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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."


the walker, john merrill

the peak walker

The biggest and most comprehensive short circular walks in the Peak District by it's greatest walker/author.

With more than 9,000 public rights of way in Derbyshire, totalling more than 3,000 miles, there is endless scope to explore the county on foot. Over the years I have now walked them all, many countless times! The Peak District is an extraordinarily rich area of countryside, containing a remarkable diversity of scenery and history. My aim has been to select fifteen walks of between 3 and 6 miles long, which together illustrates the variety of walking to be found in the area. This revised and enlarged edition I have added two new walks, I did recently, to complete my story.

All the walks are new ones, and stem from the requests for more short walks by the many who have walked my earlier short walk guides. Each walk starts from a car park and follows rights of way around a particular scenic area. Some of the paths are little used, but I hope this encourages their use for they do bring you to good vantage points. All the walks include somewhere for refreshments, and in the main there is a local pub; helping to make the two-hour outing a more enjoyable stroll in the countryside. One walk does have four pubs, and it is possible to visit all during opening hours!

I have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible with the walking instructions and maps, but it is useful to carry the appropriate Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Outdoor Explorer map with you, as detailed. I do hope these walks will give you endless pleasure, and that you will follow in my footsteps around, through, and over some of the finest walking terrain in Britain.

Happy walking! John N. Merrill

SHORT CIRCULAR WALKS IN THE PEAK DISTRICT - Vol. One

15 Great walks in the both the White and Dark Peak. 3 to 5 miles long. Updated and enlarged February 2021 and includes two new walks - the Burbage Valley and Stanage Pole -  explaining John's early walks. Enjoy...Happy walking!

More than 100,000 copies sold!

SHORT CIRCULAR WALKS IN THE PEAK DISTRICT Vol. One
£7.95

Short Circular walks in the White Peak District

Short Circular Walks in the Peak District

SHORT CIRCULAR WALKS IN THE PEAK DISTRICT - VOL 2

15 walks - 3 to 5 miles long in both the White and Dark Peak. John's classic book - over 95,000 copies sold!...Happy walking!

Price: £7.95

SHORT CIRCULAR WALKS IN THE PEAK DISTRICT - VOL 2
£7.95

SHORT CIRCULAR WALKS IN THE PEAK DISTRICT - VOL 6

12 circular walks - 4 - 9 miles long throughout the area - all new walks.....enjoy.

Price: £6.95

SHORT CIRCULAR WALKS IN THE PEAK DISTRICT - VOL 6
£6.95

SHORT CIRCULAR WALKS IN THE PEAK DISTRICT - VOL 7

12 walks 5 - 14 miles long throughout the area - all new....enjoy!

Price: £6.95

SHORT CIRCULAR WALKS IN THE PEAK DISTRICT - VOL 7
£6.95

SHORT CIRCULAR WALKS IN THE PEAK DISTRICT - VOL 9

10 stunning walks - some of favourites - 5 to 8 miles long, with maps and history notes.

Price: £7.95

SHORT CIRCULAR WALKS IN THE PEAK DISTRICT - VOL 9
£7.95

40 SHORT CIRCULAR WALKS IN THE PEAK DISTRICT

40 - 3 to 6 mile walks covering the whole of the National Park - White and Dark Peak.

Price: £11.95

40 SHORT CIRCULAR WALKS IN THE PEAK DISTRICT
£11.95

CIRCULAR WALKS AROUND BAKEWELL

10 fascinating walks exploring Bakewell and its area of the White Peak.

Price: £7.50

CIRCULAR WALKS AROUND BAKEWELL
£7.50

CIRCULAR WALKS IN THE DERBYSHIRE DALES

10 - Beautiful walks in the White Peak. Maps and history notes and an inn!

Price: £6.95

CIRCULAR WALKS IN THE DERBYSHIRE DALES
£6.95

CIRCULAR WALKS IN DOVEDALE AND THE MANIFOLD VALLEY

Ten walks - 3 to 7 miles long fully exploring these beautiful dales and valleys of the southern Peak District.

Price: £7.95

CIRCULAR WALKS IN DOVEDALE AND THE MANIFOLD VALLEY
£7.95

WHITE PEAK AIRCRAFT WRECK WALKS

Many walks exploring the sites of WW2 crashed planes in the White Peak and Derbyshire. Full of information, maps and history of accident and plane.

Price: £9.95

WHITE PEAK AIRCRAFT WRECK WALKS
£9.95

WALKING THE MONSAL AND SETT VALLEY TRAILS

10 walks fully exploring these trails.

Price: £7.95

WALKING THE MONSAL AND SETT VALLEY TRAILS
£7.95

SHORT CIRCULAR WALKS AROUND MATLOCK

14 walks - 3 to 7 miles exploring all the area - Heights of Abraham, Cromford, Holloway, Bonsall and Wirksworth.

Price: £8.50

SHORT CIRCULAR WALKS AROUND MATLOCK
£8.50

SHORT CIRCULAR WALKS AROUND ASHOVER

10 walks - 4 to 9 miles exploring all the area - including the Babington family, Mary Queen of Scots and Ashover.

Price: £6.95

SHORT CIRCULAR WALKS AROUND ASHOVER
£6.95

CIRCULAR WALKS IN THE WHITE PEAK

9 walks - 7 to 7 miles ,long and 2 14 mile walks. Beautiful area...among my favourites.

Price: £7.95

CIRCULAR WALKS IN THE WHITE PEAK
£7.95

SHORT CIRCULAR WALKS IN LATHKILL DALE

My favourite dale - 6 circular walks exploring the wonders of this dale and its history.

Price: £4.95

SHORT CIRCULAR WALKS IN LATHKILL DALE
£4.95

THE HAPPY HIKER CHALLENGE WALK - 26 MILES

Circular walk from Over Haddon across the White Peak to Longnor and back - a lovely walk. Badge and certificate for the successful! White Peak Challenge Walk No. 2.

Price: £6.95

THE HAPPY HIKER CHALLENGE WALK - 26 MILES
£6.95

JOHN MERRILL'S WHITE PEAK CHALLENGE WALK - 25 MILES

The classic circular walk from Bakewell around the White Peak but with Gritstone croags as well. Beautiful walk - now walked by more 20,000 and raised more than £190,000 for charity.......happy walking!

Price: £7.95

JOHN MERRILL'S WHITE PEAK CHALLENGE WALK - 25 MILES
£7.95
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