To mark the iconic beginning of Star Trek, one of the most popular sci-fi programmes on TV, Premier Inn has released a collection of incredible images that appear to show how the usually serene Peak District could actually be mistaken for one of the many alien planets from the cult TV and film series.
It was 50 years ago (8 September 1966) that Captain James T Kirk and his crew on the Starship Enterprise made their debut on US network NBC. So, whether you’re looking for something to do to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary or you’re just keen to boldly go somewhere near to Manchester that could resemble another planet, these spots in the beautiful Peak District National Park must be seen to be believed.
A portal to another dimension?
In fact, this eerie structure is the overflow for the Ladybower Reservoir, found in the Upper Derwent Valley. The reservoir was formed between 1935 and 1943 by ‘drowning’ the village of Derwent. Spookily, in 1995 – due to an exceptionally low water table – the submerged village was exposed, revealing the old foundations of buildings including the school, post office and church.
An alien lair?
Deep beneath the surface of Castleton, you’ll find a series of spooky caves. Descend down into the hidden world and you’ll reach Treak Cliff Cavern where you’ll see stalactites stained red and orange from iron that date back over 111,000 years. Treak Cliff Cavern is also one of only 2 sites where the beautiful Blue John stone is still excavated, so be sure to buy a memento.
The edge of the universe?
Dubbed the Peak District’s ‘most fascinating hill’, Mam Tor in Hope Valley is steeped in history that dates back to the Bronze Age. At sunset, the summit provides incredible panoramic views over the Peak District that almost make you feel like you’re on looking out into the galaxy.
A wild and deserted extra-terrestrial landscape?
The striking scenery at Stanage Edge has a somewhat eerie feel, with abandoned millstones from the 19th and 20th century strewn across the moorland and low-lying mist hugging the hills. The area is a mecca for rock climbers and ramblers due to its abundance of gritstone cliffs and vast moorland to explore.
A step out of this world?
Rumoured to have been inhabited in the Bronze Age and then later used for religious ceremonies by the Romans, this creepy scene is actually Poole’s Cavern in Buxton, a series of caves that date back over 2 million years. Take a journey into the depths and you’ll be walking in the footsteps of Mary, Queen of Scots, who was said to be one of the cave’s earliest visitors.
Is that an alien?
Alas, this is actually a caver casting a haunting silhouette in a stream passage in Peak Cavern. Featuring the largest natural cave entrance in the British Isles, you’ll be treated to a wealth of unusual rock formations and with the ominous sound of dripping water throughout the caves. Even weirder, ‘flatulent-sounding noises’ emit from the cave when floodwater is draining away!
A hostile planet?
The dramatic rock formation of Curbar Edge is actually a rather nice spot – on a clear day you can see all the way to Chatsworth House and its sprawling grounds. Walkers seeking out stunning vistas love it.