A photo blog illustrating the beautiful countryside within a walk or short drive of the town of Leek, Staffordshire. The area covered includes the Peak District National Park, Staffordshire Moorlands, Cannock Chase and South-east Cheshire.
This limestone cliff and cave is at the point where Beresford Dale becomes Wolfscote Dale. Local lore has it that a cobbler named Frank had his workshop here. What is more certain is that the cave was investigated in the early 20th century and the remains of several individuals dating from the iron age were found. (Canon EOS 60D, Tamron 10-24mm @15mm, 1/250s @ f/7.1)
The garden was created by James Bateman in the 19th century and is now owned by the National Trust. There are several thematic gardens within the whole including this Chinese inspired one. Others include "Italy" and "Egypt" complete with yew tree clipped into a pyramid! (Canon EOS 60D, Tamron 10-24mm @ 11mm, 1/500s @ f/7.1)
The River Dove runs through Beresford Dale before entering Wolfscote Dale and Dovedale. Beresford Dale is associated with Isaac Walton and his friend Charles Cotton, and the Walton's famous book "The Compleat Angler". The pillar of rock (to the left of the photo) is the "pike" after which the pool is named. Charles Cotton lived in Beresford Hall, above the dale, and built a fishing house in 1674 for use by himself and his friend Isaac. (Canon EOS 60D, Tamron 10-24mm @ 15mm, 3 exposures tone mapped in Photomatix)
Taken on this morning's walk with Button. The poor summer weather continues. Half an hour after this photo it was raining hard! Flaming June! (Canon EOS 60D, Tamron 10-24mm @ 10mm, 3 exposures tone mapped in Photomatix)