Year of 2017

Forest path in Padley Gorge, Derbyshire, England

If you wanted to convince someone that fairies, nymphs, and other mythic charmers were real, a trip to Padley Gorge in Derbyshire may help sell the story. Even the park rangers of the Peak District, where the gorge lies, admit that it’s easy to understand why locals of centuries past assumed the place was a haven for sprites.

Padley Gorge is a deep but narrow valley in the Peak District, Derbyshire between the village of Grindleford and the A6187 road. The gorge is wooded with a stream, the Burbage Brook, at the bottom. This stream used to form the boundary between Derbyshire and Yorkshire but the boundary now follows the Hathersage Road.