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John Merrill Walk Guides

"Hiking the sa​cred paths and trails of the 

world for others to follow"

Telephone No. 01992-762776     Email - [email protected]

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


DAY CHALLENGE WALKS

the successful can obtain a special embroidered badge and signed certificate for each challenge walk.

SURREY HILLS CHALLENGE WALK - 23 MILES

Starts and ends at Abinger Hammer and takes in the highest hills of South-East England, with stunning views. Includes Surrey's prettiest village and involves 600m (2,000 ft) of ascent. A surprising walk! Embroidered Badge and certificate for the successful.

Price: £7.95

SURREY HILLS CHALLENGE WALK - 23 MILES
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NORFOLK BROADS CHALLENGE WALK - 20 MILES

Starts and ends at Halvergate near Great Yarmouth. A remote walk beside the River Yare to Reedham - halfway with inn, ferry and campsite. Past many historic drainage mills, A beautiful walk.

Price: £7.95

NORFOLK BROADS CHALLENGE WALK - 20 MILES
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THE BOSHAM CHALLENGE WALK - 18 MILES

A fascinating walk from Bosham, Sussex to Fishbourne - Roman mosaics, Chitchester - cathedral - Chitchester Canal and along the coast following a "submerged" path back to historic Bosham.

Price: £7.95

THE BOSHAM CHALLENGE WALK - 18 MILES
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THE ISLE OF THANET CHALLENGE WALK - 24 MILES

From Margate, along the coast to Pegwell Bay and then inland across the former island back to Margate. Great variety and full of history including the village of Minster in Thanet.

Price: £7.95

THE ISLE OF THANET CHALLENGE WALK - 24 MILES
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THE KING JOHN CHALLENGE WALK - 24 MILES

From Virginia Water around the Windsor Great Park, to Windsor and beside the Thames to Runnymeade, where the Magna Carta was signed. A walk rich in history - fascinating!

Price: £7.95

THE KING JOHN CHALLENGE WALK - 24 MILES
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White Peak Challenge Walk.

Created and devised by John Merrill in 1983.

THE WHITE PEAK CHALLENGE WALK - 25 MILES

NEW 2020 EDITION.

Circular walk from Bakewell around the White Peak to Lathkill Dale and Monyash and back over gritstone country - Robin Hood's Stride. The original Merrill challenge walked by more than 45,000 and raised more than £160,000 for charity.

Price: £7.95

The fine traditional market town of Bakewell is the central point of the Peak

District,and a logical starting point for a challenge walk in the area. My aim has

been to create—

I. a circular walk, using footpaths as much as possible.

2. a walk that could be accomplished within a day—10 hours.

3. a challenge,making the route as rugged as possible, but one that is

within everyone's capability.

4. to combine as much scenic variety in the route as possible.

Bearing these points in mind, the walk takes you through limestone scenery—

plateaux and dales; across gritstone moorland and past rocky outcrops; and

along river valleys. The paths are in the main little used ones.Several of the

well-known areas such as Monsal Dale will be seen from different angles

providing stunning views. En route are numerous historical sites and ancient

monuments. You pass through several villages where there are shops and inns

to ‘help you' on your way.

| first walked the route over three mornings just before Christmas in appalling

conditions—wind, cold and rain. As | walked | checked the route, making

careful notes. | have since walked it twenty times—usually in eight hours—and

can assure you that it is a splendid circuit!

By the end of 2008 more than 16,500 people have completed the walk in an

average time of |0 hours. The longest on record is 16 hours,and the fastest-—

running—is 4hrs |4 minutes; this was their third attempt! Many have used the

walk to raise money for charity, and so far approximately £145,000 has been

raised.

All that remains for me to say is—have a good walk, let me know how you get

on, and may the sun shine all day and may your feet remain dry and blister free!

i


THE WHITE PEAK CHALLENGE WALK - 25 MILES
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Dark Peak Challenge Cover.

Created and devised by John Merrill in 1983.

THE DARK PEAK CHALLENGE WALK - 24 MILES

NEW 2020 EDITION.

A tough challenge from Hathersage over Stanage Edge and Win Hill. Great views and an average time of 10 hours to complete.

Price: £7.95

Many people who have walked some of my other day challenge walks

frequently asked for another in the Peak District. I had already been

thinking along these lines, for the other one is basically a "White Peak"

challenge. The Dark Peak offers numerous permutations and for the

last year I have pooling my thoughts as to a route. At first I wanted to

do Kinder and Bleaklow but in reality the routes were too long and not

really safe for the less experienced in bad weather. In the end I decided

upon Hathersage as the start and finish, for it has all amenities

including a Youth Hostel and campsite nearby.

With the start finalised I toyed with several route options before

finalising this route. Unlike my other walks I decided to do it anti-

clockwise, and for me I saw many of my favourite places from the other

side, creating a walk which abounds in wide views all the way. I

finalised the route on paper by Christmas but because ofso many other

books to complete it was five months before I could do my inaugural

walk; and what a day I chose—mid May and continuous sun all day.

I ended up very sunburnt and with two large blisters from my new

boots, but a walk I will remember with great affection for years to come.

