Days Out

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PADLEY GORGE – Saturday 30th June 2012


Saturday the 30th of June saw a group of intrepid members braving the weather to visit Padley Gorge and Burbage Valley in the Peak District. The group, Adrian, Don, Frank, Jeff, Pat, Phil, Grindy the dog and I, Eric, set out from Jeff’s at the unheard of hour of 08.30. We travelled to Grindleford via Winnets pass; this was the first Photo Opportunity. It was then time for a first, or in the case of some a second, breakfast at the Station Cafe.

After breakfast we set out between showers to walk, scramble and climb the banks of Burbage Brook as it falls over the rocks in Padley Gorge. I wasn’t long before people were fighting over tripod places and views which did not have Don’s head in. Padley Gorge is a favourite haunt for many photographers, there were decidedly few out, perhaps it was the showers or the rain from previous days which had turned the steep banks into slopes of treacherous mud.

We all survived the Gorge, I am sure that there will be many images of waterfalls coming through in future competitions, we then met up again at the open area above the falls. From here we walked past Owler Tor to Surprise View, another Photo Opportunity, to Lawrencefield and the Millwheels. However, people seemed more concerned with taking photographs of a lone ‘thistle’. There were no climbers at Lawrencefield, but it was raining again, the silver birch forest did provide enough inspiration for some to get their camera’s out again.

We returned to the cafe to discuss the walk and take shelter from the rain whist eating chip butties, sandwiches and drinking tea, I will never be forgiven as I understand the normal beverage is beer!

We then went to Ringinglow, the Top of Burbage Valley with the intention of walking down to photograph Higgar Tor and Carl Walk. The ‘best laid plans’ do often need to be reviewed and this was no exception. After a brief frenzy of activity, with people muttering about the light, the rain started again with a vengeance. The more intrepid members of the group retuned to find the remaining members sheltering behind a wall under a borrowed umbrella.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the day, I am sure that most us will return again. The views in the Gorge and the valley above are stunning, and as with all landscapes the views change with the seasons and the weather. Just a note that given the group the most surprising part of the day was, I believe, the fact that no one took a picture of a ‘Tweet on a Twig’.

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A photograph taken by one of our members

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