Peak District – Monsal Trail & The DJI Phantom 4

In this video we walk along the Monsal Trail from Bakewell to Millers Dale then back via Litton Mill and Cressbrook. I took my DJI Phantom 4 for it’s first flight in the Peak District, we captured some great views of the Headstone Viaduct and even flew it though the headstone tunnel.


After the flight through the dale I packed the drone away safely as the rain that had been forecasted started to arrive. We then walked down the trail to Millers Dale station for some much needed refreshments, afterwards we turned around and headed down to the River Wye at Litton Mill. It was a nice gentle wander down stream from Litton, thankfully the river was low enough for us to get past the Limestone cliffs before arriving at Cressbrook Mill (there is an alternate route that is signposted if the water level is too high). We then made our way over the bridge at the weir and climbed back up on to the Monsal Trail. Our route then took us back to Bakewell via Hassop Station for coffee and cake… It would be rude not to stop 🙂 haha

Sadly, there is no map to go with this short post. I was conserving battery so I could use my phone for flying the drone so had ViewRanger turned off.

Fin Cop Wild Camp – https://youtu.be/2zM0sCQmk-w
Ireland Trip – https://youtu.be/twe8IfzDwDc

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All music by Dean Read. Footage shot with a Canon EOS 7D DSLR with a Canon EF 50mm – f/1.4 USM Lens, Canon EF 17-40 mm f/4.0 L USM Lens, RODE VideoMic Go Microphone with a RODE Dead Cat Wind Protector. I also used DJI Phantom 4, a GoPro Hero 3 Silver, an iPhone 6 Plus and it was edited in iMovie.

6 thoughts on “Peak District – Monsal Trail & The DJI Phantom 4

  1. You can’t beat a good walk through the peaceful, glorious Peak District, Not so keen on having a drone flying overhead though but that’s just me.

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      1. Good for you.

        Unfortunately there are a few folk out there not so keen to keep the equilibrium. Winnats Pass is now a favourite location for flying drones and a place I avoid now which is a shame, I appreciate the appeal of the Drones especially when they are used correctly and with other “countryside enjoyers” in mind.

        On a side note, I did the Ravens Tor wild camp this year, really enjoyed it, good shout! (its a tad steep though!)

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  2. I live in the Hope valley, and don’t believe drone flying is a big issue at all.
    If we can tolerate low flying fighter jets flying over with incredibly loud booms, then the odd buzzing of a drone cant be too bad. Plus at least a drone flying around in the sky for 10min usually means we have a great video to watch on YouTube a few days later 🙂
    Some people just dont like new technology, thats all it is.

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    1. Thank you for your words of support for drones David. The sound of jets and commercial flights descending in to Manchester airport are much louder than drones 🙂 I’m always very careful about when and where I fly. I don’t want to be seen as irresponsible so I always make sure I stay legal. Thanks for commenting, All the best. Dean

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