Quite often outdoorsey folk (including myself) shout about what’s “on your doorstep” or the landscapes we take for granted in the UK. Though it has to be said we ourselves as lovers of the outdoors often overlook as to what is out in the hills when it comes to our heritage and culture.
A friend of mine who certainly doesn’t is Geoff (aka twiglegs on many online forums). He lives local to the Peak District National Park and is one such spirit who I find to be a complete inspiration. He’s extremely knowledgeable of the Peaks ancient monuments. These can be cairns, burial mounds and stone circles. If you ever get the chance to meet with Geoff, not only will you find him a very down to earth and likeable guy but you’ll be absolutely bowled over with his enthusiasm for the subject.
He has certainly opened my eyes on the wild camps we’ve shared informing of the local Peaks history and location of many ancient monuments. Such memorials of our distant past are quite hard to locate often situated in such remote places as to baffle one on why peoples worshiped or commemorated in such locations.
I thoroughly recommend you visit his and a colleagues website currently under construction. Not only will you marvel at some of the stone circles to be discovered but you will have a damn good time walking out on the hills and moors locating them. Some admittedly can be obscure and hardly of note to our eyes and others are so damn obvious you wonder why walkers and hikers don’t make more of an effort to visit such places.
You not only get some navigation practice, or new perspectives on favourite hills but come away with your imagination running riot and a likely desire to hunt down more! It certainly has had that effect on me and only instilled in myself another interest in our landscapes. It is often remarked that the UK is one large living museum and such ventures involving such monuments has given myself a more appreciative understanding of not only whats out there under our feet but of our ancestors and where we come from. Its called respect.
The Peak District is a great place to start if you find this of interest (and Geoff’s website) but also note that Wales and in particular south-eastern Snowdonia are great places to visit for such monuments.
So, to get yourself going….check out Geoff’s website here: