This is an archived press release
Thursday 4 December 2014
Two colourful, informative panels have been installed at Peak District viewpoints to help people enjoy the landscape and local history of the national park.
The panels are located close to the village of Elton at Moor Lane and Burycliffe. They have been positioned to make the most of panoramic views and tell the stories hidden in the landscape.
The panel at Moor Lane pinpoints more than 30 popular Peak District spots that can be seen in the distance, including Haddon Hall, Mam Tor and Win Hill, 15 miles away. It also interprets the lumps and bumps on the ground, in the immediate vicinity, which are part of a nationally important site of historic lead mining known as Rainslow Scrins, a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
The second panel has been installed below Elton village, near Burycliffe quarry. This tells of pulping stones from the quarry being shipped to Scandinavia for the paper-making industry; how the spring here used to provide most of Elton's drinking water; and pictures motorcycle trials champion Mick Andrews who lived in the village and practised his early motorcycling skills at Burycliffe quarry.
The panels are the work of Elton Local History Group. Spokesperson for the group, Lynn Burnet, said: "The area we live in has a very rich history which we want to record and share with anyone who's interested. These information boards help local people and visitors to interpret the landscape. We hope they will encourage people to come and spend some time enjoying all that Elton has to offer."
The panels and installation were funded by the Peak District National Park's Sustainable Development Fund. They complement Elton's village guide leaflet and village trail booklet which were previously supported by the Fund.
Stella McGuire, the Peak District National Park Authority's member champion for cultural heritage, said: "The new panels show that Elton village and the surrounding landscape have a fascinating past. They will help people appreciate the special qualities of this area - its local and national heritage - and attract visitors to support the rural economy."
To plan a visit to Elton or to find out more about its history, people can go to www.eltonderbyshire.com.
For more information about grants for community projects visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/living-and-working/your-community/sdf.