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Publisher: Bradwell Books
Released: July 2016
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: Neil Coates
Written by Neil Coates, Bradwell’s Longer Walks in the Peak District features 20 circular walks from 6-12 miles that have been carefully chosen to deliver an enjoyable day or half day in the region.
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, Coates then provides a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along.
Including Ordnance Survey mapping and superbly priced at just £7.99, Bradwell’s Longer Walks in the Peak District is the perfect accompaniment for a stroll in the region.
Walk 01. Eyam and Stoney Middleton - 6¾ miles / 10.9km
Walk 02. Alstonefield and Wolfscote Dale - 6½ miles / 10.5km
Walk 03. Alport Castles and Derwent Valley - 9 miles / 14.5km
Walk 04. Birchover’s Stones - 7 miles / 11.3km
Walk 05. Lantern Pike and Coombes Rocks - 8 miles / 12.9km
Walk 06. Wetton and The Limestone Gorges - 7½ miles / 12km
Walk 07. Edges and Monuments Out East - 9½ miles / 15.3km
Walk 08. Wardlow Hay Cop and Cressbrook Dale - 8¼ miles / 13.3km
Walk 09. Pots & Pans and the Upper Tame Valley - 6 miles / 9.7km or 8¼ miles / 13.3km
Walk 10. Longdendale - 8 miles / 12.9km
Walk 11. Handful of Dales - 9 miles / 14.5km
Walk 12. Shining Tor and Thursbitch Valley - 10½ miles / 16.9km
Walk 13. Castleton’s Hollow Country - 8¾ miles / 14km
Walk 14. Lud’s Church and The Roaches - 7 miles / 11.3km
Walk 15. The Dragon’s Back - 7¼ miles / 11.7km
Walk 16. Cracken Edge and South Head -8½ miles / 13.7km
Walk 17. Edale and Madwoman’s Stones - 10 miles / 16km
Walk 18. Millstone Country - 7 miles / 11.3km
Walk 19. Shutlingsloe and Macclesfield Forest - 11½ miles / 18.5km
Walk 20. Chelmorton and The Wye Valley - 9 miles / 14.5km
England’s first National Park (1951) stands astride the southernmost hills, vales and moors of the southern Penn ines. Bounded by cities such as Manchester, Sheffield and Stoke, the Peak District was a cradle of the Industrial Revolution. Such a heady mix of social heritage and morphological diversity provides for some of the most memorable countryside experiences in the land.
It was here that the famous ‘mass trespass’ of 1932 accelerated the train of events which resulted in national parks and greater access to the countryside for all. Today’s rights of way were yesterday’s paths to work and yesteryear’s transport network. By walking these, we’re perpetuating a centuries old birthright to the great outdoors.
The area has astonishingly varied landscapes and landforms, resulting from the differing underlying geology. At its heart, the White Peak plateau is a gentler, greener realm dappled with pastureland, ashwoods and cleaved by astonishing gorges sliced into the pale limestone. Its straw-coloured hamlets and wildflower-drifted byways amidst filigree walls are the epitome of rural England. The enfolding horseshoe of darker uplands is a brooding borderland of remote, reedy moors bounded by craggy edges with endless views and lively, tumbling streams - the enticing gritstone countryside of the Dark Peak with its archetypical weaving villages, salters’ ways and secluded farmsteads.
The walks in this book make the most of such variety. Some visit favourite places and locations, often approaching on paths and byways less-travelled; others seek out the more tranquil corners away from the crowds, opening up new vistas and experiences that relatively few visitors discover. Chance to nibble at the fringes; tackle wildflower-rich towpaths, deserted mine tracks and grassy trods redolent of a quieter time when the National Park was young. Delightful diversity is guaranteed.
All these routes should be achievable by any rambler of average fitness. Short, very steep ascents and descents; stepping stones; rocky paths; marshy sections; ledged paths and high undergrowth may be encountered. In general, longer walks will be more challenging. Each route is graded according to difficulty.
Easy – walks have very few steep or awkward sections; but do expect some modest climbs and descents peppered with a few more adventurous stretches.
Moderate – walks include generally more sustained steeper sections; more climbing and may include long stretches of steps and/or encounter very uneven ground.
Challenging – walks include some rough going and lots of ups and downs, some of which are particularly steep or lengthy and require care and judgement to be exercised.
All walks use public rights of way, concessionary routes or access land. They may need perseverance to follow as their maintenance is variable - loose stiles, awkward gates or dense vegetation for example. Any known difficulties are mentioned; but some may disappear or new ones occur. Take heed of the weather and likely challenges along the route; dress accordingly and wear sturdy footwear. Your safety is your own responsibility - take a few sensible precautions and be circumspect when choosing and using a route.