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Tissington Trail and Village

July 5, 2011

On Friday 1st July we tried out the ‘Tissington Trail and Village’ walk from the ‘Jarrold Short Walks’ book covering the Peak District. (This book available from Amazon here and the series now seems to be called ‘Crimson Short Walks’).

This is the book cover:

Front cover

And here are the first two pages of the walk:

First two pages of the walk

So was it any good? Well the walk itself was lovely. It came from the first section of the book, which is called ‘Short, easy walks’ and it was as short and easy as billed. Nice and flat, with some lovely views. Tissington Village was quaint and picturesque and there was a gorgeous little shop called Edward & Vintage that sells yummy ice cream and sweets as well as vintage-style homewares. So we’ll be going there again. Next time, we’ll take the bonkers boy because most of the walking route was traffic free and there was relatively little traffic in the village.

And the book seemed well laid-out. We liked the fact that the map in the book was a proper OS map, rather than a sketch map, as this made it nice and straightforward to follow the right route. Another thing that was really good was that there were details about refreshments and public toilets. I think all the walks in the book include options for refreshments and toilet stops and this is very useful, not only if you have kids with you but for anyone who doesn’t want to rough it.

After finishing the walk, we drove a short way to Ashbourne and pottered around there for a bit. Ashbourne has a good selection of little shops and I bought an audiobook from Oxfam Books and Music; a sunhat from Yeoman Outdoor and a cardigan from a shop that is crammed with fairtrade clothing and other goodies.

I’d be interested to hear from anyone else who has tried walks from this book or from other books in the series. Or perhaps you’ve tried other walking books aimed at the family market?

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