Brood #midnighthaiku

Mam Tor, which means ‘mother hill’, is surrounded by her children, where the underlying layers of shale have caused landslips to form smaller hills at her base. The instability of the hill gave her the name of ‘shivering mountain’.

The hill towers 1,696 ft above Castleton in Derbyshire. Around the base of the Tor and caverns and mines where Blue John and lead have been brought from the earth since antiquity.

Over three thousand years ago, our ancestors encircled the summit of the Tor with a hillfort. Burial mounds mark their resting places and over a hundred small platforms were dug around the summit or homes to be built of wood. It must have been a bleak place to live as the Tor catches the first snows and holds them to her breast, unwilling to let them melt away.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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8 Responses to Brood #midnighthaiku

  1. tidalscribe says:

    An old school friend toook me here during my first month back in England ( when I was 20 ) I still have a blue john pendant. I must be long overdue for a visit there!


  2. Suzanne says:

    Wow – what a magnificent place. Your poem really captures the atmosphere of your photo.


  3. Tom Gould says:

    That is somewhere that I would want to be more than anywhere else all the time. I could sit there writing for days come rain or shine.


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