The Peak District is well loved for its picturesque scenery and great walks. But did you know that it was the UK’s first national park? Or that this landlocked area is said to be the home of not one but two mythical mermaids? In Bradwell’s Book of the Peak District you will soon discover that there is much more than meets the eye in the Peak District. You can also learn about some of the area’s fascinating customs and test your skill at speaking some of the local words and phrases. Whether you’re new to the Peak District or just ready to explore it in a little more detail, Bradwell’s Book of the Peak District should prove to be a handy guide.
Discover how the Peak District became the first of Britain’s national parks, why an entire village was once moved, and more.
Explore the words and phrases which you can hear in and around the Peak District and the clues they reveal about its rich past.
The Peak District boasts quite a collection of otherworldly visitors, from the strange figures seen at Calke Abbey to the peculiar powers of the screaming skull of Tunstead Farm. Read on for some creepy tales from the Peaks!
Wit and Humour
From entertaining one-liners to rib-tickling tales, enjoy some humour based in and around the Peak District!
We have much to thank the Peak District for. Not only for being an incredible place to visit and stay, but also for its contribution to everyday life, from the first collapsible umbrella to a well-known way to clean greasy hands!
Myths and Legends
Believe it or not, but the landlocked Peak District is said to be home to not one but two mermaids! Watch out also for the mysterious and powerful Stones of Mouselow and the area’s connection with Robin Hood and Little John.
From a tragic duel to the terrible treatment of two young lovers, brace yourself for real-life stories of murder in the Peak District.
We all know that the peaks are a popular destination for outdoor activities like walking and climbing, but what about the area’s fascinating tradition of Shrovetide football? Read on to find out more.
The Peak District is known for its famous pudding. Just don’t call it a tart! In this section, you can learn how to make that pudding and other traditional dishes.
Find out about the enduring Peak District custom of well dressing and why it is that traditions featuring flowers, both paper and real, have such a significance in the area.
Locals from in and around the Peak District have made their mark on science, culture, literature and TV. From a fashion icon to James Bond, get to know the locals who have done their home towns and villages proud!
It takes a lifetime to truly get to know the Peak District. No wonder, when it covers such a vast and varied area, reaching across no fewer than five counties. Divided between the Dark Peak in the north and the White Peak in the south, this is a place of contrasts. Not only is it a home to many people, and an area with thriving farms and businesses, but it is also the site of one of the best-loved national parks in the world. The Peak District is full of picturesque views in rural areas such as Kinder Scout, Dovedale and around Mam Tor, but it also has its cosy, quintessentially English ‘villagey’ feel in places such as Buxton, Matlock and Longnor. While it is the home of the Bakewell Pudding, it also contains 2,900 listed buildings.
The name is deceptive. There are no real peaks in the Peak District. But there is pretty much everything else. From open moorland to rivers to woodlands as beautiful as they are ancient and grasslands of international importance, you could take a walk every day in the Peak District and discover something new each time you go. It is an ancient place and packed full of clues to its past. This is the place where an entire village was moved on the whim of an aristocrat and where you can still catch a glimpse in dryer weather of villages that were submerged long ago to make way for reservoirs. This is a place of traditions, from the well dressing that continues to this day to the custom of sharing a special message through flowers. In Dovedale, you will also find clues to the fascinating custom of pushing coins into the bark of a tree. If you happen to notice twisted or flattened coins sticking out of a tree bark, it’s not fairies but an ancient local custom.
The Peak District is also a place where ancient tales of a screaming skull and a set of weird, inscribed stones with magical powers still cause shivers down the spine. It is the location of the famous plague village, the home of a brave group of people who sacrificed themselves to prevent the spread of the deadly infection. It is also where the Lady of the Lamp grew up and where Robin Hood’s right-hand man is said to be buried.
While it is visited by more than ten million people every year, the Peak District turns out to have been a big draw for many centuries. This has been proven by various archaeological finds and features which make up a huge part of the landscape’s character, from barrows at Margery Hill to henges like the Nine Ladies Stone Circle at Stanton Moor. Escaping to the Peak District for some relaxation is not a new thing. Tourists were heading to the area as far back as the 1600s! This attraction is also part of the challenge for the Peak District – how to continue to welcome tourists while protecting the beautiful landscape and cultural heritage such as drystone walls and listed buildings from the damage caused by cars and footfall.
Let’s hope that the popularity of the Peak District helps to preserve rather than endanger its many beautiful features. Because this is a fascinating and special part of the world – a place that brings us closer to our past while providing solace and comfort from the demands of modern life. Its accessibility is part of its magic, but also part of the risk to its survival. While its landscape and features are diverse, the pleasure it brings many people is consistent. Let’s hope it stays that way for good. Of course, this little book can only provide a brief insight into some of this area’s most fascinating aspects. But hopefully it offers a taste of what there is to discover in the Peak District.
Released: May 2018
Size: 160 x 160mm
Author: Camilla Zajac