The view from here: Bole Hill Wood

With its overgrown industrial remains, Bole Hill Wood in the Peak District is a National Trust area that’s well worth a wander...

Bole Hill Wood


Upper Padley, Derbyshire (SK249793).


OS Explorer OL24; Landranger 119.


It’s hard to believe that this eerily quiet, winter woodland scene was once the site of a super- quarry, employing more than 400 men working dozens of huge cranes, pump rooms and a network of locomotives. Bole Hill, in the Peak District, had been small-scale quarried for centuries for its high-quality millstones.

But then, in 1901, the Derwent Valley Water Board bought it to mine 1.25 million tonnes of stone to construct its Howden and Derwent Dams. The quarry was closed in 1914 and gifted to the National Trust in 1947, where its overgrown industrial remains form part of their Longshaw and Eastern Moors estate.

For the best approach, set off from the car park at the top of Surprise View, on the Hathersage Road, and follow the cliff-lined footpath down to the quarry floor.

Landscape Photographer of the year book - cover shotThis image is taken from Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 8, £25, AA Publishing