Mam Tor Sunrise

Easily the most photographed location in The Peak District, it’s easy to see why with the relatively gentle walk up, it’s sweeping long ridge with Back Tor and Lose Hill prominent in the distance, turn around and you get the grand view of Kinder Scout one side and the view towards Winnats Pass on the other side.

I’ve only been up Mam Tor for sunrise once before, when I first took up landscape photography in 2013. Since then I hadn’t returned due to wanting to explore other areas of the Peak District. However, last weekend I decided it was time to pay Mam Tor another visit. It really is a picturesque place but with that comes it’s popularity! It’s rare that you’ll go up there for sunrise on a weekend and not bump into another photographer! I think I counted 5 other photographers in a single shot of mine!

 

However, in December, the snowfall spurred me to want to revisit the location with better gear and a nice white covering on the hills. Although there was a perfectly clear sky, an odd cloud floated by and the golden glow reflecting off the snow more than made up for it!

 

I decided to pass the summit trig point and head further down towards the popular gate and Back Tor. First shot was taken just past the trig point looking down the path, the tufts of grass poking through the snow gave a lovely leading line throughout the image and I was able to capture the only cloud in the sky drifting across the Great Ridge.

 

Mam Tor Sunrise

Mam Tor Sunrise | Peak District Photography

Progressing down the hill a little more, I turned round to look back up towards Mam Tor summit, the light was lovely and golden and the trodden snow path looked wonderful!

Mam Tor Glow

Mam Tor Sunrise | Peak District Photography

Then I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to shoot the cliché gate shot, it’s cliché for a reason though, it’s such a wonderful view and although it is massively over shot, there’s no denying it does make a nice shot!

The Gate To The Ridge

Mam Tor Sunrise | Peak District Photography