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The man who has walked and still is walking, the Peak District

Britain, Europe and the World; he has no equal.

John Merrill 

 Walk Guides

"Hiking the sacred paths and trails of the world for others to follow".

"The miracle of life is not to fly in the air, or walk-on the water, but to walk on the earth"- Chinese saying.

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

photo - John Merrill on the summit of Stake Pass, on the Cumbria Way - May 2022.


- so far I have worn out 135 pairs of boots, walking 225,000 miles. The boots are usually worn out around the heel inside or the heel outside. The following pictures are just a fragment of my boots. I keep them in a shed and most have a label on saying what they have done. They are like close friends and I hate parting with them! The traditional heavy weight boot would last 6 months but todays lightweight boots last 2 to 3 months and I wear out three pairs a year.

New boots - first pair for 2019.

My last pair in 2018, after 1,500 miles. Including twice to Mont St. Michel - 500 miles.

Among the walks worn - Seville to Santiago de Compostella - 750 miles.

General walk boots in Britain, covering 1,100 miles.

Used for 560 miles.

UK walks - approx 900 miles.