If you ask me what is my favourite time of year was - after taking a walk through Padley Gorge with my good friend and photographer, Mike Barber, today - I would have to say Autumn! I love colour, and Padley Gorge certainly has that with a stunning photographic opportunity around every corner - much to my excitement, I saw a Dipper flitting around but unfortunately did not manage to capture one, luckily, there is always Artistic Licence!
I feel very fortunate to live so close to such a beautiful part of the UK.
Information taken from the National Trust website:-
Follow the stone path through this ancient wooded gorge and feel centuries of history beneath your feet and overhead. Padley Gorge is one of the finest remaining examples of oak and birch woodland that once covered many Dark Peak valleys.
Down below, Burbage Brook – the largest water course running through the Longshaw estate – tumbles over the massive boulders beneath. This is a popular spot for walkers, picnickers and families in all seasons but beware! – it is
also a prized habitat for many small creatures from rare birds to hairy ants which have contributed to its designation as a site of special scientific interest.
Burbage Brook is the largest water course running through Longshaw and has cut into the main valley side to create Padley Gorge. Its source is 1,400ft (427m) up on the Hathersage and Burbage Moors.
Karen M Berisford