This area is known as Lover’s Leap. Read out loud to your group and tell them how this spot got its name.
Lover’s Leap is said to named after an accident that happened here nearly 300 years ago during the Napoleonic Wars. A young woman heard that her boyfriend had been killed. She was so upset that she climbed to the top of Lover’s Leap and threw herself off. Luckily, she survived the fall.
What do you think saved her? Ask your group.
a) Her billowing skirt got caught in the branches
b) Her long hair got caught on a rock
c) She landed at the bottom on her feet
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The answer is A! Her long skirt caught in the branches of a tree and she was able to scramble to safety. Th story goes that when she got home she was given the news that her boyfriend was actually alive and just returned home to England.
There are hundreds of Lover’s Leaps around the world, included several more in Derbyshire. It’s a usually a name given to dangerous rocky outcrops a range of hills or on the side of a valley.