The Derbyshire countryside and Peak District National Park have some of the best locations for landscape photography in the country. There are deep valleys, remains of a coral reef, beautiful ravines and some truly expansive views. There’re so many diverse and different places to capture in the Peak District but we thought we’d start you off with the top ten locations for landscape photography in the Peak District, just as a starting point…

Winnats Pass, Hope Valley

Winnats Pass, whether it be the dramatic view from the top or the winding road below, has to be of one the most photogenic parts of the Peak District. This limestone gorge was once, hundreds of millions of year ago, completely submerged under water, which is one of the reasons why it has such a unique feel to it. The craggy rocks and vast valley below make for some seriously dramatic shots, take a look at this photo from Instagram:

This viewpoint captures the natural beauty of the Peak District perfectly –it’s a place that allows photographers to capture expansive, dramatic or even whimsical shots.

Winnats Pass is best accessed from the village of Castleton, where there’s a pay & display car park at the Visitor Centre. Castleton is also a great place for some pub grub!

  Head over to our Instagram to see more of the best that we’ve re-posted.

Chrome Hill & Parkhouse Hill, Earl Sterndale, near Buxton

Photographing Chrome Hill & Parkhouse Hill will never give you ‘average’ landscape photographs. No matter what level your skills are, this rugged yet breath-taking part of the National Park will practically hand you great photos itself!

There’s something in the fact that this was once a coral reef hundreds of million years ago, so its staggered shape is truly spectacular and completely different from most landscapes.

For parking, head to the village of Earl Sterndale, near Buxton. It’s a really small place so if you can see the Quiet Woman pub, you’re in the right where you need to be, as the walk starts just over the field behind.

Follow directions for: Earl Sterndale, Buxton, Derbyshire, Buxton SK17 0BU

The Trinicle, Saddleworth Moor, near Oldham, Greater Manchester

Saddleworth Moor is another spot that landscape photographers will love. The expansive, rustic moors with the reservoirs in the distance make for dramatic photos.

Walking from Dovestone Reservoir, it is a trek to get to the ultimate spot, a rock formation known as ‘The Trinicle’, but it’s worth it. The Trinicle gives an amazing and unique focal point for your landscape photography. I mean, just take a look…

Dovestone Reservoir is a 20 minute drive from Oldham and only a 50 minute drive from the centre of Manchester itself, making it ideal for city-dwelling photographers. There’s a big pay & display carpark there too.

The Great Ridge, Mam Tor

James Grant Photography 

Mam Tor has to be one of the most iconic parts of the Peak District, with the ‘classic’ shot being the Great Ridge’s gate and fence, with the sweeping landscape of Mam Tor and the famous path leading on.

The easiest and most direct place to park for shooting here would be Mam Nick car park, as from there it’s just a short (but steep) walk straight up to the summit.

From there, there it’s pretty much a landscape photographer’s dream – there’s amazing views on to Hope Valley, and depending on when you arrive, chance of catching the atmospheric morning mist. But if you’re really lucky, and get up with the birds, there’s a chance you’ll get to see a cloud inversion.

As with most places of such amazing natural beauty, this place photographs best at sunrise. Not only will there be less people, but the colours across the landscape can be stunning.

From Mam Tor it’s very possible to walk down into Cave Dale (another fantastic place to photograph) and onto Castleton. Castleton is a great place for Peak District photography, in the way that it’s the idyllic ‘chocolate-box’ village. There’s picturesque cottages and a running river… pretty perfect really.

If you want to make more of a day out of photographing the Peak District, you could very easily combine photographing Mam Tor with both Cave Dale and Winnats Pass, as mentioned above.

The nearby Mam Nick Car Park can be found using postcode: S33 8WA

Dovedale, Ashbourne

Unlike the three locations mentioned before, Dovedale is a great place to photograph if you’d prefer not to or are unable to hike up to great heights. This easily accessible ravine is a beautiful part of the Peak District, with loads of interesting aspects to capture.

The main attraction are the stepping stones of Dovedale, which are highly loved and photographed, but there’s also the path along the River Dove, Thorpe Cloud (which does give fantastic views of the ravine below if you can climb to the top), Reynard’s Cave, and many other unique quirks and charms along the way!

