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.
Milldale is a village of stone cottages like the fantastic example above at the northern end of Dovedale. It serves as the main access point to Dovedale from the north. Today this is a privately owned home, as the majority of the old cottages in this sleepy village are. However, if you go on a sunny Sunday afternoon as we did you probably won’t be alone!
Spotting this old black kettle and colourful hanging basket on the side of a small cottage I knew there could be a photograph. At first I was going to just zoom in closely on these two subjects, but when I put the camera to my eye I saw the red of the traditional British Telephone Box and knew that I wanted to include this in the background of the final photo. If you look very closely you might also see an old Red Post Box. This was taken in the village of Milldale in Derbyshire.