A peek behind the history of the Peak

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Heralding springtime and trips to our favourite parts of the Peak District are four new mini-guides produced by Stella Porter of Ashbourne Editions.

Publishing books and guides now for 20 years, she is nearing the completion of a new series of guides covering the main towns and villages of the Peak District.

Published in colour, they guide you around the area to be covered, highlighting what there is to see and do, and giving some historical background information.

With plenty of photographs they create a great souvenir and reminder of your visit, too.

Three of the four books cover Eyam, Dovedale and Tideswell.

These complement a unique and growing collection of guides which now also include Bakewell; Castleton, Edale and Hathersage; Buxton; Hartington & Longnor plus the Churnet Valley.

Also included in her new books is one on Well Dressing.

It gives information on the history of Well Dressing, how the wells are created and dressed; and where and when they are held.

There is a good cross section of examples to show the different ways of preparing the boards with their decorative scenes made up of flower petals and other materials.

Stella believes that this is the first time that a series of individual guides to the main towns and villages of the Peak District has been produced in this way.

As you wander around one of the most visited areas in the country, look out for the new series to ensure that you do not miss anything of interest on the way.