I left Hathersage car park at 9.30 a.m. and adopted a steady pace as

I began the climb via North Lees Hall to the top of Stanage Edge.

Incredibly there were few about and all day I saw hardly anyone—they

didn't know what they were missing. My route took me over High Neb

and down to Moscar. Here followed the next gentle but long ascent

along the incomparable Derwent Edge past the Salt Cellar to Back Tor.

Next came a long descent which in its latter stages is quite steep to the

aptly named Walker's Clough and Derwent Reservoir. As I walked

along Derwent Edge I could see the summit pinnacle of Win Hill,

knowing this was my last peak of the day. To get there involved a short

ascent and descent via Lockerbrook to the River Ashop. Here the final

ascent began, steep at first but from Hope Cross more gentle as I

walked the spine of Win Hill to its rocky crest. Standing on the summit

the view took in the whole of the route. Footsore I descended to

Thornhill and on past the incredibly attractive Bamford Mill into

Bamford and the first shops and pubs on the walk! The final three miles

were across the fields ascending and descending back to Hathersage.

I was sorry it was over—a fantastic walk with breathtaking views all the

way. I can only hope that on your walk you en joy such fine weather and

see the beauty of this area at its best. Have a good walk and let me know

how you get on.

Happy walking! John N, Merrill

THE DARK PEAK CHALLENGE WALK - 24 MILES
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THE HAPPY HIKER CHALLENGE WALK - 26 MILES

From Over Haddon, near Bakewell, Derbyshire. Across the White Peak to Longnor and back. Beautiful walk with fine views.

Price: £7.95

THE HAPPY HIKER CHALLENGE WALK - 26 MILES
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JENNIFER'S CHALLENGE WALK - 24 MILES

From Brassington, Derbyshire around the southern area of the Peak District and Derbyshire, including Carsington Water. Fascinating villages and used to raise money for Arhritis Charities.

Price: £8.50

JENNIFER'S CHALLENGE WALK - 24 MILES
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YORKSHIRE DALES CHALLENGE WALK 25 MILES

From Kettlewell and traversing the dales and hills. Special low price

Price: £1.00

YORKSHIRE DALES CHALLENGE WALK 25 MILES
£1.00
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North Yorkshire Moors Challenge Walk Cover.

Created and devised by John Merrill in 1988.

THE NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS CHALLENGE WALK - 25 MILES

From Goathland across the moors to Robin Hood's Bay and back! Special price

Price: £1.00

THE NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS CHALLENGE WALK - 25 MILES
£4.00
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LITTLE JOHN CHALLENGE WALK - 28 MILES

From Ewinstowe around Sherwood Forest via Major Oak, Clumber Park and Robin Hood's Cave. Lovely forest walk with inns!

Price: £7.95

LITTLE JOHN CHALLENGE WALK - 28 MILES
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PEAK DISTRICT END TO END WALKS - 24 MILES

Two walks - Limestone dales from Buxton. Gritstone edges from Derwent Reservoir to Baslow. Two classic walks.

Price: £7.95

PEAK DISTRICT END TO END WALKS - 24 MILES
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River's Way Cover (Peak District)

Created and devised by John Merrill. All rights reserved.

THE RIVER'S WAY (PEAK DISTRICT) - 40 MILES

From Edale to Ilam via the major rivers. Can be done in a day or over 2 days.. Special price

Price: £1.00

THE RIVER'S WAY (PEAK DISTRICT) - 40 MILES
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The Limey Way Cover

Created and devised by John Merrill in 1969.

THE LIMEY WAY - 40 MILES

John Merrill's original classic walk from Castle to Thorpe via 20 limestone dales. A stunning walk either in 24 hours or 48 hours.

Price: £2.50

THE LIMEY WAY - 40 MILES
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THE MIDDLEWICH CHALLENGE WALK - 25 MILES

From Middlewich, Cheshire along canals and countryside in this charming unspoilt area of countryside.

Price: £7.95

THE MIDDLEWICH CHALLENGE WALK - 25 MILES
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THE QUANTOCK WAY - 36 MILES

The complete traverse of the Quantock hills to Minehead. High level walk with great views.

Price: £7.95

THE QUANTOCK WAY - 36 MILES
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THE BRIGHTON WAY - 52 MILES

From East Grinstead to Brighton and can be done in stages as each stage ends at a railway station on the Brighton line. Fine finish over the South Downs.

Price: £7.95

THE BRIGHTON WAY - 52 MILES
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THE HERTFORD CHALLENGE WALK - 26 MILES

From Hertford over rolling landscape past estates and pretty villages.

Price: £7.95

THE HERTFORD CHALLENGE WALK - 26 MILES
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THE STAFFORDSHIRE MOORLANDS CHALLENGE WALK - 25 MILES

Around the ChurneT Valley and Weaver Hills -a wonderful walk. Special low price.

