Back Tor on a foggy morning, Great Ridge, Derbyshire.
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On the edge. Back Tor, Peak District
This wintry shot shows a cluster of trees huddling together as the fog rolls over the edge of Back Tor on the Great Ridge, one of the most popular walks in the Peak District. The ridge runs for nearly two miles from its highest point on Mam Tor, across Hollins Cross Hill and Back Tor to Lose Hill and divides the park’s limestone White Peak from the gritstone of the Dark Peak. Walking along it, above the villages of Castleton and Hope, walkers are treated to spectacular views across Edale and Hope Valley, if the fog lifts.
The Peak District was the UK’s first national park, designated in 1951, and covers more than 555 sq miles of exceptionally beautiful landscape, including moors, dales, forests and market towns – people have lived and shaped the landscape here for 10,000 years. It rises above the surrounding lowlands and is split into three areas: the desolate moorland and steep, rocky gritstone slopes of the Dark Peak, the White Peak, with its gently rolling limestone uplands and dales, and the mosaic of moorland, pastures and farmland of the South West Peak. It’s also famous for its natural spring water and delicious Bakewell puddings – just the ticket after a long winter walk.