The Creative Peak

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The Literary Way

Ellastone to Hayfield

“Twenty-one circular walks combine to form a fascinating long-distance route exploring the writers and landscape of the Peak District”

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The Literary Way is an exploration of the places in the Peak District that touched novelists and poets in many different ways. It stretches from the village of Ellastone on the Staffordshire border to the High Peak village of Hayfield.

The Literary Way combines literary masterpieces, inspirational people and wonderful scenery. We will follow rivers, stop at country houses, and stride up on to the open moors. Some of the places we will visit are well-known, while others are not so easy to come across. There is abundance of old, quaint villages along our route, where we will stop and enjoy the ambiance that stimulated creative thoughts. The journey does not rush, but has a level of strolling and drifting through the countryside with frequent stops to admire the scenery and to take in the literary presence. Most of the route is within the confines of the Peak District National Park and has some of the finest scenery in the British Isles.

We will introduce authors and poets who have been influenced in some way by the local area. Some of them lived in the region, while others visited. Some chose to set their books or poems in a specific location whilst others used fictional names for places. It is a long and winding route of about 140 miles, and there are certainly much quicker routes between Ellastone and Hayfield but that would miss the point of savouring the atmosphere and deliberately dawdling to enjoy the countryside and perhaps even reading a snippet from the local works.

Books direct from The Creative Peak are ordered and delivered through Amazon Marketplace. The Literary Way is available in UK Paperback format (£14.99) - from Amazon Marketplace. It is available in Kindle Format (c $2.99 / £2.11 ) (free app from Amazon for smart phones, tablets, computers to read Kindle books). Click on country link to view book. (UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, India)

Find these authors

Samuel Johnson, George Eliot, Alexandre Dumas, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Bronte, Lord Byron, Daniel Defoe, Sir Walter Scott, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, D H Lawrence, Agatha Christie, George Bernard Shaw, E M Forster, Ben Jonson, Robert Louis Stephenson, William Wordsworth, Alison Uttley and many more

The book includes

Twenty-one chapters, each with its own walk, map and instructions

Over one hundred and thirty original black and white photographs taken by the author.

information about the authors, putting them into the context of the Peak District with short quotes from their work.

A complete bibliography of all the books that are referenced.

To Whet Your Appetite!

Why not find out the answers to the following ten questions?

1. In 1815 who was given £3000 (equivalent today - £165,00) for a poem he was yet to write?

2. Who wrote one of the most famous novels in the English language using the pseudonym, Currer Bell?

3. What was the name of the million seller book in Edwardian times?

4. Which well known author wrote a novel based on an English church that had never been translated into English?

5. Where was 'the placed called home' for the most popular fiction writer with troops in the First World War?

6. Who discovered a family living in a cave?

7. Which philosopher flew kites?

8. Who used a formation of rocks as the basis for a children's story in Victorian times?

9. What was Castleton called in the novel about cavaliers, written by an author who lived at Chapel-en-le Frith?

10. How was the film actress Mary Pickford connected with the Peak District?