Tuesday 1 March 2016

Photo essay: Dovedale

Even on an overcast day, the Peak District never disappoints. We decided to venture further south into the White Peak part of the District to explore part of the Dovedale area. It's an area that's decidedly peaky with it's pointy hills.

You can see the medieval ridge and furrow agricultural system still evident in the landscape.

Our main focus was a short walk along the River Dove. This is right of the border of Derbyshire and Staffordshire, the river being the border.

Often when you have a chronic illness or mobility limitations, you cannot get out to walk amongst the hills and ridges of the Peak. However, the one place you can is along the River Dove in Dovedale. Here a hardened path follows alongside the river, flat and easy to walk or use your wheelchair upon.

A peaky through the trees.

Don't be fooled. The green may look inviting, but it's very very steep.

Despite ME/CFS this is one place in the Peak District I can physically explore and be surrounded it's rugged beauty.

A duck fishing for food.

 And a crow (or raven?) pecking through the brittle limestone hillside.

Suddenly the sun poked out from the clouds behind us, lighting up the scene in front.

We walked back to the car park, the sun on our faces, refreshed from a gentle walk and the immense beauty of the Peak.

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If you happen to know of other parts of the Peak District that are accessible to those with limited mobility, please leave a note in the comments.