In August we took Ethel the campervan for a long weekend to Hayfield in High Peak, Derbyshire which is directly west of Sheffield and not far from Kinder Scout. The pic above was taken from out of the van window only ten minutes from Sheffield – glorious! It was beautifully lush compared with the arid south which had been struggling with drought and hose pipe bans.
Wildflower walk from Hayfield to New Mills
We followed the Sett Valley Trail which runs along an old railway line for 2.5 miles, mostly through woodland.
Common Ragwort – Senecio jacobaea
These alpacas were guarding the Ragwort admirably 🙂
Raspberry – Rubus idaeus
It was a beautifully cool and damp valley and the Raspberry was growing away happily.
Pencilled Cranesbill – Geranium versicolor
I do enjoy a Geranium and I’m now adding to my list of wild ones, even if originally garden escapes like this one!
Yellow Loosestrife – Lysimachia vulgaris
Broad-leaved Helleborine – Epipactis helleborine
Indian Balsam – Impatiens glandulifera
We arrived at Torrs Riverside Park in New Mills which was a lovely setting for some history learnt from information boards about the local impact of the industrial revolution.
Walk near Kinder Reservoir
The next day Mike was keen to get up a bit higher to see the views so we headed up past the reservoir onto the moor.
Cross-leaved Heath – Erica tetralix
Apparently a moor is a “a tract of open uncultivated upland, typically covered with heather” – there was plenty of that!
Ling Heather – Calluna vulgaris
Rush – Juncus
A lovely spot for a paddle after a bit of a climb.
Bracken – Pteridium aquilinum
We found some fabulous views without having to climb too high, being still very unfit after breaking my ankle earlier in the year!
For this visit we stayed at Hayfield Camping and Caravanning Club Site which was a short walk along the river to the village and pubs.
Read about last time we visited the Peak district