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The man who has walked and still is, the Peak District, Britain, Europe and the World.


John Merrill Walk Guides








"Hiking the sacred paths and trails of the world for others to follow".

"For every mile that you walk, you extend your life by 21 mins."


Latest books -


Gritstone Edge walk - end to end

John Merrill day challenge walks

Hertfordshire - Witch & Highwaymen walks

2021 - Latest enlarged and updated book more than 100,000 copies sold!

-Hi, and welcome to my walking world.

Walking is the simplest and best way to explore the earth. Through my walking I create short circular walks of about 5 miles, long circular walks of 15 or more miles, day challenge walks of 25 miles, and marathon walks of more than 1,000 miles!

The guides I produce are all my own work - maps, photos and text - all are walked by me and then designed and printed by me.

My aim is simple, to encourage you to walk and explore this remarkable world we live in.

Walking makes you fit in body and mind and extends your life.

So armed with one of my guides you can discover what is on your doorstep or a longer multi-day walk, which will provide a lifetime of memories.



Enjoy safe walking in 2021.

Britains leading walker and author.

jnm MONT ST MICHEL FLAG

My 135th and 136th pair of boots.

September 2021 -

NEW AND ENLARGED EDITIONS OF

THE DARK PEAK CHALLENGE WALK 

THE WHITE PEAK CHALLENGE WALKS

PEAK DISTRICT END TO END WALKS

 ARE NOW OUT.


John is acknowledged as Britain's most experienced hiker and the world's greatest marathon walker, having so far walked - August 2021 - more than 227,500 miles on walks throughout the world and worn out 149 pairs of boots. He is author of more than walk guides - all devised, created and authored by him.

He is regularly copied but never equalled. Beware of fraudulent sites.

Britain's walking champion.

The man who truly walked The Peak District, Britain, Europe, America and world.

2021 - 52nd. anniversary of John Merrill's classic 40 mile limestone Dale walk in the Peak District -

THE LIMEY WAY.

Here for the first time are of all my walk guides that I have written. Walking is my way of life and hope my guides bring you to places, exploring Mother Earth, while getting some healthy exercise.


In November 2019 John was surprised to be presented with the Buckeye Trail plaque - 1,310 miles around the state of Ohio, becoming the first person to backpack the route. Photo opposite.


The guides are set out in specific geographical areas with a separate section on Pilgrims Ways guidebooks. All books, badges and certificates are usually sent out within 24 hours. We print to order.

Thanks for visiting!!

Latest Day Challenge Walks -

The Portland Bill Challenge Walk - 24 miles - "follow in my early footsteps."

THE MATTERHORN CHALLENGE WALK - 26 MILES

Melton Mowbray to Grantham via Skillington and the memorial window to Rev Charles Hudson, one of the party to first climb the Matterhorn, but fell to his death on the descent.

The Sandstone Rocks Challenge Walk- 23 miles

The "Southern Peak District".

Three Day walks to Cambridgeshire Cathedrals - Ely, Peterborough, & King's College Chapel, Cambridge.

THE ESSEX WITCH'A DAY CHALLENGE WALK

 - 25 miles from Braintree.

COVER - ESSEX COAST copy

To celebrate his 40th anniversary​ of the first walk around the coast of Britain - 7,000 - becomin​g the first person to so, in 2019 he walked the 320 mile Essex coastline.


Many of you have read my book - "Turn Right at land's End". I am humbled when people write in to say they have read it. One has read it 5 times, but I recently learnt of another who for the last 38 years has read it annually - so far 40 times - quite amazing!


Photo opposite my first long bike ride - 350 miles - from Paris to Mont St. Michel and onto St. Malo.

John's latest adventure in September 2019 - Cycling from London to Paris and back along the River Seine - 540 miles in 10 days. This was his second long bike ride!

LATEST BADGES -

For my ministry and Pilgrim Walk guides see my other websites - www.thejohnmerrillministry.co.uk

Essex witches challenge walk badge.

Best walks in peak district

Best walks in peak district

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