Dark Peak Walks

Dark Peak Walks

40 walks exploring the Peak District gritstone and moorland landscapes

Paul Besley

$20.72

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This guidebook describes 35 circular walking routes in the Dark Peak - the wilder northern area of the Peak District distinguished by its dark gritstone. The walks range between 4 and 13.5 miles in length (6.5km to 22km), varying in terms of difficulty: some involve steep ascents and descents, uneven ground and pathless terrain, and demand a good level of navigational competence. The book also outlines 5 longer routes (3 linear; 2 circular) of 15.5 to 28 miles (25-45km) for those wishing to explore the area further, including a classic 'skyline' circuit of the Kinder Scout plateau. Detailed route description and 1:50,000 OS mapping are provided for each route, along with information on nearby points of interest and facilities. Icons of the Dark Peak - such as Kinder Scout, Stanage Edge, the Roaches and Mam Tor - are included, however, the focus is on exploring the lesser-known corners of the region. The routes take in striking gritstone edges, distinctive rock formations, open moorland, steep-sided valleys and hidden waterfalls. The Dark Peak features a wild landscape of sweeping moorland and big skies. Easily accessible from Sheffield, it boasts a wealth of natural, geological, historical and cultural interest - and some great walking.


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Paul Besley:
Paul Besley first went walking in the Dark Peak when he was 14 years old and a love of the high moors and gritstone edges was born. Over the following years he has explored the area, walking its moorlands, investigating hidden cloughs, expanding his knowledge and experience. Over the years he has learned when and where the Dark Peak is best and which are the best walks. He is a volunteer ranger for the Peak District National Park and a member of Woodhead Mountain Rescue, an informative walking guide and writer. His ranger base is in the Upper Derwent Valley, just a few minutes from where he lives in Sheffield with his wife, Metalsmith, Alison Counsell and their three dogs Olly, Monty and Scout. For more information, Paul can be contacted at http://www.paulbesley.blog/.

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