Thursday, 28 April 2011

Waterfall Church

SS James & Bartholomew, Waterfall
(Canon EOS 60D, Tamron 10-24mm @ 19mm, 1/400s @ f/9.0)

The tiny village of Waterfall is between Leek and Ashbourne and close to the Manifold Valley. My walk yesterday Started from nearby Grindon, headed down into the Manifold Valley and along the Manifold Track (now a cycle route, but once a light railway line) and then up to Waterfall. The church is beautifully maintained in a well-kept churchyard.

Waterfall Low

(Canon EOS 60D, Sigma 17-70mm @ 62mm, 1/400s @ f/9.0)

A hill nearby is called Waterfall Low. Many of the hills in the Peak District are called "Lows". The name comes from the Old English word "Hlàw", which simply means hill. Many of the Peak District Lows have neolithic burial mounds at the top and Waterfall Low is no exception. In the photo you can make out the profile of the tumulus to the left within the clump of trees. The sites have been viewed as sacred or magical through the ages which explains why these hilltops often are blessed with a small clump of trees, never cleared for fear of disturbing the spirits of the ancients!


  1. Lovely shots of a very beautiful area. I missed out on many of the small villages on the Staffordshire border despite living in Tideswell for years.

  2. We now live in Cheddleton (south of Leek) and I hope to be able to get to know lots of the local villages. As a Derbyshire lad, I'm quite surprised by how attractive North Staffs is!

  3. What a beautiful site. It is so good to be reminded of the true wealth that surrounds us.

    With it's relaxed presentation of your gorgeous pictures and the well researched narrative it is a true pleasure to visit.

    Not only should this site be featured by the English tourist board, it should be on the National Health as well.

  4. Thanks Graham. Do I get the prescription charges? LOL!