Now there’s a Surprise!

This week, we spent a couple of days in the Dark Peak, primarily to visit the RHS show at Chatsworth. We stayed at the Fox House Inn on the road from Sheffield into the Hope Valley. I spent my childhood and pre-university years in Rotherham, and this area was one of my hiking and cycling favourites in my youth.  I had quite forgotten how ruggedly beautiful this area is, and since it must be 50-odd years since I was here last, I took the opportunity to re-visit some old haunts. As the road from Sheffield to Hathersage rounds a bend on Millstone Edge, suddenly the whole of the Hope Valley opens up in front of you. This is known as the “Surprise View”. There is now a car park there so you can walk and enjoy the view. Surprisingly (!) I encountered this enlightened information sign.

It seemed a little curious, although informative, to choose M64 to expand on instead of the more usual culprits like M31.

I wonder if we should consider something similar at Rosliston? (If we could get someone else to sponsor it!)


Out of interest, and for comparison, Rob recently imaged M64 at

Here is my own re-processed PD camera version from 4 years or so ago:


3 Responses

  1. Completely agree on the area around Hope- it’s very beautiful, and there seems to be a concerted effort by the Peak District authorities to promote dark skies. More power to ’em! Nice to see M64 getting a bit of promotion too!

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