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The Literary Way

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Ellastone to Hayfield

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


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.

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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

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The Creative Peak also publishes a range of fiction and Food for Countryside Moods, a seasonal recipe book