Price: £1.00

THE STAFFORDSHIRE MOORLANDS CHALLENGE WALK - 25 MILES
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THE LAKELAND CHALLENGE WALK - 18 MILES

A tough challenge with much ascent and descent from Langdale over the Pikes and onto Scafell Pike and back! Speical offer price

Price: £1.00

THE LAKELAND CHALLENGE WALK - 18 MILES
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THE RUTLAND WATER CHALLENGE WALK - 25 MILES

The complete encirclement of Rutland Water, on good paths and including the Hamilton Peninsula. Special low price.

Price: £1.00

THE RUTLAND WATER CHALLENGE WALK - 25 MILES
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THE MALVERN HILLS CHALLENGE WALK 20 MILES

NEW 2019 EDITION - The complete traverse of the stunning hills with great views.

Price: £7.95

THE MALVERN HILLS CHALLENGE WALK 20 MILES
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THE SALTERS WAY - 28 MILES

Follows the medieval salt ways from Northwich to the Peak District. A voyage of discovery.

Price: £7.95

THE SALTERS WAY - 28 MILES
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Charnwood Forest Challenge Cover

THE CHARNWOOD FOREST CHALLENGE WALK - 25 MILES

From Bradgate Park and ascends many of the hills in the area. Passing abbey's and reservoirs that make up this beautiful area.

Price: £7.95

THE CHARNWOOD FOREST CHALLENGE WALK - 25 MILES
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THE THREE COUNTIES CHALLENGE WALK - 28 MILES

A tough walk from the Cat & Fiddle to Shutlingsloe and the Roaches, and three Shires Head - Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire. A connisours walk!

Price: £7.95

THE THREE COUNTIES CHALLENGE WALK - 28 MILES
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THE BELVOIR WITCHES CHALLENGE WALK - 22 MILES

A walk through the Vale of Belvoir to Belvoir Castle where the "Belvoir Wiches" did their magic. Then along a section of the Grantham canal back to the start. Not for the faint hearted!

Price: £7.95

THE BELVOIR WITCHES CHALLENGE WALK - 22 MILES
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THE SWEET PEA CHALLENGE WALK - 25 MILES

Starts from Wem, the home of the Sweet Pea. Delightful rolling Shoipshire countryside.

Price: £7.95

THE SWEET PEA CHALLENGE WALK - 25 MILES
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THE FOREST OF BOWLAND CHALLENGE WALK - 25 MILES

Remote moorland and three stunning mountains to climb. A peaceful walk in great countryside.

Price: £7.95

THE FOREST OF BOWLAND CHALLENGE WALK - 25 MILES
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THE DERBY CANAL RING - 28 MILES

From Derby following the former Derby Canal, and the Trent & Mersey Canal and Erewash Canal.

Price: £7.95

THE DERBY CANAL RING - 28 MILES
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THE LINCOLNSHIRE WOLDS BLACK DEATH CHALLENGE WALK - 25 MILES

From Louth via several "Lost Village " sites due to the 14th. century Plague. Fascinating walk. Pub and accommodation halfway!

Price: £7.95

THE LINCOLNSHIRE WOLDS BLACK DEATH CHALLENGE WALK - 25 MILES
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THE EPPING FOREST CHALLENGE WALK - 22 MILES

Starting from Waltham Abbey, Essex, the walk encircles and traverses Epping Forest and you ascend hills with views to London's skyline and return along the River Lee Navigation.

Price: £7.95

THE EPPING FOREST CHALLENGE WALK - 22 MILES
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THE CAL-DER-WENT WALK

Classic walk originated by Geoffrey Carr from the River Calder to Ladybower Reservoir and River Derwent. -30miles from South Yorkshire over the moorlands of the Peak District. New edition by John Merrill - 2015. Badge and certificate available.

Price: £7.95

THE CAL-DER-WENT WALK
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EAST DEVON CHALLENGE WALK

23 mile walk from Musbury and including the coastal pth between Lyme Regis and Seaton. A great walk!

Price: £7.95

EAST DEVON CHALLENGE WALK
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THE SANDSTONE ROCKS CHALLENGE WALK

23 miles - from Royal Tunbridge Wells to Bowles Rocks, Penn Rocks, Harrison's Rocks and High Rocks in East Sussex. This is souther Peak District!

Price: £7.95

THE SANDSTONE ROCKS CHALLENGE WALK
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PORTLAND BILL CHALLENGE WALK

24 miles, following in my earliest footsteps, from Weymouth and around the Isle of Portland and back.

Price: £7.95

PORTLAND BILL CHALLENGE WALK
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THE MATTERHORN CHALLENGE WALK - 26 MILES

From Melton Mowbray over the Wolds to Skillington and the memorial window to Rev. Charles Hudson who was in Edward Wymper's party to first climb the mountain. Tragically he fell to his death on the descent. The route continues to Grantham

Price: £7.95

THE MATTERHORN CHALLENGE WALK - 26 MILES
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THE ESSEX WITCHES CHALLENGE WALK

25 mile circular walk from Braintree, visiting many villages connected to witchcraft in the 16th. & 17th century. Includes the village of Coggeshall, with 350 listed buildings. Witch badge and certificate for the successful!

Price: £7.95

THE ESSEX WITCHES CHALLENGE WALK
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