Peak District National Park in Derbyshire UK Gorgeous Photos That Will Inspire You to Visit

The Little Hamlet of Miller's Dale

Millers Dale is a little hamlet on the edge of a beautiful picturesque part of Great Britain called the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire. Millers Dale is situated along the River Wye between Braxton and Tideswell, a bit off the beaten path.

A hamlet is of course a small settlement, or village, and a dale (over hill and dale) is a valley in case any of my readers are not familiar with these terms. Derbyshire is a county just like the counties we have in the U.S. Brits never put an apostrophe before the s in Millers Dale. These are just a few things that may help you better understand things that are different, as well as things that are similar in the UK, to how they are here in the states.

Incredible Scenery Everywhere You Look

Monsal Weir
Monsal Weir | Source

Views To Be Seen In Peak District National Park

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Old Litton Mill
Old Litton Mill

The Old Midland Railway

The photographs here were taken along Monsal Trail, which follows the River Wye and what used to be a section of an old train track that connected Manchester to London. The railway was closed down in 1968.

It is generally believed that the “Beaching Axe” closed the railroad down, but in fact it was closed by Barbara Castle, the Labor Minister for Transport at that time. The old Millers Dale train station still stands along the Monsal Trail. See a photo of it in this hub.

The “Beeching Axe” refers to Dr. Richard Beeching (Baron), a physicist and engineer who while serving as chairman of British Railways, was instrumental in closing many miles of railroad tracks in Britain in an effort to cut costs. Because he closed many tracks and stations he became known as the Beeching Axe, presumably for “axing,” or closing so many stations and tracks.

Some people believe it was a good thing when the tracks and train station along the River Wye stopped rolling because the area was being desecrated by all of the industrial growth, killing the natural beauty.

Historic Monsal Trail Once a Railway Track Is Now a Biking and Running or Walking Trail

Walkers, runners, and bikers are surrounded by breathtaking surroundings along Monsal Trail, as you can see from the magnificent photos. The trail is reported to be wheel chair friendly along most of the way.

Millers Dale got its name from the many watermills that once populated the area. Some historians believe there was probably a mill at Millers Dale even as long ago as during the time of the Norman Conquest (1066), although Millers Dale is not recorded in what is referred to as the Domesday Book. There is much more information about the many diverse watermills that used to be located in this area by clicking here.

According to info@peakdistrictonline.co.uk, Millers Dale and Monsal Dale used to have two large cotton mills, Cressbrook and Litton Mill, the latter famous not for its operations, but for its owner Ellis Needham, who was noted for the horrific conditions his workers -- “pauper children” endured. It is reported that many of the graves of the orphans employed at the Needham mill still remain in local churchyards near where the old Litton Mill used to operate.

There are rich limestone deposits all around the Peak’s District and quarry operators naturally increased their productivity when the railway was installed. Dozens of limekilns were built along the track but only 4 remain, reportedly blended into the landscape with time, since they have not operated for many years.

For several years the train track bed could not be followed because the tunnels that the railway tracks had passed through were not safe and so those tunnels were closed. Info@peakdistrictonline.co.uk reports that those tunnels like the one pictured in this article were reopened in 2011 after being made safe again at a cost of £3.85m pounds.

Spectacular Photos of the Peak District National Park and Surrounding Area

When I received these extraordinary photos from a good friend in Britain, I knew I had to get his permission to share them. I received that permission and I hope you will enjoy his photos as much as I do.

Along Monsal Trail
Along Monsal Trail | Source
Along Monsal Trail
Along Monsal Trail | Source
Along Monsal Trail
Along Monsal Trail | Source
Along Monsal Trail
Along Monsal Trail | Source
Monsal Weir
Monsal Weir | Source
Robin
Robin
Along Monsal Trail
Along Monsal Trail | Source
Along Monsal Trail
Along Monsal Trail | Source

Short 2 Minute Video of Great Scenery

Along Monsal Trail near Millers Dale
Along Monsal Trail near Millers Dale | Source
Old Railway Station Millers Dale
Old Railway Station Millers Dale | Source
Millers Dale
Millers Dale | Source
Monks Dale along Monsal Trail
Monks Dale along Monsal Trail | Source
Monks Dale along Monsal Trail
Monks Dale along Monsal Trail | Source

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Au fait 14 months ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W., thank you for sharing this article again. It is indeed gorgeous and I wish I could see it in person, not just the gorgeous photos Keith sent me.


