The Dark Peak - my photo trip up to Mam Tor in the Peak District

At the beginning of May I took a trip back to the Peak District to hopefully tick off one of my 'must photograph in 2014' views. After bending Mat Robinson's ear about how to get there, and the consequential obliging I thought I share my shots and a rough guide of where to go to those of you who haven't been there.

This part of the Peak District is particularly poignant for me, as I spent a lot of time as a youngster walking around this area with my Grandma and Grandad. So it was nice to be back and bring back quite a few nice memories.

There are a number of spots to park and places to photograph such as Winnat's Pass. But time as always was against me so I parked on the National Trust's car park for Mam Tor (Mam Nick car park, grid ref: SK123832) on the Sheffield Road (you can use this postcode for SatNav purposes - SK23 0QT - it gets you in the general area). Here you walk up the hill through the car park and then follow the newly paved path and steps to the summit. It's around 1,695ft at its summit so be prepared for a steep walk!  Once you hit the summit you are greeted with dual views of Edale on the left of the great ridge and Hope Valley to the right. At this point, you are basically standing in an area encircled by a late Bronze Age and early Iron Age hill fort. Radiocarbon analysis suggests occupation from around 1200 BC. The earliest remaining features are two Bronze Age burial mounds, one just below the summit and the other on the summit itself. At this point I walked down towards to Great Ridge and started shooting.

The route I took and the approximate viewpoints where I shot from.

1. Just off the summit of Mam Tor - a view of Castleton in Hope Valley

2. Telephoto shot looking strait down Hope Valley. I love the layering the landscape provides.

3. At this point the rain came down - wow I got very wet - or so I thought.

4. My favourite shot showing the full panoramic of Hope Valley from Castleton to the Great Ridge as the sun burst through the clouds.

4. My favourite shot showing the full panoramic of Hope Valley from Castleton to the Great Ridge as the sun burst through the clouds.

5. My final destination (thanks to Mat). Hopefully get back soon for a sunrise and a cloud inversion.

5. My final destination (thanks to Mat). Hopefully get back soon for a sunrise and a cloud inversion.

At this point it really did start to rain. It's name is quite apt given the downpour I was subjected to on my way back to the car. Good job I had a full (yes full) change of clothes with me.

Some of these are available in my shop - any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch.

You can find out more about the full walk from the National Trust's website.