The stepping stones were originally built by the Victorian’s. This wide angle photograph shows the River Dove on a very sunny Saturday afternoon. After seeing these crowds of people (not just crossing the river but sat all around the banks also) I was very glad that we arrived early and were one of the first cars in the car park. These stepping stones caused a lot of controversy a couple of years ago when health and safety made the council pave the stones so that they are all the same height!
It was quite early on a Saturday morning when I was walking up Thorpe Cloud and looking across the countryside I noticed this Ice Cream Van seemingly parked in the middle of a field with nobody about. It wasn’t abandoned as we could see (by zooming on the photograph) that there was a man inside the van waiting for customers. As I walked I discussed with friends why he was there and how strange it seemed! Obviously when we got to the top of Thorpe Cloud we could look down from above and see there is a road just in front of his van which we can only presume must get a lot of passing cars later in the day.
Standing in the middle of the village of Ilam in the Peak District National Park in Staffordshire is this striking and beautiful Victorian monument in the style of an Eleanor Cross. Behind the cross you can see the extremely picturesque cottages with their very neatly kept and colourful front gardens. You can see here how the top of the cross has been completely replaced with modern sandstone after a storm caused it to crumble away in the 1960s.
This is a close up of the main landmark in Ilam, the village cross. Built in the 19th century and made of sandstone the Cross is crumbling severely. In the 1960s a violent storm blew the top quarter completely off. Obviously there have been many restorations of various parts of the cross. The above close up shows an original statue on the left with a modern sandstone replacement to compare.
The majority of visitors to Dovedale seem to gather around the stepping stones over the River Dove, seen as a small line in the top half of the frame. On warm Sunday afternoons the grass banks we see down there are filled with visitors. I have to wonder how many even look up at Thorpe Cloud, let alone climb up here to get this (and many other) wonderful views across the Peak District National Park.