Bradt's Peak District – Slow Travel brings a new 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 an emphasis 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. Helen Moat has won, or been placed, in numerous travel writing competitions and has a passion for, and extensive knowledge of, the Peak District.
Going Slow in the Peak District
The Peak District, Car-free travel, The Peak District online, How this book is arranged
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, Monsal Head to Bakewell
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
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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. She studied German in England, living in Switzerland and Germany for extended periods, and has since settled in the Peak District, her adopted home. She is constantly inspired by the local landscape, and the people and places shaped by the Peaks. A keen walker and cyclist, she's happiest when outdoors and on the move. As a travel and fiction writer, she's always on the hunt for a good story. The Peak District gives her plenty of material.