Dove Stones, Peak District, England

Walking in the Peak District: a northern soul revival

Growing up in the Pennines I admit I’m guilty of previously taking the area’s natural good looks for granted. So while we were in Manchester last weekend, I took my outdoor-loving fella on his first proper wander in the glorious Peak District. (Even if you’re not based in the north you might be surprised that the train from London only takes two hours–most of my southern friends can’t believe it. No more excuses!)

These days, returning with a fresh pair of eyes, I’m so much more aware of how beautifully wild the Peak District is. The north may not have Big Ben but the scenery isn’t too bad either (also: tap water tastes amazing, take that London).

I’ve walked around Dove Stone reservoir before, so we opted for a brisk 1.9 mile up-hill hike to Chew reservoir. The views at the top weren’t exactly worth the steep, chilly climb, but the views along the way were stunning. I love the colours and the textures of the moors, especially at this time of year. On that note, hello mince pie season!

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