Review of ‘Put Thy Boots On’, by Various Authors

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

PUT THY BOOTS ON!

This pocket-sized book of walks, sensibly protected by a plastic cover, suggests 16 walks starting and ending at Elton, though there is no reason why any of the places en route shouldn't launch each walk instead. Ranging from just over two miles to a two-day 27 mile 'corker', the walks have been put together by some of the trustees of Elton Jubilee Field Improvement Project (a registered charity) to raise funds for building a club house and changing rooms at the playing fields - the village cricket and football clubs, along with the children of the junior school, can't wait!

The size of Elton's population rules out a major grant for the work, so the charity would be very appreciative of help or donations. Sales of the book are more of a donation towards the project; to date the ground has been prepared and footings dug.

The walking routes can be chosen to take in Burycliffe, Gratton Dale, Bonsall moor, Winster, Youlgrave, Birchover, Monyash, Bakewell, Castleton and many more of our prettiest villages. The compilers' comments range from 'A nice stroll' to 'take a sandwich' to 'should raise the pulse a little' to 'NO HILLS!' And apparently, the second day of the 27- mile adventure is 'NOT for JESSIES!!!!'

Colour photographs and maps are included, along with suggested places to stay or camp, refreshment stops and basic information about public transport. Put Thy Boots On! is even printed in Elton and is on sale at the Duke of York and Elton Cafe, also at Byways Cafe in Bakewell. Price £6.

Review by Julie Bunting


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