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In his book, Alas­tair writes: ‘Often grey and un­der­whelm­ing in ap­pear­ance, the mod­est 557m of Pen­dle Hill’s heigh­est point can some­times sink into ob­scu­rity. How­ever when the morn­ing light shines and the mists clear, Pen­dle shows why it is the jewel of the county’s crown with nat­u­ral won­ders and scenes of a truly spec­tac­u­lar na­ture.

‘The se­duc­tive siren in its mag­i­cal mists and strange cloud cover makes the per­fect back­drop of the area’s fa­mous his­tory en­hanc­ing the weird and won­der­ful tales, myth, legend and folk­lore of the witch coun­try.’

‘Pen­dle - Witch Coun­try’ is a hard­back priced £20 and is avail­able in slected book­shops or via www. alas­tair­leep­ho­tog­ra­ An ex­hi­bi­tion of his pic­tures has been held at Higher­ford Mill. Alas­tair, the son of a fam­ily of bak­ers in Bri­er­field. ‘Of course, the first early mornings I got noth­ing worth us­ing, but the process cer­tainly re­lit the pas­sion.

‘Then, we had one of the most spec­tac­u­lar win­ters I can re­mem­ber and ev­ery day was a win­ter won­der­land. In the end, I had to shut the door and stay in but be­fore that hap­pened I got some great images.’

Previous books have fo­cused mainly on the hill but this new vol­ume takes a more rounded view of Pen­dle and ex­plores it from dif­fer­ent an­gles as well as the sur­round­ing area and some of the peo­ple who live and work there.

‘The as­so­ci­a­tion with Pen­dle really means a lot to me,’ says Alas­tair. ‘I’ve trav­elled the world – places such as Antarctica, Baf­fin Is­land and the jun­gle – but I al­ways love com­ing back here. Travel seems to en­hance my ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the area.’

The Pen­dle Alps for a day as Alas­tair goes snow­board­ing on The Big End

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