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

Sense of Place


The landscape becomes more enclosed and pastoral away form the
remote moorland tops of the Dark Peak. Within the national park
the landscape remains peaceful but the isolation diminishes as the
landscape becomes more intimate and settled with gritstone walled
enclosures and isolated gritstone farmsteads, often with associated
field barns and sheep pens. The improved fields and tree cover
increase towards the valley bottoms creating variety in the landscape and intermingling with gritstone buildings.

Peak District National Park Authority, Dark Peak Western Fringe

Change in the weather-1

On Sunday morning I woke very early, I left my teenagers and Spud the dog to their slumbers and zipped off to one of my favourite hills and watched the weather ebb and flow. I took these shots around six am…

Change in the  weather 3-1


Change in the  weather 4-1


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.

9 thoughts on “Sense of Place

  1. beautiful shots!

  2. Well worth the early rise.

  3. Oh simply gorgeous!!!

  4. Wait … there’s a 6am on a Sunday? Well, I never …

    Lovely pictures – I can almost imagine a Byronic hero striding around the fields in glamorous angst. Good grief, it’s been a long week and I think my little mind has gone wandering off on its own again.

  5. Magical, and timeless! xx

  6. Fantastic shots! I admire your dedication to your blog. In case you missed them, I can tell you that there were some lovely inky rainy intense skies over in Torch Lake earlier this week too. (‘And then it started to rain’ on 29th July.) I think you must have put more leg-work into getting your pictures though. (Or would there be a lay-by just out of the frame on some of these? Actually, I often wonder that, but don’t disabuse us of the idea that you march many miles and many contours to get these shots.)

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  8. Beautiful & magical. I never tire of seeing your hills and thank you for the sheep included further down.

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