Misty Start…but a calm sunny day



Misty start over Darley Abbey Park, Derby

Mist hung over the Derwent River Valley but a winter sun battled on in its efforts to break through the haze.


It was a calm day and unseasonably warm. But the rains from the past week have swollen the river now rather murky in colour and flowing rather fast, thundering over Darley Weir…


Despite a fast flowing river members of the local Rowing Club were out stretching their muscle in the early morning sun…

The Heritage Mills of the Darley Abbey Complex standing bright above the Derwent remind us of the industrial heritage of the area that depended so much upon water power.


Despite its industrial background and its close proximity to the City it still manages to offer a rural surround of tranquil peace and an ideal spot for a winter walk..



13th December

(C) David Oakes 2018


Wordless Wednesday….Another Favourite Place


Location:- Higger Tor and Carl Wark Hill Fort from Burbage Moor, Derbyshire

12th December

(C) David Oakes 2018

High on the Moors….



Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

After a period of dark, damp days, some high winds and some much needed rain, we woke to sunshine and blue skies.  The wind still scurried the clouds across the blue sky a blue that at times was watery at others much richer…and the light across the bracken was also ever changing but with an overall warming light.

We had wasted no time in reaching this one of our favourite walking areas, Stanton Moor. You are welcome to join us on our walk…


Stanton Moor is also the home of the Nine Ladies Stone Circle, an early Bronze age construction. It may be nowhere as big as Stonehenge but of no lesser importance to those early inhabitants and even todays following of Druids.


Standing in a clearing of Silver Birch the Nine Ladies is today rather quiet, it was indeed nice to have the place to ourselves, not a regular occurance.  That will not be the case on the 21st December, the Winter Solstice, when there is always a reasonable size crowd celebrating the celestial change in the suns movements from south back to the north.


The sun may have cast a warming glow but the wind was biting so it was with mixed feelings we headed back for home….and something warming.


11th December

(C) David Oakes 2018