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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.


GONE ARE ..............

Gone is the hot sun, the lush green colours,

the newly formed leaves, the flowered meadows,

the happy hay makers.

Gone are the flatlands, the river gorges,

the vine laden slopes, the high mountains

and cascading glaciers.

Gone are the maps, guidebooks, the signs,

the red and white blazes and footprints.

Gone are the gites-d'etape, the campsites,

the hotel rooms where I lay my body to rest.

Gone are the friendly people of foreign lands,

their customs and way of life.

Gone are the French rolls of bread,

the petit dejeuner and wines from Alsace,

Moselle, Lausanne and Bordeaux.

The boots, rucksack, tent, and stove gather dust.

The walk has ended but the memories live on.

(Copyright John N. Merrill 1982 after walking across France).