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Sunday 16th August was Richard’s birthday and we marked it quietly by attending one of the churches in Leek and then having an early lunch at one of our favourite cafés.  My own father died shortly before my birthday five years ago and so I knew a little how Richard was feeling.

The church we attended was St Edward the Confessor and we were comforted by the familiar words of the service and afterwards were made very welcome by members of the congregation.  I mentioned this church in a post I wrote about the visit we made last year to the Peak District.  In that same post is a mention of the favourite café.   We were concerned to see that the café was up for sale.  Would it still be there next time we visited Leek and if it was, would it still provide us with tasty oatcakes?

I didn’t take any photographs of the interior of the church but Richard did with his phone.  The church contains some beautiful embroidery and stained glass.


Stained glass in the church of St Edward the Confessor, Leek


Stained glass window – St Edward the Confessor

I know that one window in the north transept was designed by Edward Burne Jones and made by Morris and Co.  Not having any means of finding out for certain which of these two windows is the window I cannot tag the photo.  (I think it might be the round window).

IMG_5449Hen Cloud

Hen Cloud from Ramshaw Rocks

The following day, we drove the short distance to Ramshaw Rocks as we wanted to walk on them again.  We parked the car by the side of the narrow road and walked up to the first of the rocks – the one we call the ‘Top Hat’ rock.

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‘Top Hat’ rock. I expect you can’t understand why we call it that!

I can see another photo-bombing bee!

IMG_5451Heather and bilberries

Heather (Calluna vulgaris) and Bilberries (Vaccinium myrtillus)


A sweet and juicy bilberry!


Beautiful grasses – possibly Tufted Hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa)

IMG_5454R at top hat rock

Perhaps you see now why we call it the ‘Top Hat’!

This rock may look familiar to some of you.  Perhaps I should give you a clue.  Stick with the link – you will see the rock eventually.  If you haven’t the patience, the rock appears at 4.38 minutes into the clip.

IMG_5495Top hat

This rock can be seen very clearly from the road on your left as you go north along the A53 from Leek to Buxton.

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The photos in the slideshow are all of the rocks we saw on our walk.

IMG_5459View from RamshawRocks

A view of the surrounding countryside from Ramshaw Rocks

IMG_5461Common Cotton-grass still in flower

I was surprised to see this Common Cotton-grass (Eriophorum angustifolium) still in flower in August

IMG_5462Lichen and moss on rock

Lichen and moss on a rock

IMG_5467Common Cotton-grass

More Common Cotton-grass

IMG_5468Cocoon on heather

A cocoon on Heather. I don’t know what made the cocoon.


Tormentil (Potentilla erecta)

IMG_5475R climbing

Richard climbing up the hill

IMG_5476View from R Rocks

A view

IMG_5477View of hills

and another!

IMG_5479R and carved rock

Richard and the carved boulder

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IMG_5488Unknown flower

This is some type of Bedstraw plant. Note the pink spots on the flower buds.

IMG_5493Tiny fir tree

I found this tiny fir tree next to the path.


This colourful Rosebay Willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium) caught my eye.

We had by this time walked back to near where we had begun our walk.  We returned to our caravan for our evening meal and a hot drink.

Thanks for visiting!