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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."


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AN AMAZING DAY

Posted on December 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (78)
Higger Tor - Burbage valley - a great overhanging rock climb!My first rock climb on Burbage North.
Millsones on Burbage South rocks.
Burbage Valley.
Burbage Valley.
AN AMAZING DAY.

In April I gave a lecture on my walking life in the Central Library in Sheffield. One of the audience came up afterwards and asked if I would give his club a talk. I agreed and later received an email with dates. I held off for it was not economical to travel from London for just one talk. For the next three months I kept putting him off! Then out of the blue I got a talk request from the Winster Historical Society for the sameday! I quickly arranged both and looked forward to late November 2014 to do the two talks.

I left at 6am and drove to Sheffield, via Chesterfield and Dronfield; a trip down memory lane seeing where my father had his factories and as I drove through Sheffield I went up a road where my Uncle used to live. The morning talk went well with a full house. Afterwards at 1pm I was at Fox House and left the car to do a six mile walk in the Burbage Valley. This was where I first walked aged 13 and where I first rock climbed aged 16! A real trip down memory lane. The weather was fine and I was in T shirt and shorts.

By late afternoon I was in rowsley for dinner before going to Winster. I arrived at the Burton Institute early and found the door open, so unloaded my gear ready for the talk. Another full house and a wine reception afterwards. I left at 10am and was back home in London by just after midnight, having driven 336 miles overall.
The whole day was magical and I couldn't have planned a better day; it will remain as one of my most enjoyable days, full of synchronicity and lovely people.
THANK YOU ALL