A business that's set to boom after lockdown could put Glossopdale and the surrounding countryside on the tourist map.
Peter Creighton, who lives in Hadfield, says people worldwide have fallen in love with the area after seeing images he posted online and can’t wait to visit.
He says that when lockdown is eased or finally lifted it could lead to an increase in income at local shops, restaurants cafés pubs and places offering accommodation, as people go on holiday.
Peter, who served in the RAF where part of his work included photography at different bases, said: “I have launched a business: www.highpeaktrails.com promoting Hadfield and Glossop that will hopefully bring more tourism to our area once we are allowed to travel again. I already have some people from Dorset planning their break here with me and people from around the globe voicing interest, even the Royal Air Force.
“I’m using Instagram as my central promotional point as I already have a dedicated, albeit small 1,140 followers who have supported me for the last few years.
“In particular, I have American and German friends who are desperate to come and explore around Glossop after seeing my running videos and photographs that I take and post daily on Instagram.”
The shots have been taken around Glossop, Hadfield and Tintwistle, where Peter and wife Sam, who live at the Paddock, like to go running.
Peter is using the England Tourist Board’s ‘Escape the Everyday’ campaign to help promote Glossopdale and the open countryside around Hadfield and, in particular, to offer people the opportunity to take online lessons on ‘Photography with Any Camera/ phone’.
He also had a world number one guidebook on Amazon, based on several lectures he has carried out for the Military and Wildlife Trust.
Peter also has an online course that teaches navigation skills with map and compass and will be offering guided walks/ hikes and trail runs for tourists
He said: “I will be fully qualified in mountain first aid and be insured before people start arriving, including weekend breaks utilising local hotels, B and Bs and camp sites.”