A rather mellow Moorland……


Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

For many, the word Moor, conjures up a picture of a wild wind blown environment always open to the elements. Stanton Moor is all that.  A plateau above the surrounding countryside, heather and bracken clad.  But it is also a little different from many Moors.  Silver Birch grace areas towards the edges , bare in the winter but rich and green from spring through summer.

Then around the surrounding stone boulder covered slopes, are covered by the wizened shapes of the upland Oak, short in stature and bent to the shape of its surrounds, offering tantalising views over the valley below.


Tranquil in June… but on a winters day it is a very different world.  You could say a Moor for all seasons 🙂

High or Low, wherever you are….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

29th June

(C) David Oakes 2021


Not so Moody After All


Spring is slowly coming to the Derbyshire Moor’s.  Sun cutting through the Silver Birch on this fabulous sunny spring day…..  a joy to be out and about.

As always, any visit to Stanton Moor has to include time to visit the Nine Ladies Stone Circle… despite having the moors virtually to ourselves, we could have predicted, that there would be someone using the ancient (and to many a sacred) monument, as a place to sit and today to text.


But for us this sunny spring morning, it was also a morning to take ones time… even just to stop and stare.._DOI3298qqqa

Yes, it is a Monday, but this Monday wasn’t moody.

We hope you have also had a good Monday but don’t forget…

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

19th April

(C) David Oakes 2021

Once Upon a Time……


Nine Ladies, Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

Once upon a time……  we enjoyed the freedom to roam, at will.  Two years ago to the day we had just past the Spring Equinox.  So off to Stanton Moor we headed, to pay our respects to the Nine Ladies Stone Circle.  It does seem so long ago, a different world.

Stanton Moor is not a location that is that far away from us…..  but too far under the current Covid Lockdown restriction.

There are suggestions that rules may be eased in mid April maybe May.  I do hope so.  I am not looking to dash off to the far corners of the country and certainly not abroad……   just to be able to have the freedom to broadened our horizons that little bit further afield.  

Even when that freedom arrives, we will need to exercise care to avoid returning to square one…  so

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

23rd March

(C) David Oakes 2021





Wordless Wednesday…… Another Favourite Place


Location:–    A moor for all seasons,  Stanton Moor, Derbyshire 

As always and where ever you are…..

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

10th February

(C) David Oakes 2021