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Peggy W 14 months ago from Houston, Texas

Wishing to see some natural beauty again in a part of the world that I have never personally visited made me wish to view these beautiful photos in your hub once again. Sharing once again so that more people can enjoy it as well. The Peak District National Park is a beauty!


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Ruth Stanley, thank you for visiting my article. So glad you enjoyed. If only I could find a way over there I would be honored to stay in your barn! You have a really great website and some beautiful photos on it.


Ruth Stanley 22 months ago

I live in Millers Dale, and yes, you are absolutely correct it is divine. You can stay in our Barn if you would like to visit. Wonderful article. www.milnehouse.co.uk


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Au fait 23 months ago from North Texas Author

Shyron, thank you for coming back to have another look at these gorgeous photos. You didn't mention how that situation with the developer was going. Hope things are going your way.

Best wishes for a great 2015 and all the best it can bring. More hugs and blessings . . .


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Au fait 23 months ago from North Texas Author

Shyron, thank you for coming back to have another look at these gorgeous photos. You didn't mention how that situation with the developer was going. Hope things are going your way.

Best wishes for a great 2015 and all the best it can bring. More hugs and blessings . . .


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Au fait 23 months ago from North Texas Author

Shyron, thank you for coming back to have another look at these gorgeous photos. You didn't mention how that situation with the developer was going. Hope things are going your way.

Best wishes for a great 2015 and all the best it can bring. More hugs and blessings . . .


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Au fait 23 months ago from North Texas Author

Prasetio30, thank you for taking time to view these gorgeous photos and for sharing your thoughts. I'm glad you enjoyed. I hope you will have the opportunity to visit England and this beautiful park one day soon.


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Au fait 23 months ago from North Texas Author

Word55, thank you for taking time to view these gorgeous photos and to leave a comment. Hope you have the opportunity to see these beautiful scenes for real one day. Merry Christmas!


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Au fait 23 months ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for commenting and for sharing this article!


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Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago

Beautiful, I have to come back to look at this beautiful place every once in a while, we have such greedy developers who would destroy all the beauty just to feed their greed.

Shyron


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prasetio30 23 months ago from malang-indonesia

Absolutely beautiful. I just saw like this one from my television. Wow...I hope I can see this place in person someday. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Voted up!


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word55 24 months ago from Chicago

Beautiful sceneries Au fait. I'd love to go there and take it all in!


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Peggy W 24 months ago from Houston, Texas

People who are new to this site may not have seen the beauty of these photos so will once again happily share. There may be some who wish to add this gorgeous national park to their bucket list if ever crossing over to that part of the world.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Torrilynn, thank you for coming by and enjoying the photos. They are breathtaking!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for your high praise. What can be better than having someone appreciate and enjoy one's work? The photos provided by my friend in England are unbelievable. Thank you for pinning (and creating a new board), sharing, and Google+ing this article!


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torrilynn 2 years ago

beautiful photos. beautiful article.


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

I am going to create a new board titled United Kingdom and pin this there. Also Google+ and sharing it one again. I truly loved reading this hub!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for your comment Aunt Jimi. It would indeed. I love these photos.


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Aunt Jimi 2 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

Such beautiful pictures! Wouldn't it be perfect if we could go for a stroll in such a beautiful place without dying from the heat or being carried away by giant insects -- or an alligator.

Voted up, beautiful, awesome, and sharing with my followers.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Bobby (Diogenes) for stopping by and checking out these gorgeous photos. You're so lucky that you can see these things for real if you're so inclined. Yes, I've heard about Mr. Beeching before and the sentiment seems to be conclusive that he should be dug up and stoned.

Hope you're in less pain and able to enjoy the weekend . . .


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diogenes 2 years ago from UK and Mexico

Re an old comment, train tracks do much less damage to the countryside than do freeways, or motorways as we call them. Our wonderful rail system was just to good to be true and Beeching should be dug up once a year and made to sit on the M25 when the traffic is backed up for 20 miles without his tea!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Shyron, thank you for the votes and the share. I hope Jane will enjoy these photos as much as I do.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Au fait, I had to send the link to this to my friend Jane, who is from the UK, hope it does not make her homesick.

Voted up, UABI and shared.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron, for the votes, share and pin! So glad you enjoy these photos as much as I do.

Hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving! Did you get my card?


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

I love the pictures Au fait, they are so majestic, beautiful and breathtaking.

Voted up, ABI and shared and pinned to Amazing HubPages.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Moonlake for stopping by and enjoying these beautiful photos. I love them and I think my friend Keith who sent them to me is so lucky to be able to visit this park often.

