I had originally planned a trip to the Lakes with my work mate Mark, but he rightly pointed out that it was a bit of a trek and daylight was limited. As I was still on the hunt for a decent image of a mountain hare I quickly changed the venue to Derwent Edge in the Peak District, where I know that there are plenty of hares as I once took a group up there on a day out with the National Park Rangers.
We met at Holmfirth then made the 40 minute drive over the Strines and parked at Cutthroat Bridge, from here we followed the obvious path up to Whinstone Lee Tor just in time for sunrise. We then followed the obvious path up to Wheels Stones where we kept dropping down into the valley to capture some images of Mountain Hares.
From the trig point at Back Tor we dropped down to Dovestone Clough, then down to the reservoir. We followed the track towards the A57 then found the footpath back to Cutthroat Bridge.
A brilliant day day out with some glorious sunshine, plenty of hares about, waist deep snow in places and plenty of photo opportunities.