About this book
This new, thoroughly updated edition of Bradt’s Slow Travel Peak District brings a fresh perspective to this much-loved area. Slow down and let expert local author Helen Moat guide you to not just all the well-known places, but away from the crowds to uncover the hidden corners of the Peak District. The author’s love of interesting and colourful story is linked to the natural and manmade features of the area, highlighting the quirky and unusual places and points of interest off the beaten tourist track, from dales to abandoned mills, historical ruins, strange follies and irresistible pubs.
Connect with the people who work and live in the national park through first-hand accounts of their experiences, and discover great places to cook, eat and drink, with a focus on tasty, local and good quality food in atmospheric venues and locations. An emphasis on car-free travel throws up a range of options: walking, cycling, boating, buses and trains – and some more unusual modes of transport as part of the sightseeing experience.
From the characterful mill towns of Holmfirth, Marsden and Uppermill on its northern fringes, to the historic stone-built settlements that lie the heart of the national park; from the elegant spa town of Buxton to the colourful market towns of Matlock, Ashbourne and Leek in the south, the Peak District is filled with story and history – and great beauty.
Helen Moat has won, or been placed in, numerous travel writing competitions and has a passion for, and extensive knowledge of, the Peak District. She now works as a freelance travel writer, contributing to regional and national publications such as Derbyshire Life, Wanderlust and BBC Countryfile.
About the author
Helen Moat was born in Northern Ireland and spent her childhood travelling the length and breadth of the island in her Dad’s Morris Minor – or so it seemed: she still suffers from wanderlust. Helen studied German and has lived in Switzerland and Germany for extended periods. Now settled in the Peak District, she is constantly inspired by the landscape and the people and places shaped by the Peak. A keen walker and cyclist, she’s happiest when outdoors and on the move. As a freelance travel writer, regularly contributing to Wanderlust, Derbyshire Life and BBC Countryfile, and fiction scribbler, she’s always on the hunt for a good story. The Peak District gives her plenty of material.
GOING SLOW IN THE PEAK DISTRICT
The Peak District, Car-free travel, The Peak District online, How this book is arranged, Accessible Peak District
1 THE DARK PEAK
Walking & cycling, Saddleworth Moor & the far north, Hadfield to Edale, The Dark Peak moorland waters
2 THE EASTERN MOORS
Walking & cycling, The Upper Derwent Valley: Hathersage to Baslow, The Chatsworth Estate & villages, Rowsley to Birchover
3 THE NORTHERN WHITE PEAK
Walking & cycling, Around Castleton, Stoney Middleton to Tideswell, Buxton, The River Wye and surrounds
4 THE SOUTHERN WHITE PEAK
Walking & cycling, Lathkill Dale to Winster, Dovedale, the Manifold Valley & around
5 THE SOUTHWEST PEAK, CHESHIRE & STAFFORDSHIRE FRINGES
Walking & cycling, Marple to Lyme Park, Bollington to Leek, The Goyt Valley to Warslow
6 THE DERBYSHIRE PEAK FRINGE & LOWER DERWENT
Walking & cycling, The Derbyshire Peak Fringe, The Lower Derwent Valley
Eye-opening and wonderful
India Knight, The Sunday Times Magazine
'Details interesting walks in quieter areas and highlights the intricacies and curiosities along the way'
TGO – The Great Outdoors
'Slow Travel Peak District is a guide with a difference'