Michael Dutson Landscape Photography

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West Pennine Moors Series

This 90-square-mile area of wild, unspoilt countryside is a rural haven and a perfect contrast to the nearby towns and an area in which I call home. Numerous walking paths criss-cross the region and allow access to the many reservoirs and moor tops with their remains of old scattered gritstone farmsteads many of which have been long abandoned or deserted; a testament to those who scratched a living on these barren heights. The moors are lower in height than the main spine of the South Pennines and at 1,496 feet (456 m), the highest point is at Winter Hill, which is easily recognisable from miles around due to the 1,000ft transmitter mast located on its summit.