Local author Peter Naldrett has come up with a novel idea – Derbyshire & The Peak District: A Dog Walker’s Guide.
“The problem for dog owners,” said Peter, “is that once you’re off your home patch it’s hard to be sure where you can walk safely with your dog without the frustration of getting lost, finding your route blocked with impassable stiles or encountering busy roads.
“I have put together this collection of dog-friendly walks so that others can discover Derbyshire’s glorious countryside without these frustrations.”
The 20 circular routes have been designed with maximum off-lead time and minimum exposure to roads, and vary in length from two to five-and-half miles.
Each walk has information on the distance and terrain, livestock likely to be encountered, number and type of stiles en route and, in an emergency, the nearest veterinary surgery.
In addition to the clear, numbered route instructions, each section also includes a matching numbered map, information on how to get to the start, places of interest along the way, and local pubs and cafes which welcome dogs.
The routes give dogs and their owners the chance to explore the glorious countryside of Derbyshire and the Peak District, with walks beside the river Dove in beautiful Dovedale; over Monsal Head with its breath-taking views; around Torside Reservoir and Ladybower Reservoir, surrounded by lush meadows and woodland; through Poolsbrook Country Park, a glorious example of regenerated land; and along the river of Lathkill Dale with its tumbling weirs and lovely views.
There is also the chance to see the historic ‘plague village’ of Eyam; the ancient packhorse trail on Stanage Edge; impressive Chatsworth House; and many charming and picturesque villages such as Tissington, Osmaston and Milton.
“I hope my book will provide readers and their dogs with many happy hours of inspiring and enjoyable walks together,” said Peter. “Happy walking!”
Peter Naldrett lives in Sheffield. He is a geography teacher and a keen walker. He is also an author and journalist and writes regularly for magazines such as The Countryman and Geographical and has also had a walking series in Dogs Monthly magazine.
lDerbyshire & The Peak District: A Dog Walker’s Guide by Peter Naldrett is published by Countryside Books, priced £7.95 and is available from all good booksellers, some local garden centres and attractions and direct from the publishers at www.countrysidebooks.co.uk