Pub to Pub Walks

 In Derbyshire walks

Living in the Peak District has a lot of benefits. Firstly, as it is not so remote, there are lots of pubs in quiet and remote hamlets and villages. Secondly, there is an incredible number of footpaths. Everywhere is linked by paths and that made me think about a different kind of walk. Ann and I have walked a number of long distance paths. Principally, you start at one point, walk to another and stay overnight, continue and then find transport back. With everything on your back, it is extraordinarily freeing. You become part of nature, your body released from routine. You also realise that you can live without all this stuff we surround ourselves with. I have no doubt this is why people are finding pilgrimages attractive. Walking is also a rhymthm that our body enjoys, the ultimate excercise. Pub to pub walks sound very appealing.

The plan

The walks need to be planned carefully. Cars, roads and road noise destroy the harmony we require. The ingredients must include trees, birdsong, sparkling water, streams, caves, limestone dales, gritstone edges, bracken, deer, cattle and sheep. Those ingredients exist in the Peak District but linking them to pubs for, say, two, three or more nights, is a challenge. We have to cross roads but want to avoid walking them. Many roads and lanes have no path alongside, some are positively lethal for walkers. It would be good if you could link using an old bus, or even a train, and that is feasible only in rare instances. The pub also needs to offer accomodation and meals. Nothing beats a warm fire and a meal after a day’s walking.

Pub to pub walks

I am considering some potential routes. I am inclined to theme them, the gritstone walk or the limestone dales. The choice of ale at the pub is not a consideration nor, even, the cost. Some of the walks will be hard, really hard. Perhaps one of the walks should be the mud walk. I can already think of some candidates for this. The really big walk will go up and down and perhaps across the Peak District. That is because the area is a gritstone horseshoe of edges with a mass of limestone in between. Consequently, a criss-cross will be necessary. However, I need to see what has been done by others. It is hard to believe that somebody has not already worked this all out. Do I need to walk the routes first; you bet I do!

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