A ‘HORRIBLE Histories’ type children’s book telling the story of Ingleborough through the stone features and objects that fill the area of the Yorkshire Three Peaks is being planned - and people with Dales know-how are being asked to help out.

The Clapham based charity, the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) says the book will be aimed at eight to 11 year olds, and will hopefully show the interaction between the landscape and the people who have lived there.

Debbie Boswell, YDMT’s interpretation officer, said: “Ingleborough’s fantastic geology is the foundation of thousands of years of human settlement, and the interaction between people and place is particularly rich in this area.

“This means that there’s a wealth of interesting stone features, places and objects to discover which, piece by piece, build up a picture of the local geography, history, people and architecture. It will be a local version of ‘Horrible Histories.”

The book will be part of Stories in Stone, a programme of community and heritage projects developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, led by the trust and mainly funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The charity is asking people to suggest stone features - such as ‘Samson’s Toe, near Stainforth - that have some historical, cultural or natural significance, that could be used.

It could be a connection with a historical event, or person, a link with a local legend, or folklore - or a particular site that shows how the landscape was formed.

Suggested features could also include date stones on buildings or on structures, clapper bridges, or even unusual boulders.

However, curiosities on private land cannot be put forward - each feature needs to be publicly accessible so people can take a look for themselves.

Once published, the book will include a number of circular trails that will take in several of the features along the way.

The charity says the book will allow families to explore the Ingleborough area, and find and tick off the places and objects described in it - adding to their enjoyment and also their knowledge of the area.

Debbie added that they expected to be inundated with lots of good suggestions for inclusion in the book, but welcomed all.

“We’d love to hear from anyone with a suggestion for the book, especially children and young people,” she said.

“We expect there’ll be a long list of suggestions so the problem will be deciding on which should go in the book.

“The area includes a lot of well-known features that could be included but we’d also like the book to have a few surprises by including some that aren’t as well known.

The common thread in all the stories needs to be the basic ingredient of rock or stone.”

The Stories in Stone programme aims to help people from all backgrounds and of all ages to learn about, enjoy and help manage the stunning limestone landscape around Ingleborough, both above and below ground.

The programme is delivering a huge number of projects including restoring field barns and wildlife habitats, involving people in archaeological digs, digitising archives, providing a range of training opportunities, offering new learning opportunities for school children, improving physical and intellectual access, and delivering events and activities.

Anyone with a suggestion for something to be included in the book should contact Debbie Boswell before April 30 by phone on 015242 51002 or email debbie.boswell@ydmt.org. There’s no limit on the number of suggestions that can be made, and contributors of suggestions that are included in the book will have the option of being credited with it.