Review of ‘Peak District Illustrated Walks’, by Trevor York

This review is by Julie Bunting, and was published originally in The Peak Advertiser, the Peak District's local free newspaper, on 23rd May 2005, and is reproduced with Julie's kind permission.

PEAK DISTRICT ILLUSTRATED WALKS

New books seem to be blooming like flowers in spring and this is just the time of year to pack a new walking title into the rucksack. Peak District Illustrated Walks by Trevor Yorke offers 20 circular routes in and around the Peak Park: north, south, east and west. All true rambles no more than six miles long.

This book is special for two reasons, not least that Trevor provides his own skilfully drawn maps and illustrations, showing features to be seen along the route. Also, the maps follow a 'strip' format, divided into lengths so that north is not always at the top nor south at the bottom. This layout may be new to you, so take an armchair ramble first - after that it will be a breeze.

The maps give beautifully detailed bird's eye views of everything a rambler could possibly need, from pubs and tea rooms to toilets. En route are shown such features as prehistoric fields, disused mines, woods, streams and trig points, plus warnings of mud, steep paths and even 'path collapsing' or 'path vague'. More than enough to reassure you that you are in the right place and, at 40p per walk, excellent value.

Peak District Illustrated Walks is published by Countryside Books and on sale in local outlets priced £7.99. (ISBN 1-85306-854-3)

Review by Julie Bunting


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