As part of one of my research projects, I came across Supernatural Peak District. A rather weighty book (192 pages), it's absolutely packed with information. I've read several books on the same topic now, and yet this one still managed to teach me something I didn't know. It did repeat some legends I'd heard before, but with a great deal more information and with lots of first hand witness accounts. It was enough to make me want to hide under the duvet come lights out time!
Joking apart, though, this is an incredibly well-researched book which is very easy to read and digest and has some beautiful accompanying photographs. It's a very informative book for anyone researching local history, or just those interested in the supernatural. Be warned though, it'll probably put you off camping in the Peak District!
In this lively guide to the otherwordly, David Clarke takes the reader through the history and geography of the unexplained in the Peak District, the breathtakingly beautiful national park in central England. Much of the focus centers on the areas around the Longdendale Valley, Bleaklow Hill, and Kinder Scout, but much weirdness farther south around Ashbourne and Leek is also covered. From ghostly miners to mysterious earthlights, from phantom planes to the demonic great slug/whale thing seen crossing a lonely road at night (something right out of HP Lovecraft!), and from sinister mists to ancient cursed stones, this book has it all. I found it impossible to put down, what with the immediacy of the eyewitness accounts and Dr. Clarke's brisk writing style. He knows his material and he knows the area, and his scholarship is faultless. If the truly bizarre interests you, this book will give you one the best introductions to all that is mysterious in a land already well known for high strangeness.