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The man who has walked and still is walking, the Peak District

Britain, Europe and the World; he has no equal.

John Merrill 

 Walk Guides

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

"The miracle of life is not to fly in the air, or walk-on the water, but to walk on the earth"- Chinese saying.

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

photo - John Merrill on the summit of Stake Pass, on the Cumbria Way - May 2022.

The man who walked the Peak District

The man who walked the Peak District

This is the remarkable story of how John Merrill has so far walked more than 120,000 miles in the Peak District and Derbyshire. He has walked every path many times, explored every facet of the area - the limestone dales, gritstone edges and moorland and the rivers. As he walked he learnt the history of the landscape, the villages, churches, industry, halls, castles, customs, prehistoric remains and folklore. He discovered where planes had crashed on the moors and followed in the footsteps of the early rock climbers. He has left no stone unturned. The result of these walks, wearing out a hundred pairs of boots - he has written and published more than 200 books on the area and created a whole string of walks - more than 600. Some short and some long. His achievement is unprecedented and this is his story of how it began and developed. You will be humbled and want to put on your walking boots and explore the places he loves and knows intimately.

Happy walking!

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Provisional price - £12.95. Due out Autumn 2022.

Perfect bound. 176 pages, 30 maps and sketches.

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Saxon Shore Way

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM Comments comments (143)
28/3/2014 - Currently walking the Saxon Shore Way - 160 miles from Gravesend around the Kent Coast. First walked it on my walk around the coast of Britain. It is good to see the places again and how little has changed. Saw avocets, shelduck, curlew and oystercatchers today. Now reached Herne Bay - the true start of the coast from London and the Thames. Now pressing on to Sandwich, Dover and Hastings. Lovely weather -T shirt and shorts!!! Happy walking! John.

December walks

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 12:56 PM Comments comments (236)
Another great walk from Dartford along the Thames to Greenwich - 24 miles. Made it as the sun set. Greenwich was busy with fairy lights and the indoor market was full of circular balls of lights - looked great.

7/12/2013 - Caught the bus to Buntingford and did a 22 mile walk to Mill End, Anstey, Buckland, Cotterill, Throcking and back to Buntingford...beautiful weather, sun shining, and reached Buntingford as the light faded...another great day in Hertfordshire - saw no other walkers!!!

Darent ValleyPath

Posted on December 1, 2013 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (300)
Last weekend - Saturday November 24th 2013 - did this beautiful walk in Kent, from Sevenoaks to Dartford - 18 miles. Somehow I had missed this London area walk! The sun shone as I walked near and beside the River Darent. En route passing several attrative scenic villages including Shoreham. The path also crosses the North Downs Way/Pilgrims Way and passes the gatehouse of Lullington Castle. I reached Dartford station as night fell.

On the following Saturday - November 3oth - I was back in Dartford to continue on and walked 24 miles to Greenwich. The Darent Valley Path, continues to the Thames, but it is one way and you have to retrace your steps. So I cut across to the River Cray path and followed this to the River Darent and now on the other bank, walked to the flood barrier and Thames - there is no access across the barrier. I turn left along the Thames Path to Erith and onto the Thames Barrier, Woolwich, O2 Dome and reached Greenwich as darkness fell, with Chistmas lights blazing. I had seen a wealth of birds, including shelduck, heron, stork and many waders. A great day out in London's countryside...........Happyy Walking, John.

September walk activities

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 5:03 AM Comments comments (232)
30/31st. August  2013 - back in the Peak District! Just walked the 30 mile Cal-Der-Went Walk from Horbury Bridge, Wakefield to Ladybower Reservoir. A lovely walk in fine weather and no walkers! I first walked it in 1980 leading a party of eight. This is for a new book of the walk originally created by Geoffrey Carr in 1978. The book will be out in mid October 2013!

September 2013 - Busy walking the Grand Union Canal from Brentford/River Thames to Birmingham - 140 miles. Now reached Braunston - 90 miles - where the Oxford Canal branches off to Oxford and the Thames. Two more days will see in Birmingham at Gas Street Basin; a guide is to follow!!!!

Started a weekly Qigong class in Waltham Abbey Community Centre, Saxon Way, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1QD. 7pm-8pm. Why not join me and learn this simple but very beneficial health exercise?

Happy walking!


Posted on April 15, 2013 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (150)
Did a lovely walk on Saturday - 13th. April 2013 - walking the whole length of the River Wey Navigation from Shepperton to Godmalding - 23 1/2 miles. All for a new challenge and canal walk book. Fine and sunny at first then rain and rather wet at the end....such is the joy of walking! A unique navigation full of unusual features.
Happy walking,