Sword in the Stone

By the entrance to the Crannog Centre on Llangorse lake, sits a sword embedded in a large rock. Judging by the wear on the handle, many have tried to pull the sword out.… Continue reading


A crannog is a man-made lake house, usually iron age. The one in Llangorse lake is as good a reconstruction as any. Another early start, but the result was almost exactly as I… Continue reading

Monsal Weir

Monsal Weir is a short walk below Monsal Head viaduct. It’s a great place to take photographs, but I picked the wrong day. The bright sunshine meant equally bright highlights on the water,… Continue reading

Cressbrook Tunnel

Cressbrook Tunnel is one of many lit tunnels on the Monsal Trail, a footpath and cycleway on the route of an old, disused, railway line that runs through some of the most scenic parts… Continue reading

Sunrise at Magpie Mine

You simply cannot beat a good sunrise. Magpie Mine is an abandoned lead mine in the Peak District. Rumoured to be haunted by the ghosts of three miners from a rival mine who… Continue reading

Hen Cloud Sunrise

The morning sun just catches the top of Hen Cloud, as the sun rises on a crisp April morning. It gives a lovely warm glow to the rocks on top of the Cloud,… Continue reading

The Roaches

Looking south along The Roaches, with the Staffordshire plain in the background. It’s still early, the light is still good, and the scenery is great. For a higher quality version – see my… Continue reading

Hen Cloud

Hen Cloud, on a fine morning, viewed from The Roaches. The cloud is starting to roll over the moorland in the distance. The raven on the rock, visible just right of centre, kept… Continue reading

Chatsworth House Long Exposure

Chatsworth House is very busy at peak periods, but it is photographer friendly and a great place to visit. From the other end of the lake, you can get a nice image of… Continue reading

Three Shire Heads

Three Shire Heads is the point  where three shires meet – Staffordshire (where the photographer is standing, Cheshire (other side of the river on the left), and Derbyshire (centre, between the two bridges).… Continue reading