The breath-taking beauty of one of the UK’s most iconic national parks has been captured in a stunning new book aimed at helping visitors make the most of their visits to the Peak District.
Pictures from Photographing the Peak District, by Chris Gilbert and Mick Ryan, show gushing waterfalls and fog-covered peaks, as they attempt to provide a helpful guide for anyone wishing to capture the national park in all its glory.
Other pictures show the ruins of an old mine, while another shot sees a daughter of one of the authors sitting on the Felicity Tree, which he named after her during his time photographing it.
Who needs special effects? The photographers captured gushing waterfalls and fog-covered peaks, such as this, for the book
Dramatic moment: Atmospheric conditions at the remote Kinder Downfall waterfall during a rain storm at sunset
Perspective: Ashopton viaduct, which carries Snake Pass – a link between Manchester and Sheffield – over Ladybower reservoir
Making a splash: A hidden waterfall on the slopes of Kinder Scout near the Snake Pass road feature in the new book (left). The guidebook also features all the best pubs in the Peak District, including a 17th century coaching inn, the Eyre Arms at Hassop, where landlord Nick Smith (pictured) welcomes you
New day: A frosty morning at Higger Tor, one of the most famous photographic locations in the Peak District
Nature: On Big Moor, just beyond the outskirts of Sheffield, is a herd of over 200 red deer. The deer can be photographed year round, but the best time is from late September until November when the stags rut for the attention of the hinds
The book is a labour of love for both men, who spent hours upon hours covering as much of the park as possible to capture the maximum number of incredible shots.
And Mr Ryan says that one of the things he loves most is the diversity on display in a relatively small space.
'The Peak District has big diversity of beautiful places in a small area, you never have to travel far,' he said.
'It’s no surprise that it was the UK's first national park. I know it well, having walked and climbed there since the 80s. It’s not only wild up on the moors, but also soft and rural with farmhouses and villages.
'There are sparkling rivers and streams, wooded dales and towering cliffs, and it’s rich with wildlife.
'I like getting out when the light and weather is good for walking and photography. The Peak District is split into the Dark Peak – an area of moorland and gritstone cliffs – and the White Peak, a more rural area with lots of farms and drystone walls, villages and churches, but also deep limestone gorges that take your breath away.
'If I had to choose two favourite spots it would be the waterfall of the Kinder Downfall and the beautiful Vale of Dale, a beautiful hidden valley.'
Historic: Win Hill and Lose Hill from Hordron Edge. Reputedly in 626 an Anglo Saxon battle took place here
Howden Reservoir Dam: One of the Peak District's most popular attractions is this stunning man-made construction
Dedication: The photographers had to get up at 4am throughout the year to capture the Peak District at its best, including this snapshot of sunrise over the Dark Peak's Great Ridge
Old-school: Magpie Mine – an old lead mine south of Sheldon near Bakewell – is extensive, with several buildings and wooden horse gins
Dazzling: The Three Arch Bridge at Chatsworth House was based on the Ponte di Tiberio, Rimini, Italy, and completed in 1761
So, what was it that inspired the men to put the book together for future visitors?
'Our primary aim as authors and publishers of photo-location and visitor guidebooks is one of inspiring others to get outside to beautiful places, but equally we provide the tools to do that,' added Mr Ryan.
'It’s not just a book of pretty pictures. It includes specific directions, maps and co-ordinates to help you get to beautiful places – there are over 500 locations in the Peak book.
'We also include information on the best seasons and times to visit a place and whether they are wheelchair friendly. There are lots of tips on how to take great photographs, too, whether you are using your phone or a high-end DSLR camera.
'I think to an extent it’s a little under-appreciated, as it doesn’t have the grandeur of the Lake District’s big mountains and lakes at every turn.
'But there is so much more beauty in the Peak District, from ancient villages and churches, high moorland and cliffs, and deep limestone dales.
'Mountainous and coastal areas do get more press than inland areas, but that’s because the beauty is more obvious and easily seen – in the Peak you have to know where to go.'
Photographing the Peak District, by Chris Gilbert and Mick Ryan, is available now.
What's in a name? Photographer Mick Ryan's daughter Felicity in the Felicity Tree – which he named after her
Stunning: A winter sunset at the Wool Packs, a curious collection of gritstone boulders at 2,000ft on the Kinder Plateau
In the bleak mid-winter: A pair of determined hikers scramble over the snow-peaked hills of the acclaimed National Park
Rock-n-roll: A collection of weather-beaten boulders welcomes thousands of guests each year
Impressive insight: Sunrise looking down on the village of Edale and across to the Dark Peak's Great Ridge
Now that's a view! The St Peter's church spire in the village of Hope in the Hope valley. Taken from the summit of Mam Tor