New book explores little-known Peak District river

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Wednesday 25 September 2013

Press Release issued on behalf of the Bradford River Action Group (BRAG).

A River in Time: the Story of a Peak District River - a new book being launched on September 27 - celebrates in words and images the beautiful River Bradford, a limestone river linking the communities of Middleton, Youlgrave and Alport in the Derbyshire Dales.

A River in Time is Derbyshire author and photographer Christine Gregory's second book, following the success of Brown Hares in the Derbyshire Dales, first published in 2010. Even more ambitious in its scope and depth of research, A River in Time takes the reader from the early formation of the Peak District's landscape 360 million years ago to our present-day worries about climate change and its impact on rivers like the Bradford.

Though only four miles long, the Bradford, with its beautiful banks, dale sides and surrounding farmland and woods, is highly treasured by local people and visitors. After the river dried up completely in the drought of 2011 – followed by floods in 2012 – local residents formed the Bradford River Action Group (BRAG).

A River in Time, supported by the Peak District National Park's Sustainable Development Fund, is BRAG's timely and revealing contribution to the debate about what is happening in the natural world.
Christine Gregory lived for twenty years in a former lead miner's cottage overlooking Bradford Dale. "I know this place intimately," she says. "It is a place of contrasts, deep shadows, dazzling light and many surprises."

Christine takes the reader back in time, explaining how monastic grange farms, enclosures and lead mining shaped the landscape. She also leads the reader along the river, her atmospheric photographs capturing its changing reflections; the remains of long-gone industry; its wildlife and extraordinary biodiversity.

'It gives us the next best thing to walking along its banks and hearing it run' says Lord Chris Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency, in his foreword to the book. He adds: "A River in Time tells us why the River Bradford is so vital to us all. But in doing so, it tells us wider truths, too, about the huge importance of the whole of our natural world."

Isabella Stone, chair of Friends of the Peak District, says, "A River in Time opens our eyes to the complexity and richness of this one small place … When we read its fascinating history and look at Christine's beautiful photographs, we go not just on a walk beside a pretty river, but on a journey; a journey through time, a journey through landscape, and a journey into the depths of the environment and wildlife."

A River in Time is designed, printed and published by Grafika Ltd ( and costs £15.99. Profits from the sale of the book will go into a fund for river or water-related conservation works in the locality.

For more information about the Bradford River Action Group and the River Bradford go to

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