I wanted to share a few more images with you from my trip here in England… I landed at Manchester airport and rented a car to bring me to my vacation cottage. As you can imagine driving over here takes 100% focus since not only am I driving on the opposite side of the car and the road, but the roads here are quite a bit more narrow than what I’m used to! At first the drive was just bleh, city, city, city… but then it slowly began to become more and more rural and therefor more and more beautiful.
I finally came upon the infamous Snake Pass road and braced myself for this intense drive. This road is quite dangerous and also quite beautiful as it winds through the moors of the Peak District. I finally had to pull over to snap a couple of photos because I just couldn’t resist it any longer! I am hoping to get back up to the moors to take some more photos before I leave but these few will give you a quick idea… the peaks are quite steep and are covered with masses of heather… the display is quite breathtaking and let me tell you it took quite a bit of concentration to not gawk at it all as I was careening around the many twists and bends!
There is so much wild, untamed beauty to this land! Do you see the little fence or gate in the photo above? I think it’s got something to do with the sheep that graze these steep lands – they were dotted all throughout the landscape. These must be the “navy seals” of sheep because there is no shelter anywhere I could see – how these sheep thrive in this environment is a mystery to me but they were everywhere so I guess they’ve adapted!
Those are all the photos of the moors that I have to share for now… So next, I want to jump back over to the village of Hathersage. There are paths positively everywhere, so the other morning after breakfast I decided to explore a bit. I wasn’t sure where I was going but saw these fields and thought they looked inviting so I set out!
I found myself on this path which, it turns out, led to St. Michael’s Church in Hathersage. It was quite a hike to the top – this is part of the view going down… but at the top of the hill, I was greeted by this…
St. Michael’s Church, a beautiful and ancient structure which was a lovely site to find!
Surprisingly, the graveyard of this church is also the supposed resting place of “Little John”, you know from Robin Hood! Some say it is and some say it isn’t… Either way, I thought it was charming!
Here is the view from the graveyard – lovely, right?!
I’m off to my beloved Chatsworth House tomorrow! My very kind and generous landlord drove me over there this afternoon for a sneak-peek, what a delightful birthday gift! Here’s an image to tide you over….
I am so excited to go there I hardly know what to say! I can tell you that I may or may not post tomorrow though because there is going to be A LOT of walking and picture taking and seriously I may just come collapse in bed afterwards… we’ll see!!
I hope you enjoy these photos!
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