CROMPTON Moor is the setting for a new family fantasy adventure novel scheduled for publication in 2019.
‘The Crooked Gate’ will be the realisation of a story originally conceived by author Alan Johnson two decades earlier walking through Dunwood Park.
But it was only after undergoing a quadruple heart bypass operation two years ago did the father of three consider the countryside gem as backdrop for a book.
“Crompton Moor was a complete new discovery for me,” Alan, 61, told the Correspondent.
“But one of the things I was told after heart surgery was I needed to exercise and that walking was good for me.
“My niece, Rachel (a teacher at Newhey Primary School) took me to Crompton Moor.
“I had never been before but I fell in love with the place. Eventually, I used to go up there on my own,” added Alan, from Milnrow.
“I then realised this was going to be the location for my story.
“It came out of ones I used to tell my son Ben when he was a young boy.
“We used to go to the top of Dunwood Park and I would make up stories that I would tell him at bedtime.
“Ben was three or four at the time. Now he’s 23 but visiting Crompton Moor brought it all to life.”
Alan and his dog Willow are regular visitors to the Moor, spending time with volunteers who look after its upkeep.
“I know the place inside out,” he said.
“It’s magical and I will donate any proceeds from the book to the Friends of Crompton Moor who do such a fantastic job.
“I had hoped the book would be out this year. But due to ill health it’s more likely to be next Spring.
“However, I have written about three quarters of it.
“There will be illustrations in the book and I am just waiting for those to be finished off.
“I’ve kept some of the names of places on the Moor because they are suited to the story and the family who move from the city to live in the countryside village called Crompton.
“People who know Crompton Moor will certainly recognise places in the book.”