Stanage Edge

The longest of the gritstone "edges" which run in a line along the boundary between the gritstone and limestone areas of the Peak, Stanage Edge is very popular with rock climbers. On most summer evenings there are several groups practicing their technique on these rocky outcrops.
The left hand picture shows the eastern end of the edge. The wind can be very strong up here causing the waterfalls to travel the wrong way. Who said water can't go uphill?
The strange marks on these rocks appear to have been cut by shepherds to channel the rain water into the hollow for the benefit of their sheep.

At one time these hills were a hive of industry. The gritstone was ideal for making grindstones for the nearby steel industry of Sheffield. They were used by the grinders for finishing the rough shaped cutlery and tools, often to an accuracy of finish that is hard to reproduce even today.

Then, one day, someone invented synthetic grinding wheels which were cheaper, better and more reliable. The bottom dropped out of the market for the natural stone wheels almost overnight and the workers simply upped and left, leaving their half finished work where it was.
I was up here one day in early spring and the misty atmosphere created these wonderful views towards Hope Valley.