Following the contours of the Derbyshire dale, the 15 mile trackbed of a disused railway cuts a picturesque swathe through limestone meadow and sheep pasturage. Drystone walls keep grazers at bay allowing native flora to thrive in undisturbed abundance all along the ‘High Peak’ trail.
Wildflowers grow in semi-uniform tiers as well as dense swathes of species planting; a design template we ornamental gardeners attempt to emulate. Pastels are the dominant palette with towering willowherb and grasses forming a backdrop of rose and oatmeal hues whilst vetch, vetchlings and clover scrabble together at the wayside fringes. In between are the blue-purple midlanders of Meadow geranium, Scabious and Knapweed although so diverse is the flora here that it would take a highly knowledgeable field specialist to identify them all. Read More…»