Paths and Pubs in the Peak District
20 Circular Walks
Not another book of "pub walks", surely? Well, yes but ...
There are guides to pub walks all over Britain, and the Peak District features in many, but none of the books currently available supplies exactly what I and a group of friends really want, namely a circular route of about 16 kilometres over varied country, preferably with a hill or two, and with the opportunity for a pub lunch at the mid-point.
Paths and Pubs in the Peak District contains detailed descriptions of twenty circular walks, mainly on waymarked paths, each with a sketch map showing the route, although it is recommended that the OS Leisure Map be taken along as an indispensable companion. The introduction to each walk gives an indication of the terrain, a description of the lunch-time pub and brief notes on special features of the countryside, reflecting years of personal exploration and background reading. Knowing something of the sad fate of two Catholic priests in the sixteenth century, or the railway that was planned as a canal, for example, adds to the enjoyment of a day out or gives a better appreciation of the unique landscapes of the Peak District.
The walks all lie in the southern half of the Peak District and the starting point is usually within an hour or so of Nottingham by car. Some may be reached by train or bus. All the walks have been tested by volunteers and my warmest thanks go to Mike, Rod, George and Ruth among others.
Walking in the Peak District has given me good physical exercise and great spiritual satisfaction over the years. This book is offered to readers in the hope that it will encourage new walkers to visit unexplored areas with more confidence and yet give the more experienced a fresh look at familiar ground with a new combination of known footpaths.
Produced by photocopying, Paths and Pubs in the Peak District consists of 77 pages of text, 22 maps and 9 photographs bound in a handy A5 book, (210x150 mm). It is available at the bargain price of £5.50 (UK Pounds) each including postage here.
The book is no longer in print.
April 23, 2000
June 12, 2004