Thursday, November 02, 2006

"Walking Weekends: Peak District" finally finished today, after 18 months of research, 0ver 400 miles of walking and visiting over 60 pubs! The book is being printed at the moment and will arrive back from the binders next Friday. If you want to know more about this book then visit

Anyway, had an great time in the Peak District with The Sunday Times journalists last weekend. We stayed at the newly-refurbished Devonshire Arms at Beeley (great food, stylish bedrooms, good service but rather too bright decor especially the flourescent pink plastic bar stools!) and the George at Castleton (traditional village pub with flagstone floors, open fires and generous portions of lamb shank!). The walks we did were from Beeley to Bakewell then back via Edensor. Also, from Castleton we walk up onto Win Hill then down to the Yorkshire Bridge before skirting around Ladybower Reservoir then back to Castleton via Hope Cross. The final walk we did was from Edale up onto Kinder Scout via the Woolpacks and Jacob's Ladder - see photo above. The article will hopefully appear in the travel section of the Sunday Times in late November. The best beer was a pint of Copper Dragon Pipkin at the Yorkshire Bridge Inn closely followed by Hartington Bitter at the Cheshire Cheese, Hope.

I finally did the walk around Baysdale last week on a wonderfully warm autumnal day. Elvis enjoyed himself as he loves running across heather moorland (see photo above).



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