This elegant copse of trees stands high on a hillside overlooking the village of Hayfield, along a footpath called The Snake Path.
While the copse retains its name, “Twenty Trees”, there are, in fact, only nineteen.
There were twenty until 1944, when a local farmer sent two young lads out to saw down one of the trees so he could make gateposts. After felling the tree, the lads used two horses to pull out the stump, so there is no evidence of the missing tree today.
Twenty Trees is one of my favourite locations in the Peak District of England to photograph and a place I always visit when I am in the area. Its location high on a steeply sloping hillside makes it possible to create clean, uncluttered compositions and the dry limestone wall adds extra interest.
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