This is an archived press release
Friday 20 June 2014
Visitors to the Peak District National Park's trails are in for an unusual treat this summer with a traditional sword dance team poised to perform at several sites.
The Grenoside Sword Dancers, from South Yorkshire, are planning to entertain passing walkers and cyclists on the Monsal, High Peak and Tissington Trails with their unique, sword dance routine.
Performances are free for people to watch. They can be seen at:
* Millers Dale Station, near Tideswell, at 1.30pm on Sunday 22 June
* Parsley Hay cycle hire centre, near Hartington, at 3pm, on Saturday 28 June
The origins of the Grenoside Sword Dance are obscure but believed to be at least 400 years old. The dancers and their dance are reputed to be 'historical, rough and elemental' in nature.
The visit is one of a series of outdoor performances funded by the Peak District National Park Authority's Sustainable Development Fund project which enabled the group to organise a traditional Traipse in the national park.