Mountain Hare Photography
Peak District National Park
A fantastic and unique photography and nature experience which takes you on a short walk to one of the wildest parts of the Peak District National Park. Here your guide will assist you to take great photographs and you will have plenty of time to photograph and observe the mountain hares in their natural habitat. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the ecology and restoration of these amazing bog and moorland habitats.
Photograph and observe rare mountain hares
Learn about this unique area’s nature and conservation with your guide
Private tour tailored specifically to you
5 to 8 hour experience (depending on your timing preferences)
Photograph the rare Mountain Hares in the Peak District National Park
The highest points of the Peak District are the only places in England where you can still find Mountain Hares. During winter, when they change to their white winter coats, is the best time to view and photograph Mountain Hares in their natural habitat.
Most people will never see them when walking in the hills but I have a 100% record of seeing them on these trips. The day will be planned specifically for you and will provide plenty of time to photograph, or just to watch these amazing animals. It goes without saying that it's worth taking along a camera with a long lens or zoom and binoculars if you have them.
To get to the optimum locations involves a walk of around 3 miles in each direction, starting from the Snake Pass road, between Glossop and Sheffield. After a gradual climb of around 200m (600ft) we reach a flattening from where we leave the Pennine Way path. I will navigate you across the complex moorland terrain to some of the best locations to see and photograph Mountain Hares in their natural habitat. There will also be the chance of seeing short eared owls, golden plover, red grouse, kestrels and other wildlife on these trips as well as learning about the ecology and restoration of these amazing bog and moorland habitats.
Timings & Location
Available: All Year
Location: Snake Pass, Glossop, Derbyshire
Price: £160 for 1 person, Add £80 for each additional person
Grade: Moderate (suitable for people with a reasonable degree of fitness)
Total Length: 10km/6miles
Total Height Gain: 250m/800ft
The walk is mostly on a mixture of good tracks and smaller footpaths which can be rough in places and includes a few gradual hills. Some of the path is paved and tends to be a little slippy when wet. At any time of year there are likely to be some muddy sections, especially once we start to head away from the Pennine Way across the moors. The terrain here becomes rougher with no paths in some sections.
Recommended Equipment & Clothing
Appropriate walking clothing to keep you warm on the day (no jeans)
Waterproof jacket and trousers (the ground is likely to be wet and you may want to sit, kneel or lie on the ground for the best shots. A bean bag rest can be handy too)
Spare warm layers (it can get very cold in winter whilst photographing the hares)
Walking boots (some areas are rough and uneven so boots providing good ankle support and waterproof are recommended rather than low cut walking/trail shoes. Boots will also keep your feet drier than walking shoes in boggy areas.) No Trainers.
Warm hat and gloves or sun hat if sunny
Food, drink and snacks for the day.
Personal first aid kit (for minor cuts, blisters, sun cream, pain relief etc and any personal medication)
Rucksack with waterproof liner/bag
Photography gear (DSLR or bridge camera with ideally 300m lens/zoom or longer)
Optional additions: binoculars, gaiters and/or walking poles if you use them.