Appreciate your sharing and tweeting this hub, too!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Thought I would stop by share and tweet this hub. It's a beautiful hub.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Rose-the-Planner for checking out this article, voting on it and commenting. These are amazing photos and my friend is clearly a first rate photographer. Glad you enjoyed!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W for tweeting and sharing this article! It is gorgeous.


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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

This was such an interesting and beautiful travel article on Peak District National Park in Derbyshire UK. The images are amazing! Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Going to share this fabulous hub again with my followers and also tweet it. Am sure that many people would love visiting this national park in person someday if they are ever in that part of the world. I know that I certainly would enjoy it!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for voting on and pinning this article. Glad you enjoyed the photos!


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

I've been to London, but never to this park. I would love to go see it. Your photos are amazing! I'm sharing this to my Board - Favorite Places and Spaces. Voted Up as beautiful!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron, for sharing this hub. The photos are incredible and on these awful hot Texas days I wish I could enjoy their cool temps over there along with this gorgeous scenery.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you moonlake for pinning this hub!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for taking time to view these spectacular photos sent to me by a dear friend in England, and for voting on this hub and sharing it too. Glad you enjoyed! :)


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Au fait, this is such a beautiful display of the English countryside, voted Awesome, beautiful and interesting and I will share with my followers and any way that I can.

Sorry I have not been on here all day, I had to go for an EKG for my up coming surgery Friday, yes this Coming Friday. I don't have any idea what impact this will have on my writing and any.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I'm going to try and pin this to my travel board. My pin wasn't working yesterday. It's a place I would like to visit someday.


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India

Photos are really beautiful and the place looks like it is from a fairy tale.

Really enjoyed the hub and the photos.

Voted up and shared


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for having a look at these beautiful photos. My friend in England really does take the best photos. Glad you enjoyed, and thanks for the pin!


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

Wonderful article and I love your photos. I am pinning this to my board: Favorite Places and Spaces. I'm sure my followers will enjoy it, too!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by Shyron. Wouldn't it be a great place to visit?


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

I never get enough looking at such beautiful pictures, even if they are so far away and I will never see them in person. I can still admire them here and appreciate the beauty of nature.

Voted Up BAI and shared.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W for pinning this hub. I really thought the gorgeous photos here would draw people along with information on what there is to do in this park, but alas, no one seems interested . .


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

This fabulous hub should never be idled! Going to pin this and hopefully you'll get more traffic. Would love to see more of England via your friend's photos + your research.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank ou Glenda Jacks for taking time to view these gorgeous photos! Glad you enjoyed!


Glenda Jacks 3 years ago

these are picture postcard pictures, just beautiful.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron! The photos posted in this hub are gorgeous and knowing the weather is usually tolerable (rarely 90+ degrees) only makes it look more inviting to my way of thinking!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Millionaire Tips, for reading and commenting on this hub! Hope you get to visit this park one day. The photos really are incredible!


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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA

Wow, these certainly are stunning photographs. You have clearly highlighted the beauty of the area. I would love to see it in person.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

These pictures are so beautiful, they are almost like painting.

Voting you up and awesome!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

DDE, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub! The photos are extraordinary and I'm so happy my friend shared them with me and gave his permission to use them in this hub. He is truly talented with his camera. So glad you enjoyed!


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Truly extravagant place and the photos are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing such beauty.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yes, these photos are fantastic and wouldn't it be nice to have a place like this to enjoy the outdoors and not have to be afraid of getting mugged or attacked? Hardly any of the criminal issues in England that we have here.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

DeborahNeyens, thank you for checking this hub out! The photos are gorgeous aren't they? So glad you enjoyed them. I hope you do get to visit this park.


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos. You're right; I do want to visit there now!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

connorj, thank you for dropping in. Glad you enjoyed!


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connorj 3 years ago from Altamonte Springs

Great hub!


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Yes the pictures are to die for, makes a person long to live in a place like that.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for having a look at this hub Shyron. These photos are to die for!


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Awesome hub and beautiful pictures. I can't believe I missed this one!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by & leaving a comment TravelinJack! And thanks for the follow!!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

rajan jolly, thank you for reading, commenting, voting, pinning, and sharing this hub! Glad you enjoyed!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

TToombs08, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub! So glad you enjoyed. The photos are gorgeous and Keith really is a top drawer photographer. You weren't kidding about the pennies . . . ;)


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TravelinJack 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

Peak District was one of my favorite places in England!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very informative and entertaining read Au fait. The photos are stunningly beautiful with nature at her best.

