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I grew up in the nearby Staffordshire Moorlands, spending loads of time in the Peaks, a place that's always been close to my heart.

I'm a big fan of a good hike and the great outdoors. It was here in the Peaks that I even completed my Duke of Edinburgh as a young lad. Now, I want to share this gorgeous bit of the country side with you.

So, join me as we chat about the best trails, local sights, and more. Cheers!


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