Brill Walks in the Peak - Book Three - cover image
Price: £7.19

ISBN: 978 0901100740
Published by: Freda Bowman & Bob Brill
Author: Freda Bowman & Bob Brill
Binding: Ringbinding with card covers
Pages: 74
Dimensions(mm): 240x170x10
Published price: £7.99
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Review...

This is the third book in the ‘Brill Walks’ series, covering the Castleton and Edale areas. The Derwent reservoirs, Miller’s Dale and Chatsworth and Baslow. There are three circular walks in each section, ranging from 4 to 6 1/2 miles. An interesting and creative addition is the inclusion of a story or ‘tale’ which prefaces each section. They are ‘The Deathbed Tale, The Lime Worker’s Tale, The Vicar’s Tale and Sarah’s Tale. They are all relevant to the area and are written through the eyes of people with differing backgrounds living in different times. They are researched and written by Freda. I particularly liked the Vicar’s Tale, about the loss of Derwent and Ashopton villages to the Ladybower Reservoir. 

Each walk has a hand-drawn map, quirkily and attractively illustrated. They’re a little lacking in hard detail, but they have a charm of their own. At the head of each walk is a summary of the terrain, map and starting point details and a refreshment guide. The walking instructions are very clear and neatly laid out, with extra general interest information highlighted in a bold type. The walks are also illustrated with attractive colour photos. I feel that the book is a little large for a guide book, maybe a smaller format with more pages would be more user-friendly. However it is popular as it is, so who am I to say. The enthusiasm of the authors comes through to the pages.

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