Heart Wood is a great one to get the children to look for.
It can be seen between Junction 37 and 38 of the M6 on the east side.
The legend of the heart shaped wood has many associated stories. There are lots of tales about its origins: some say
it was planted as a memorial to a young soldier killed in the first world war, others say it was the farmer’s way of expressing his love for his wife, my brother has another theory! Our favourite one is this:
Apparently there were two farming families in the valley who had an ancient feud. One family had a daughter and the other a son who, of course, fell in love. When the respective families found out about the love affair there was a huge scene and the pair were told they would never be allowed to marry.
So the fated lovers met secretly one last time. They climbed the fell where the wood is (though there wasn't a wood then) and he killed her and then killed himself.
Both families were so distraught at the tragedy they had caused that they planted the heart shaped wood at the place where the pair had committed suicide.
By the time you finish telling this story you will be at Junction 40..