I’m sure I’ve mentioned time and time again how amazing it is to live in a city like Sheffield as you get the Peak District on your doorstep. For Christmas my sister’s husband bought me a book on all the incredible photography spots in the Peaks so over the next few months I intend to share all the places I tick off. Today my boyfriend and I headed out to Bamford Edge, a cliff face with spectacular views overlooking Hope Valley and Ladybower Reservoir.
First things first… getting there. The easiest method is to drive, the recommended postcode for parking is S33 0BW (Long Causeway Car Park) but if you follow the road onwards (assuming you’ve come from Sheffield and are heading in the direction towards Ladybower) you should hit New Road, on your right you’ll see a lay-by that you can park in and the stile to climb the barbed fence to continue on foot.
The walk to the top and main view points isn’t too bad at all, as you can walk towards the rocks at a steady ascent, if you were to approach from directly below I imagine it to be considerably steeper. The walk up would probably take 20 minutes or so (or a lot longer if like me you decide to give sheep a photoshoot on route) and it’s easy to follow the well worn path in the grass.
As you climb the moor hillside you are firstly greeted with a great view of Win Hill and Castleton’s Mam Tor ( only just visible through the clouds in the above photo).
If you’re not afraid of heights, there’s plenty of opportunities to take some amazing photos on the clifftop, obviously just be very careful especially as the wind can pic up by the edge. You really can’t beat this view over Ladybower Reservoir, I already can’t wait to come back and see it late summer when the hills are covered in purple heather.
As the sun began to get low above Hope Valley, the clouds began to roll in and paint the wintery fields some beautiful pastel shades.
Have you been to Bamford Edge before? Let me know your favourite spots in the Peak District, I’ll definitely be sharing many more.