Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England



I was sad to read of the death of Sir Martin Doughty, described as the architect of modern British conservation and champion of access to the countryside, he was the chair of Natural England

One man and his dog

Natural England is an independent public body whose purpose is to protect and improve England’s natural environment and encourage people to enjoy and get involved in their surroundings.

Doughty’s vision helped keep this valley tranquil,


He was passionate about this project


and preserving industrial archeology


Doughty, whose father was one of the last survivors of those who took part in the great 1932 mass trespass on Kinder Scout in the Peak district, was rooted in Derbyshire and used to describe the moors of northern England as rarer in global terms than tropical rainforest.


His work left  has left a generous legacy.

Sheep, lamb, hills


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

13 thoughts on “Legacy

  1. Really great photos. I especially love the first one.

  2. This is a wonderful tribute. As a visitor, I enjoyed the extraordinary public access to the English countryside, and thought it would be a fine model for my part of the world. I particularly appreciate the notion that industrial history is part of the legacy of the landscape. I’ve given a lot more thought to that since reading your blog on a regular basis. Must follow your links and learn more.

  3. Oh wow! Great shots, Uhdd! A lovely tribute and illustrated quite well with your wonderful photos.

  4. I am sad to hear of the death of Martin Doughty, because I have been ‘following’ his career for about 20 years now. Only because, I nearly bought his house in New Mills, in 1987. His wife showed us round, and I read in the paper the following year that she had died. I have read about his career at Derbyshire County Council, but I didn’t realise he had gone on to do so much other work nationally. It’s staggering to think how much he managed to fit in to his life-time, especially since died prematurely at the age of 59. Thank god there are people like him, to make up for the rest of us.

  5. It’s a name that many people won’t even recognise sadly!
    Like Rob I really like the first image. xx

  6. Derbyshire is such a wonderful County, one can understand why one of its sons would devote their life to preserving and opening it up. Starting at Axe Edge with the landscape of spoil heaps and abandoned mines and quarries, some dating back to Roman times. Then your wonderful pictures near Rudyard where the Mill was – all stunning.

  7. Which jogs a memory. I don’t suppose you have taken any pictures of Lud Church, Gradbach? It sounds stupendous from descriptions I have heard, with a fascinating history.

  8. Oh, your photos make it look so lovely. I really like that picture of the sheep. It looks like you have some great walking paths, and a very scenic valley. Beautiful!

  9. I can see you were! Scars not too bad I hope?

  10. I’m sorry to hear about a great man passing. I hope others will keep up his mission. The last shot with the sheep is my favorite.

  11. Ohhh. So lovely, as usual – and that picture of the sheep? It makes me want to live in that field too.

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