Voting this up/useful/beautiful and sharing and pinning.


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TToombs08 3 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

I am very inspired to visit! Now I have a reason to save my pennies from HP! :) Beautiful work, Au fait!!!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W, for reading & commenting on this hub! Yes, my English friend furnishes me with lots of photos and has given his permission to use them if I wish.

Alas this hub is continually idled because it gets hardly any traffic. Gorgeous as these photos are, apparently very few people want to look at them, which means I won't be writing about similar things any time soon.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

If your friend is always sending gorgeous photos from England, perhaps he will allow you to write more hubs? Friends of ours let me use their photos after visiting Mackinac Island and I ended up writing several hubs. My grandparents had been there and I have always wanted to visit it. After researching and writing the hubs...it is the next best thing to being there in person. Am sure you felt the same after writing about the Peaks District National Park in Derbyshire.

Happy New Year! :)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you sgbrown for checking out this hub and leaving a comment! Glad you enjoyed. These photos are incredible. My friend told me he took them during one of his runs through the park. He is always sending me amazing photos, but when I saw these I just had to get his permission to share.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

What a beautiful place! Very interesting information and your friend did a wonderful job taking pictures. This would be a beautiful and interesting place to visit some day! Voting up, beautiful and interesting! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W, for checking out this hub, and I'm glad you enjoyed these magnificent photos! I think Keith (photographer) missed his calling. He is always sending me gorgeous photos from England. Thanks for the votes and the share, too! Happy New Year!!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Oh my gosh...this is such magnificent scenery! Thanks to your friend and his photos along with your research, I now am acquainted with the Peaks District National Park. Each and every one of the videos were worth the time to watch. All up votes except funny and will share and tweet this hub happily.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you billybuc, for taking the time to view these gorgeous photos sent to me by a dear friend in Britain, and for your comments. Glad you enjoyed!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

So beautiful! What incredible countryside and architecture. Thank you for a wonderful tour.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

joanveronia, thank you for reading and commenting on my hub, and for the follow! So glad you enjoyed this hub. I love these photos. They're so pretty and the photographer only took one shot each and they turned out so superb!


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joanveronica 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

Hi what a wonderful article! Yes, I also like Brits! I live in Chile, but British is my home nationality. Never visited a lot in Britain, just around Liverpool, but this is so beautiful! Voted UABI and will share and pn, etc.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you John Merrill, for taking time to check out my hub. Glad you enjoyed!


John Merrill 4 years ago

Your friend takes beautiful pictures. Makes me wish I could be there in the park right now. Well done.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Tillsontitan, for reading, viewing these magnificent photos, and for commenting and heaping such grand compliments on me, and most especially my photographer friend. I think he doesn't recognize how talented he is in this area. Not so different from yourself!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Speaking of photos these are gorgeous. The countryside is breathtaking and your friend did a great job of capturing the beauty.

Your background of the area is very interesting. We have old kilns near our house as well and they have left behind some nice elements to the scenery.

Voted up, awesome and interesting.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Tammy, for commenting, and for such high praise AND for sharing & pinning. They are some of the best photos I've ever seen.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Jen: Thank you for taking time to read and comment on my hub. The photos of the Peaks District Park area are beautiful, and I'm so glad Keith agreed to let me use them so that lots of people who might not be able to visit England could see it in a way they might not have imagined it to be.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

That is one of the most beautiful photo journals I have seen on Hubpages. This looks like the setting of a movie. Looks like a wonderful place. Sharing and pinning!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Brenda12lynette: Thank you for your comments. Glad you enjoyed the photos. They are beautiful. I hope you get the chance to go to Peaks District Park too. Great scenery on the trails there!


Jen 4 years ago

What gorgeous pictures! I'd get on a plane and go there right now if I could! So glad I clicked on this.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Bobby: Good that you can get out and see some beautiful countryside -- hope the Fitchway is not all built up and citified. The photos here are magnificent! I learned a lot about England in my research. If there were any mistakes, hope you will let me know.

Yes, I do love Brits! Y'all have such a cool sense of humor, so different from most people here in the states. Thank you for commenting!


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brenda12lynette 4 years ago from Utah

Great pictures! I hope to make it to Great Britain one day so I can see this amazing scenery in person. Voted up!


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Nice Misty. We have one of the old railway tracks a few hundred yards from my house - the Flitchway - and I often go for walks along it...

Nice photos...

You seem to like Brits!

Bob

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