Combs Edge – Peak District

Combs Edge from Castle Naze
Combs Edge from Castle Naze, White Peak, Peak District National Park

Combs Edge from Castle Naze. Gritstone within the limestone country of the White Peak in the Peak District National Park.

It sits on the very edge of the national park boundary, to the left of the edge is outside the national park. What seems to be an odd exclusion from the park makes sense once you look at a map. A guiding principle in establishing national parks back in the 40’s and 50’s was the exclusion of major built up areas. Behind Castle Naze sits the towns of Buxton, Whaley Bridge and Chapel en le Frith, all major centers of habitation and commerce.

They point a barren finger in to the park boundary and at night can clearly be seen from space as a tentacle of light within the darkness of the national park. The Peak District National Park is the only national park in the world that can be seen from space at night.

 

Author: Paul Besley

Writer I have spent most of my life escaping into the Peak District National Park, I have grown to love the solitude it can bring. I also have an interest in the growing field of psychogeography particularly, in post-industrial landscapes. I am the author of Dark Peak Walks published by Cicerone Press. I am also studying Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University.

One thought on “Combs Edge – Peak District”

  1. Used to walk around the edge long before open access. Sometimes fighting through tall heather. Great views and ancient ramparts. Usually finished up in the Beehive pub at Combs.

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