In the Lair of the White Worm
This walk came courtesy of the AA 50 Walks in The Peak District book (walk 38) and, as the walk follows “a fascinating limestone trail to visit the film location of Bram Stoker’s last nightmare”, it is perfect for a near Halloween wander.
The Lair of the White Worm is a horror novel by the Irish writer Bram Stoker. It was first published in 1911, the year before Stoker’s death, and is based on the legend of the Lambton Worm. The story is based in the Peak District, in the 19th century, and tells of odd disappearances, legends of a fearsome giant serpent and of the strange and sinister Lady Arabella.
The 1988 British horror film, of the same name, was very loosely based on the novel. The film was written and directed by Ken Russell, and stars Amanda Donohoe, Hugh Grant, Catherine Oxenburg, Peter Capaldi, Sammi Davies, and Stratford Johns. The opening shot of the film features a famous Peak District landmark, Thor’s Cave, which is located in a steep limestone crag in the Manifold Valley of the White Peak. The cave can also be seen in The Verve’s 1993 video for Blue and on the front cover of their first album, A Storm in Heaven.
Distance: around 5 miles (we had a bit of a back track and route division due to some overly ‘friendly’ cows in one of the fields). For the full route map tap or click here.