On Stanton Moor, Derbyshire
So it was chilly…. the wind has started to come from a northerly direction, but the late summer sun was just strong enough to make walking very very pleasant. It was also low so there were lots of long deep shadows and despite a haze on the horizon expansive views were still on offer and giving you that ‘Top of the World’ feeling.
The charm of Stanton Moor is that despite being a heather moorland, it also has several Birch and Oak woodland groves, together with old quarry workings, sandstone erratic’s and bracken, bracken that is starting its autumnal die back, all add to the moorland magic. It was also a dramatic change after recent travels to much hotter climes….a joy to be back on home turf.
There were a few other folk out enjoying the freedom of the moor, but on such a great day one could have expected many more. The big advantage (and a welcome surprise) there was no one ‘ cluttering up’ the Nine Ladies Stone Circle, a Bronze Age reminder that life existed on this very spot so many centuries ago. So we could pay our respects in peace and solitude…. Yep, not a bad day by any score, and nearly the end of the month.
(C) David Oakes 2018