Stunning pictures show life from above in towns across the Dales

These incredible aerial photographs show everyday life pictured from high in the skies above Matlock, Cromford and Bakewell – in a hot air balloon.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 2:44 pm
An aerial shot of Cromford

The images were captured by members of Nottingham & Derby Hot Air Balloon Club – who say they are delighted that the general ban on private aviation was relaxed on April 12 and they have now restarted flying again.

Superb weather in the last two weeks has allowed them to do no less than six flights. Members currently have to still follow the "rule of six" and masks are worn throughout the flights.

The club has been a regular sight around Notts & Derbys since 1978. It is believed to be unique as the only balloon club in the country with membership open to the general public.

Highfields School playing fields from above.

It is run by an elected committee as a not-for-profit sports club.

They do not sell commercial rides but members take turns being on the ground crew in order to earn flights in the basket.

The club also trains its own pilots. Members range in age from 16 to 81. Most of the flying is done locally from nine different launch sites chosen depending on wind speed and direction.

They sometimes launch from Bakewell Showground. The club has flown its balloons at festivals in France, USA and India and in 2017 helped set a world record in France for the most balloons launched in under an hour.

One of the two club balloons flying high over Bakewell.

If anyone is interested in getting involved in the balloon club they can phone 0115-8541028 for further information or can visit the club’s Facebook page at

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For more pictures from the balloon club pick up a copy of next week’s edition.