James Grant is a landscape photographer with a passion for hills and mountains, and he’s travelled all over Britain in search of the wildest and most dramatic landscapes our islands have to offer. Based in Matlock, Derbyshire, James has a strong connection with his locals Peak District hills; but that hasn’t stopped him exploring further afield.
ViewRanger caught up with James to discover his three favourite British walking routes, which you can download for free below.
James says: "Being based in the Peak District, it would be rude not to include a walk from there. My two favourite hills of the whole area are Chrome and Parkhouse Hill. These two reef knolls are the most distinctive peaks in the National Park and Parkhouse comes about as close to a ridge walk as you're going to get in the area. You can tick off both hills, visit a small limestone pavement and World War bunker in under 5 miles, but you'll feel like you have done much more! Dramatic views are ensured all around and see if you're brave enough to walk 'The Dragon's Back' on Chrome Hill!"
Route 2 – Sgurr Na Stri, Isle of Skye
James says: "Sgurr Na Stri is a hill, not even a mountain, on the Isle of Skye. At 494m, it's not even as high as Mam Tor in the Peak District but the two hills couldn't be further apart. Most would recognise Sgurr Na Stri as the hill with the scar when viewed across Loch Scavaig from Elgol that takes such prominence in so many photos, but the walk to the top is so much more rewarding. This hill is quiet, it's an outlier to the Cuillins and the size and trek would put most off. However, walk to the top and you're offered one of the best views in Britain, looking deep into the heart of the world-famous Cuillin mountains. If you fancy it, wild camp up here for a completely different experience."
Route 3 – Stac Pollaidh, north-west Highlands
James says: "I first visited Stac Polliadh (aka Stac Polly) in Assynt for the first time in 2016 and was so taken by it that I went up three times within one week to try and capture all the different moods. Most walkers would be able to get to the summit in less than an hour, where they'll be treated to fine views over Assynt and Inverpolly. The summit itself is exposed and requires a head for heights, but even reaching the bealach will reward you."
James Grant has a wonderful collection of photographs and prints from some of the UK's most specatular landscapes – including all three of these routes – available to buy on his website www.jamesgphotography.co.uk