The High Peak is a wonderfully varied area. Part of it is within the Peak District National Park and contains a number of tourist 'hotspots', such as Castleton, Buxton and the Upper Derwent Valley. This area contains a fair number of curiosities, some well known, others less so. Equally numerous however, are the curiosities not located in the National Park, in that part of the High Peak which is less well known to visitors, but deserves to be better known.
The curiosities of the area reflect its history, its geography and its people. There are few follies or 'eyecatchers' as the area contains no stately homes, but early waymakers, church-related sites, time-honoured customs, industrial revolution remains, a spa town and a few more modern day curiosities make up a fair collection for what is, after all, less than a quarter of the total area of Derbyshire.
The choice of curiosities in this book is inevitably a personal one. There are of course, many others.