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MONSAL HEAD

This place is one of the most photographed places in the whole of the Peak District and indeed I have shown the ‘standard’ view taken from Monsal head of Monsal Dale and the old railway viaduct below. This time I decided to do something a bit different and this is a panorama made up from 13 individual images taken as one row of 7 and another of 6 exposures and then blended together in Photoshop CS3. In 1959 I walked all the way along the bottom of that valley from left to right on a holiday with my school.

 

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MONSAL HEAD

This place is one of the most photographed places in the whole of the Peak District and indeed I have shown the ‘standard’ view taken from Monsal head of Monsal Dale and the old railway viaduct below. This time I decided to do something a bit different and this is a panorama made up from 13 individual images taken as one row of 7 and another of 6 exposures and then blended together in Photoshop CS3. In 1959 I walked all the way along the bottom of that valley from left to right on a holiday with my school.

 

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  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Sep 2014, 00:19
I suppose that old railway duct was old even in 1959, Brian?
Brian Walbey: Indeed it was Ray, this line went right through the heart of the Peak District on its route from London to Manchester and opened in 1849. This section was sadly, and stupidly, closed in 1968 and is now a cycle path and where the viaduct disappears in to the trees it goes straight in to a tunnel.
How green is my valley....
Brian Walbey: Indeed Elizabeth, a very popular place to visit, this was taken from the garden of an excellent tearoom looking down in to the valley, we've been there several times. You must persuade Frank to take you here and other parts of the Peak District, it is beautiful yet quite different to the Lakes.
I keep telling myself that one day I will try such a stitching feat, Brian. In the meantime, I'll be inspired by you.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ginnie, I have CS3 which has the stitching facility but there are plenty of other software packages that do it, a lot of them free.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 Sep 2014, 07:03
Very cleverly done Brian. The railway, which ran from Manchester to Derby, was once the Midland main line to London. It closed in 1968 when BR was run by idiots and the government couldn't care less..
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris. If this line was still open it would be a real benefit to the area for tourism and a handy alternative route up to the North from London.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Sep 2014, 07:10
"Green and pleasant land" - you often recall your schooltime! It might have been a good time.
Brian Walbey: This part of our country is one of the most beautiful as well Philine, as fine as the Lakes but very different also. I have no complaints about my school days, if I had to go back to school now, at the age of 70, as long as the same people were there with me I wouldn't mind at all.
i picked out the viaduct as soon as i opened your page... great landscape Brian....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter, this is a beautiful area to visit.
  • blackdog
  • This Sceptred Isle
  • 3 Sep 2014, 08:11
Very lush and you can see why it is so popular. Well done with the photo-stiching.
Brian Walbey: One of the most visited parts of the country Mike, especially Monsal, this is taken from the garden of a very fine tearoom overlooking the valley.
very fresh and friendly
Brian Walbey: It is a lovely part of my country Chantal.
Well done indeed Brian! This wonderful panorama must bring back great memories to you.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard. It does bring back a few memories, that school trip was the first time that I, and most of my fellow pupils, had ever been away from home and our parents, and I think even then I appreciated what lovely countryside we were walking through. My parents bought me my first ever camera to take with me.
That is a lot of sewing Brian! Good end result
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill, I took several panos.but this came out the best.
really liking the streaking clouds on the right. great image overall
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ayush, we were lucky with the weather that particular day.
A sea of gorgeous green is always appealing.
Brian Walbey: This is about 1.5 hours from where we live but, although the scenery is different, we get all these lovely greens in the spring round my way, I love that time of year for that reason.
Lovely shot and one I know, having cycled the trail both ways back in May.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Suzanne, no doubt you will have enjoyed that journey through the dale.
It is such a lovely area and we had a wonderful 12 days up at Buxton.
Brian Walbey: It is a beautiful area Suzanne, we only live just over an hour away from the Matlock area and ought to find more time to go there. We've had two holidays over the years in Buxton, a lovely town.
Very cleverly done, Brian. How beautifully green it is.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Pauline. May/June is the best time of year for greens like this isn't it.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 3 Sep 2014, 16:19
I am amazed that this is made up of so many pictures, Brian
Brian Walbey: One of the most ambitious I've done Lisl, I am quite pleased with it.
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 3 Sep 2014, 17:38
I can just hear the environmentalists up in arms about the destruction of this beautiful valley by a railway Brian.
Brian Walbey: I think in 1849 there were only hard-nosed business men Chad, the environment was an un-thought about thing I would think.
A grand view, Brian. You certainly put some work into it.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Frank, about the most ambitious pano.I've attempted. I suspect you might get some fine panos.out on the plains where you are now.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Sep 2014, 20:47
A wonderful location. I understand that the tunnels are now open to walkers and cyclists although I've yet to go through them myself. I walked and cycled along the viaduct, walked under it and cycled up the hill beyond and to its left. One of the gang has tried cycling through the river and has fallen off, much to the amusement for her set of us who crossed on the bridge. Happy days!
Brian Walbey: It is a lovely location Alan, as your friend found when he went for an unplanned swim smile Details of the full cycle trail are here http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/trails/monsaltrail I believe it has only been open for a short while as it is now with the tunnels opened up, BTW the tearoom at Monsal Head is excellent should you go that way.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Sep 2014, 20:48
Well done on the stitching, by the way.. can't see the joins.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan, about the most ambitious pano.I've tried.
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 3 Sep 2014, 22:26
I knew this from the thumb ... Fabulous country for old men, Brian
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is Richard, and youngsters as well, our daughter and her husband camped with friends in this area two weeks ago and really loved it.

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