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Hi, and welcome to my walking world.

Walking is the simplest and best way to explore the earth. Through my walking I create short circular walks of about 5 miles, long circular walks of 15 or more miles, day challenge walks of 25 miles, and marathon walks of more than 1,000 miles!

The guides I produce are all my own work - maps, photos and text - all are walked by me and then designed and printed by me.

My aim is simple, to encourage you to walk and explore this remarkable world we live in.

Walking makes you fit in body and mind and extends your life.

So armed with one of my guides you can discover what is on your doorstep or a longer multi-day walk, which will provide a lifetime of memories.


….Happy walking!

Enjoy good walking in 2020.

Britains leading walker and author.


John is acknowledged as Britain's most experienced hiker and the world's greatest marathon walker, having so far walked - July 2019 -  more than 226,500 miles on walks throughout the world and worn out 139 pairs of boots. He is author of more than 470 walk guides - all devised, created and authored by him.

He is regularly copied but never equalled.

Britain's walking champion.


2020 - 51st. anniversary of John Merrill's classic 40 mile limestone Dale walk in the Peak District -

THE LIMEY WAY.


Here for the first time are of all my walk guides that I have written. Walking is my way of life  and hope my guides bring you to places, exploring Mother Earth, while getting some healthy exercise.  

"For every mile you walk you extend your life by 21mins".



In November 2019 John was surprised to be presented with the Buckeye Trail plaque - 1,310 miles around the state of Ohio, becoming the first person to backpack the route.




Order 3 books and get John Merrill's handy  day pack free!

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The guides are set out in specific geographical areas with a separate section on Pilgrims Ways guidebooks.  All books, badges and certificates are usually sent out within 24 hours. We print to order.


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Latest Day Challenge Walks -

The Portland Bill Challenge Walk - 24 miles - "follow in my early footsteps."


THE MATTERHORN CHALLENGE WALK - 26 MILES

Melton Mowbray to Grantham via Skillington and the memorial window to Rev Charles Hudson, one of the party to first climb the Matterhorn, but fell to his death on the descent.


The Sandstone Rocks Challenge Walk- 23 miles

The "Southern Peak District".


Three Day walks to Cambridgeshire Cathedrals - Ely, Peterborough, & King's College Chapel, Cambridge.






 











COVER - ESSEX COAST copyThese boots were made for walking - my 134th (2018) and new 135th. pair (2019).

The Way Pilgrimage Walk Map










To celebrate his 40th anniversary of the first walks around the coast of Britain - 7,000 - becoming the first person to so, in 2019 he walked the 320 mile Essex coastline.

see - www.essexwalkguides.com


exerciseMany of you have read my book - "Turn Right at land's End". I am humbled when people write in to say they have read it. One has read it 5 times, but I recently learnt of another who for the last 38 years has read it annually - so far 40 times - quite amazing!







John's latest adventure in September 2019 - Cycling from London to Paris and back along the River Seine - 540 miles in 10 days. This was his second long bike ride!



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For my ministry and Pilgrim Walk guides see my other websites - www.pilgrimsbookshop.com www.thejohnmerrillministry.co.uk

and for my All Faiths church -

www.londoninterfaithchurch.co.uk