Peak District’s Most Haunted!

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Thursday 30 November 2006

30 November 2006

Peak District’s Most Haunted!

A new guide to the Peak District is haunting visitor centres. But be warned…it is no ordinary guide – The Bloody Peak will introduce you to the Peak District’s darker side in time for a Christmas ghost story or two.

The Bloody Peak is a self-guided tour of the region’s haunted hotels, ghostly visitations, murders most foul, highwaymen – even a witch transporting pedlars to London.

The free 24-page leaflet is the latest in a series of Peak Experience themed trails, which not only inform people about the area’s rich heritage, but encourage them to use local traders along the way.

Bill Bevan, Peak Experience project officer said, “Many visitors are fascinated by ghost stories and haunted houses. The Bloody Peak brings together all the Peak District’s places to visit associated with ghost stories and grisly tales for the in one place for the first time. This is a different way to explore the region and discover something unexpected.”

The leaflet not only has photographs of the locations but mock-up pictures of hauntings, from medieval ladies at Peveril Castle to highwayman Black Harry, who used to terrorise Stoney Middleton, and the mysterious dog-like boggarts of Ipstones.

If that is all too daunting, there is also a directory of places to stay and eat that might make for a more pleasant visit – but watch out: some of the hotels and pubs included are haunted themselves.

So prepare for strange lights, a suspicious chill, eerie voices, or the creak of floorboards when no-one else is around. You have been warned…take a torch, some courage and go!

The leaflet is available from all tourist information and visitor centres in and around the Peak District. A longer version will be available on the Peak Experience website -

Other Peak Experience themed trails so far are: Film & Literature, Time Travellers, Churches and Geology – and more will be coming soon, on Antiques, Wild Peak, Watery Peak, Industrial Pasts and How We Ate the Peak (food, farming and the landscape).

  • Peak Experience, led by the Peak District National Park Authority, is a Peak District Interpretation Partnership project, funded by Derby & Derbyshire Rural Action Zone, the European Union and other local partners.

This is an archived press release

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