Masson Mill, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

Weaving Hall, Masson Mill, Matlock Bath, UK
Richard Arkwright's cotton mill - the Masson Mill in Matlock Bath was built in 1783 and produced cotton till 1991, now turned into a museum. Me and my daughter were the only visitors so the whole experience was a bit austere. Huge halls full of machines, threads, bales of materials and not a living soul. All looks and feels as if the workers had just left, with the smell of the old workshop still strong.



Tapestry, Bole Edge Plantation, Peak District
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National Park. Closed?

Surprise View, Peak District National Park

Recent government turmoil in the USA, and the resulting national parks closure, are a good moment to think what national parks mean to us. Especially in the densely populated countries.
The Peak District National Park was the first of the 15 national parks in the United Kingdom. Here's a fragment of the Park's Management Plan :

The national park contains a variety of landscapes. To the north and east, broad open moorlands interspersed with grit stone formations are characteristic of the Dark Peak and Moorland Fringes. To the east the Derwent Valley is a varied landscape of river corridor habitats, parklands and ancient woodlands rising to open moorland dominated by grit stone edges. The White Peak to the south features elevated limestone plateaux dissected by deeply cut dales and gorges, with flower-rich grasslands of international importance. The White Peak is home to most of the Peak District’s 38,000 residents, living in a thriving network of small settlements and farmed land. The South West Peak features mixed moorland and grassland landscapes with rock outcrops.
The Peak District’s unique position at the heart of the country means that around 16 million people live within one hour’s travel time of the national park, enabling millions to easily enjoy its exceptional natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities.
Throughout this plan, when we use the term landscape we do not simply mean ‘the view’. It is about the relationship between people, place and nature. It is the ever-changing backdrop to our daily lives. Landscapes are subject to constant and sometimes unpredictable forces of change in terms of both human activity, for example farming practices, and also natural processes such as weather patterns. The aim is not just to preserve a past landscape but to ensure that the special qualities which create a sense of place are both maintained and enhanced into the future. There is a need to protect our cherished landscapes whilst accommodating some changes arising from social, economic and environmental necessity.



Lightwave, Surprise View, Derwent Valley, Peak District



left, right, left or how you read the image

Back Tor, Peak District
I'll be honest, this image is flipped left to right. You can compare with the previous post. But somehow, for me it looks better this way. The interplay between the shapes of the solid and the void is more clearly readable. Must be the embedded-in-the-brain direction of reading from left to right, right?


Derwent Edge #2

Cakes of Bread, Wheel Stones. Derwent Edge, Peak District
Back Tor, Peak District

Back Tor, Peak District

When in the last post I wrote that this is an unfrequented area I had been wrong. Or partially right. This is what happens when you draw conclusions from a single event and apply them to the continuum. Maybe on a Friday evening it is deserted, but definitely not so on a Sunday afternoon, blessed with amazingly warm and sunny weather. By Peak District standards it was crowded.


Derwent Edge

Rocks along the Derwent Edge, Peak District
A very nice walk from Strines Inn to Back Tor, the eastern edge above Derwent Reservoirs. Excellent views from the top. This Part of the Peak is much less populated (if at all) and less frequented and so we met no one but red grouse. We're going there tomorrow, but a bit earlier to have time to explore those stone sculptures at the edge.

Back Tor, Peak District
Red Grouse