Nation diary: a feast for birdwatchers – and among the greatest views within the Peak District

Bretton, Derbyshire Finches, fieldfares, tits, siskins and bramblings line up for the feeders at this distant cottage

The street between Abney and Bretton had been closed for a lot of the summer time as a landslip was repaired. The bottom hereabouts is wormed by with faults and weaknesses, a legacy of shale rocks and native lead mining. It’s a boundary of types, between limestone nation to the south and darkish gritstone moors to the north, a spot of geomantic appeal and thriller, hidden corners and sudden angles.

Now the street was open once more, providing among the greatest views within the Peak District. I finished at a distant cottage the place a tough footpath led down into the pinnacle of Bretton Clough.

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