Chasing clouds and playing with thrones on Cracken Edge

High above the village of Chinley in the Peak District is Cracken Edge.  An old gritstone quarry now in disuse, but a terrain to explore for fell racers, walkers, twitchers and mountain bikers alike.  Or folks that like exceptional views and picture takers with a love of dramatic landscapes.

But the weather can change in the blink of an eye.

To the west we marvelled at blue skies and the sun beating down on Toddbrook reservoir, to the east veils of mist loomed menacingly low over Kinderscout, threatening to unload a downpour of a torrential nature.

We were sheltered by slate and rock, watching the clouds skud by making shadows that turned a green field to darken, then back into the light again.

Cracken Edge can be a difficult climb in parts and some of the paths are described as aggressive.  You can feel like they disappear off, leaving you wondering if you are actually following a sheep track.

But the views from the top are outstanding if you trust your judgement and the signs.

Good walking boots and a raincoat are a must.  Plus a thermos and wedge of fruit cake.  Because who doesn’t want to dine like a king, when you reach the stone thrones nestled in the quarry.

Images by Nina Nixon

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This was kindly shared by Nina Nixon – a passionate, wellie-wearing photographer, wanderer of forests, collector of sticks, self-confessed whittler, campfire maker in training and marshmallow roaster. Gathering life’s precious moments. It’s all in the detail.