The summer solstice, the day of longest daylight, was the day I chose to spend an evening doing some photography in and around Hartington in the Peak District. Hartington is a pretty village in the limestone peak, close to the river Dove and the boundary between Derbyshire and Staffordshire. The Dove flows down through spectacular Wolfscote Dale, followed by Dovedale itself, one of the most visited parts of the Peak District National Park. My plan was to walk south past the so-called Staden barns, which are made to be photographed, then up the 388m high Wolfscote Hill, a prominent viewpoint in the area. My aim was to capture some of the beauty of the area in the evening sunshine rather than to photograph the sunset itself, which I knew would lack interest as there were virtually no clouds in the sky at all. I would simply content myself with watching the sun go down on this day of midsummer.
There were very few other people around on this beautiful evening; in fact I didn’t see a soul on my walk past the Staden barns and up Wolfscote Hill. All I had for company were the sheep. I spent some time on the summit trying to find decent compositions for photos; there is a small stretch of limestone pavement, which formed a decent foreground. This is the only limestone pavement in the Peak District. A stiff breeze was blowing and I was glad I had my fleece; even so it felt chilly despite the sunshine. As the light receded, I headed down the hill, just as the sun was dipping behind the hills, and walked back to Hartington content that I had a few decent images in my camera.