Currently sat here struggling to keep my eyes open typing this blog post, so I’ll keep this brief.
This weekend I set off in search of a little known stone circle in the Peak District on Bamford Moor. On Saturday evening I plodded across the moor on a fixed bearing endeavouring to locate this ancient site and capture it on video.
I ended up overshooting my bearing and found myself elsewhere amongst the knee deep heather close to a discreet cairn – cursing my impatience in seeking the stone circle and being distracted by the ever improving weather, I fixed yet another bearing after triangulating my position and soon found it.
It’s a good one this – several stones still standing with many fallen over surrounded by a ramp and ditch.
Fortunately, the heather hereabouts has recently been burnt and so the stones in it’s locale is not only easy to inspect but is an impressive sight to behold.
Not being keen to film it under grey skies and an ever dimming light I headed back and decided to set off from the campsite I was staying at with my wife the following morning. Leaving at around 5.30am I hoped to catch the sunrise smashing it’s rays over the stone circle.
Thankfully, the moon was out in force and the headtorch was set to the ‘off’ position for most of my walk. The whole world was in black and white and once I approached North Lees Hall noting it’s silhouette and dim orange lit windows – I honestly felt like I’d gone back to another century!
And tramping across Bamford Moor in moonlight was particularly eerie, too – the ground was now hard and crunched under every footstep and the heather was glowing from the night’s frost.
Eventually, I came upon the stone circle in a grey alien world and wrapped myself up snug in fleece and down clothing and waited.
I must have spent 3 hours or so at the site. You really must pay it a visit – it’s a charming place with epic views all around not least of all one being Stanage Edge and High Neb.
As time passed, I headed off back down for breakfast and detoured through some delightful woodlands to take in some autumnal scenes under blue skies and a warming sun.
Below you’ll find some freeze frame shots from the video I shot – these are only a tiny and selective snippet of what I captured – all contributing to a short 15 minute film based on certain sites in the Peak District through the seasons. This post and another (Peak District Wild Camp – some photos) should give you an idea of what I’m hoping to achieve. Though that’s it for this part of the Peak Park now – I shall be heading elsewhere in the coming weeks but I’ll return once the snows have drifted in.
Anyway, enough chit chat – I’m off for a hot bath and bed!