Telling tales in the Peak District

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DID the lovers who leapt at Lover’s Leap live to tell the tale? Or ever heard about the widow’s curse which haunts a former lead mine?

These questions and many more are answered in a brand new collection of stories and local legends from the surrounding areas of the Peak District.

Folktales of the Peak District, penned by local author Mark Henderson, contains 62 pieces, including fairytales and local legends, together with a few genuinely historical stories that have caught the popular imagination.

Some of the tales are tragic, some are comic; some are very short, some are longer; many have ghost-story elements, which readily attach themselves to real-life stories.

What they all have in common is that they reflect aspects of Peak District life, character, scenery and history.

All the stories in this 160-page paperback collection are written with recitation in mind, because folktales are for telling aloud.

Notes at the end of the collection explain the sources and significance of each tale.

Sketch maps are included to indicate the locations in which the tales are set, so interested readers can visit the scenes, most of which are illustrated by the author’s photographs.

Many of these locations are easily accessible by road, but some involve significant walks through the countryside that gave birth to the stories.

Folktales of the Peak District will charm its readers and enhance their appreciation of this lovely part of England.

The book is written by Mark Henderson, who has written a wide selection of books, his last one being the historical analysis of one Peak District legend, Murders in the Winnats Pass, which was released in August 2010.

Folk Tales of the Peak District, published by Amberley, is available now, priced £14.99 ISBN: 978-1-4456-0107-6.