26 October 2011

Stanage

This is what Wikipedia has to say about Stanage Edge:-

Stanage Edge, or simply Stanage (from "stone edge") is a gritstone escarpment in the English Peak District, famous as a location for climbing. The northern part of the edge forms the border between the High Peak of Derbyshire and Sheffield in South Yorkshire. Its highest point is High Neb at 458 metres (1,503 ft) above sea level. Areas of Stanage were quarried in the past to produce grindstones, and some can still be seen on the hillside—carved, but never removed.

Today - October 26th - was again a really beautiful autumnal day. Visibility was marvellous. I tried - but ultimately failed - to find a neolithic stone circle on Bamford Moor about eight miles west of our house. But in the meantime I took several photos of the landscape.

Here's Overstones Farm, nestling beneath the millstone edge:-
And here's an ancient cairn - some thousands of years old - on Bamford Moor - looking west to Stanage:-
Yesterday, I was behaving like a fugitive on the run as I found my way through a pine plantation immediately east of Stanage Edge to take this picture of windswept Stanedge Lodge. It was a private hunting lodge, built in the mid nineteenth century and it is the highest inhabited dwelling within Sheffield's city boundaries. There seem to be very few photos of this substantial building and because I can find so little information about it on the internet, I plan to discover more at the city library in the next few days. I have discovered that one or two incongruous businesses now list Stanedge Lodge as their "office" address. Very peculiar -especially when you remember its isolation and its rough access track that leads through the pine woods up on to inhospitable heather moorland.

5 comments:

  1. Richard 'Pudding' Hannay.

    I love the shape of that plantation from the top of the Iron Age fort.

    Both the fort and the plantation, two examples of man trying to tame his natural habitat. (ooh move over Dave Attenborough...)

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  2. if you didnt have the stone farmhouse in the first photo..it could have been taken in hottest africa eh?

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  3. SIR BOOTH Sounds like you will have to tame your natural habitat soon by swimming for your life. Just watch out for the crocs!
    JOHN GRAY Unfortunately the herd of elephants just walked right of picture before I could get my camera out!

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  4. Well, they have electricity now... see that wind generator?

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  5. I think this was where Uncle Jack Howe was the Game keeper in the 50s.Would like more info on the building. We used to visit in the 50s

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