There’s a pay & display car park at Dovedale, which can be found using this postcode: Ilam, DE6 2AY

Ladybower Reservoir, Bamford

Ladybower Reservoir is another location that you needn’t hike for hours to get great photos. Being one of the Upper Derwent Valley reservoirs, this part of the Peak District is one with loads of artistic potential for photographers. There’s Ladybower’s famous plughole, the reflection of the sunken viaduct on the still water, not to mention the masses of woodland surrounding the trio of reservoirs.

Tesni Ward Photography

To take photos of any of the Upper Derwent Valley reservoirs or surrounding woodland, there’s a pay & display car park at Fairholmes Visitor Centre. From there you can either walk down to Ladybower (which you would have passed on your way to the visitor centre), or follow signs for Derwent Dam to get to Howden.

For the full walking route for Howden Dam & Reservoir, click here!

Fairholmes Car Park & Visitor Centre can be found using this address: Hope Valley, S33 0AQ.

Curbar Edge, near Chesterfield

Curbar Edge is a great place to photograph the green patchwork-quilt that is the Derbyshire countryside, and comes with a view that changes with the seasons.

If you visit in late August or September you’ll be able to capture the purple heather in all its glory, but sunrise always makes for stunning photography across Curbar Edge and Curbar Gap, no matter what the season.

Phil Sproson Photography

Curbar Gap is occasionally taken over by a heard of gorgeous (and completely massive) Highland Cattle. These wonderful animals are great to snap some pics of and are a great addition to a classic landscape shot.

Wakes World

There’s a car park and some roadside parking just a stone’s throw away from Curbar Edge and some of the best views available here. Put Clodhall Lane, Hope Valley, S32 3YR into your Satnav to get to this spot.

If you’re looking down the hill from the car park, Curbar Edge is to your right and Curbar Gap is to your left – both options are very much worth exploring with your camera!

Higger Tor, Longshaw Estate, near Sheffield

Higger Tor on the Longshaw Estate, although beautiful to photograph all year round is especially magical in late summer, when the Heather’s in bloom. Higger Tor itself is a gritstone outcrop, one that’s easily recognisable and adds great depth to photographs, combine that with a few discarded Millstones across the landscape and you’ve got a classic Peak District shot!

James Grant Photography

A good car park for Higger Tor is Surprise View (S32 1DA), which allows you to photograph the interesting landscape leading up to it as well as the main event!

Higger Tor is also accessible from the Longshaw Estate Car Park (S17 3BJ), which will take you via the very pretty Padley Gorge. There’s trees and a stream, making it the perfect place for an Autumn shoot – it’s also more of a family-friendly place to start!

Lud’s Church, Gradbach, Staffordshire

This is a place to capture the Peak District in a completely different light, a literal ‘hidden gem’. Lud’s Church is a 50 foot deep chasm in the hillside, really close to the Roaches in the Staffordshire Peak District. The Roaches themselves are another interesting location for photography, both as a subject and a viewpoint from the top – it’s also the place to see Peregrine Falcons if you’re into wildlife photography too!

Lud’s Church itself is accessible via some very small stone steps, and as you reach the bottom you’re surrounded by bright green moss, interesting plants and reddish dirt under your feet. The colours hidden in this chasm are amazing, and although this isn’t technically a Peak District landscape, its uniqueness makes for some seriously interesting shots.

The best place to park is on the roadside, near The Roaches Tea Room. From here it’s a good, steep walk up to the top of the Roaches and along to find Lud’s Church.

Wolfscote Dale, Hartington

The walk to Wolfscote Dale from Hartington is one that comes with loads of great photographic opportunities, with countless different subjects to capture.

First you’ll walk through Beresford Dale, with the River Dove beside you. There’re loads of great places to take photos here, but keeping walking to Wolfscote Dale and the landscape drastically opens.

It’s a deep valley with the River Dove running down the middle, there’s interesting rock cliffs, such as the impressive Drabber Tor, followed by fantastic limestone hills.

This walk starts directly behind the public toilets in the small village of Hartington, and there’s roadside parking available right in the centre or very close-by.

We love to see and share your Peak District Photography and snaps of Derbyshire, so make your to tag us on Twitter with @vpdd and on Instagram with @visitpeakdistrict – you could even use #UniqueDistrict to be in with even more of a chance of a retweet or Insta-feature!




  1. Katie
    Coming to the Peaks District in July 2019, wondering if there are any day trip photography opportunities given by either a local photographer or group. Thx

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