’s been a real pleasure. It’s a beautiful landscape to explore with rolling hills and dramatic rock formations.
My first trip took me to The Roaches, a ridge walk along incredible layers of gritstone rock piled up on the hillside. The 360 views are amazing and I was lucky enough to have clear skies stretching out for miles into the horizon. The ridge had a peaceful atmosphere with the occasional tinkle of climbing equipment moving up the rocks. Cows grazed along the path and a few walkers passed me by as I wondered along. My first day in the Peak District definitely made me want to explore more of it.
Mam Tor sitting at 517m of shale and sandstone is really accessible, just a ten minute walk from the car park takes you to the summit and to amazing views in every direction. From this top you can see the ridge stretching out in front which leads on to a circular National Trust walk. I followed the ridge for a while taking in the stunning views and watching the paragliders wiz by before turning back around. On my way back I could see over to Winnats Pass, a giant collapsed limestone cavern. Again I was blessed with clear skies and sunshine, another brilliant day in the peaks.