Probably my most visited hill because it’s within easy reach of where I live, Kinder Scout has fascinating geology and ecology and endless scope for making landscape images. The view down the Grindsbrook to Edale and the Great Ridge beyond is one of my favourite views within the Peak District and I usually make a point of taking in the view at some point during a day on Kinder Scout circuit. I love the groughs and gritstone of the Dark Peak, it easy to forget the dense population centres that surround the vast wilderness of Kinder Scout, Bleaklow, Black Hill and Saddleworth Moor. Unpredictable weather can often make it inhospitable for the unprepared but for those who are and know what to expect, it makes for some of the most exhilarating moorland walking and wildcamping and a playground for a multitude of outdoor activities. The paradox of the sense of scale from the big skies to the seemingly endless undulating peat landscape and a welcome solitude that can only be appreciated by those who are wanting to embrace it and make the effort. From this vantage point, looking toward the softer landscape of the White Peak you can also immerse yourself in the social histories of the two landscapes. Both very different but equally important in the shaping of our industrial heritage as well as our freedom to explore.
Fuji GX617, 90mm lens, Fuji Velvia 50asa.