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12 photos that capture the true beauty of Mam Tor

PUBLISHED: 00:00 11 June 2016 | UPDATED: 12:56 16 June 2016

A view from Mam Tor by Thomas Wilcox

A view from Mam Tor by Thomas Wilcox

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Our readers share their photos of an iconic Peak District spot.

Rising to a height of 1,696 feet, Mam Tor is one of the best-known and most visited landmarks in the Peak District. Lying close to the village of Castleton - a magnet for tourists in the summer months - Mam Tor forms part of the Great Ridge, which includes Rushup Edge to the west and Hollins Cross, Back Tor and Lose Hill to the east.

Composed of carboniferous rock around 320 million years of age, the name Mam Tor means ‘Mother Hill’ – so-called because numerous landslips in the past have resulted in a series of smaller ‘hills’ forming beneath the eastern face. These landslips, which are caused by unstable lower layers of shale, also give the hill its alternative name of ‘Shivering Mountain’.

Mam Tor has been a site of human settlement since the late Bronze Age and archaeologists have dated the hill fort on the summit to 1200BC. Today it is a popular destination either to ascend in its own right or as part of a Great Ridge walk. The views from the summit are particularly superb and on a clear day it’s possible to see Manchester and Stockport.

Why don’t you upload your Mam Tor photos to the reader photo gallery? We pick the best ones each month to go in the magazine.

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