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Start of the Snow Drop Walk

Snowdrops flower during the beginning of the year, between the months of January and March. These flowers create a white blanket across gardens throughout the UK. This type of flower is connected to the season on winter, due to its Latin name Galanthus nivalis, which translates as 'milk flower of snow.'

This week, I visited Hopton Hall located near Wirksworth, to photograph the white blankets of snowdrops that have taken over the gardens of Hopton Hall.


To visit and explore this walk, adults are charged £5 and children up to the age of 16 are £2, while parking is free. The walk is very well sign posted with arrows that show you the way through the shaded woodland area. Depending on whether you are there just to admire the snowdrops or photograph them, the walk takes 30 minutes to an hour; this also depends on if you take a tea break in the middle of the walk at Hopton Hall tearoom.



Hopton Hall

The start of the walk is just in front of the car park and leads you into a small wooded area. This wooded area had several blankets of snowdrops that varied in size and shape. Within this section of Hopton Hall's garden, there were a variety of different trees, which were large in stature; this contrasted strongly again the small snowdrops. As the walk continued past the hall, you are led into the walled garden, which had a variety of sculptures and plants. At the end of the walk, you can pick up a pot or pots of snowdrops to take home with you and create your own white blanket in your garden.




The walk is marked with wood chipping, which means I would recommended whatever shoes you are comfortable walking in. Compared to my previous locations shown in previous blog posts, this walk is simple and easy. I would also recommend visiting this walk on a sunny day as the snowdrops will stand out more in the landscape and everything is nicer on a sunny day!


I would highly recommend this snowdrop walk to family, photographers and day trippers. Unfortunately, Hopton Hall does not allow dogs other than guide dogs.


The images below are some of the photographs I created on my visit to the Snowdrop Walk at Hopton Hall.




Anymore information about Hopton Hall and its Snowdrop walk visit these websites:


https://www.hoptonhall.co.uk


https://www.hoptonhall.co.uk/snowdrop-walk/



Remains of Lumsdale Mill


Situated in Matlock, Lumsdale Valley is considered a hidden gem. Previously, this areas of abandoned water mills was once the centre point of production. As you venture along the path, you will discovered several remains of mills, including a paint mill.


This week, I visited this valley to explore and understand the history of Matlock as well as seeing the wondrous waterfalls that surround the mills.


When it comes down to parking, I parked in a lay-by right by the falls, which meant I did not have to walk far to reach the mills and waterfalls. However, there is alternative parking, further up the steep road, which is opposite the school; this is also free. Once you arrive, you will find that there are a lot of steep steps to see the different waterfalls and mills, however there are handrails.


I partially wanted to visit this valley to play around with long exposure photography, to capture the movement of the water as it fell down the rocks. I began experimenting by using a tripod, which worked at the beginning of the walk due to the viewers edge. However, once I ventured higher and closer to the falls, I found it harder and harder to adjust to the ever-changing landscape. Another reason that I found it difficult with a tripod was because how much the rock faces we were standing on kept changing, in height and angle. Therefore, most of my images ending up being handheld, which led to some of the images either slightly out of focus or overexposed.



Lumsdale Falls (with tripod)


Lumsdale Falls (without tripod)


You could honestly spend hours exploring this preserved landscape. The day I walked around Lumsdale Valley, the weather was pleasant, the sun hit the landscape beautifully. However, I would not recommend visiting this landscape on a rainy day due to safety reasons. I would also recommend wearing walking boots around this area due to the unevenness of the rock faces you walk on as well as the steep uneven steps.


I would highly recommend Lumsdale Valley/Falls to keen photographers, families, day trippers and dog walkers. Anyone that is interesting in the history of a place and enjoys enchanting views.





The images below are some of the photographs I took on my day trip to Lumsdale Valley/Falls.




Anymore information about Lumsdale Valley/Falls, visit this website:


http://www.matlock.co.uk/lumsdale-valley/


- Emma

Updated: Feb 21, 2019



Rock Formation on the Edge


Stanage Edge, which is situated north of Hathersage, has become popular over the years, due to its stunning views of the Dark Peak Moors and Hope Valley. This area of countryside is also well known for being featured within the 2005 film production of 'Pride and Prejudice', featuring Keira Knightley.


On Wednesday, I visited this area to take in and photograph the views. Stanage Edge intrigued me particularly because of the way that the rocks had fallen into various places and positions on the edge and the strong variety of colours within the landscape, from orange to green.


There are several car parks attached to Stanage Edge, including a car park situated at side of the Edge (which I found afterwards and would have meant no climbing). Upon arrival, I found a car park situated just in front and at the bottom of Stanage Edge. This particular car park was free, but you can donate money into a money box to help keep the area preserved. Due to being at the bottom of the edge, I had to climb to reach the top of the edge. There are several paths you can take to get to top, depending on how strong a walker you are. The climb took me about 15 minutes, with stops to see how the view changed as you moved closer to the edge.


The view from the top of Stanage Edge

Believe me, the climb to the top is worth it. You can see for miles from the top of Stanage Edge, even on a dull day. The day I climbed Stanage Edge, the weather was not particularly great, but you could still see some amazing views. Imagine what it would be like on a bright sunny day. You can honestly spend hours up there, as the edge must be a good mile long and the view is ever-changing.


I would definitely recommend wearing walking boots, a warm coat, gloves and a hat due to how windy it is at the top. Anyone with long hair, tie your hair up, otherwise it is in your face 85% of the time you are up there.


From Ashbourne, Derbyshire, it took me 45-50 minutes to reach Stanage Edge. The route was all country roads with stunning views and quirky villages throughout the drive.


I would highly recommend Stanage Edge to families, photographers, day trippers and anyone with a keen sense of adventure. Stanage Edge also allows dogs, so feel free to bring your canine friends along with you.


The images below are some of the photographs I took on my day trip to Stanage Edge.



Anymore information about Stanage Edge visit this website: https://www.visitpeakdistrict.com/things-to-do/stanage-edge-p679631


- Emma Errington

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