About me



I write about walking in the Peak District and the Peak District National Park, encompassing Derbyshire and the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Read my blog all about walking in the Peak District and lots more information on the walks in my book Dark Peak Walks.

The book, Dark Peak Walks, published by Cicerone, guides the walker through 40 walks across the gritstone and moorland landscape of the Dark Peak area of the Peak District.

I am an accomplished writer on Peak District walking and hill safety for both web and print, drawing on 40 years experience of exploring and guiding and also an entertaining speaker on the Peak District landscape and its people.

I write for several magazines on the Peak District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

I am a ranger for the Peak District National Park, based at Fairholmes Ranger Station, a member of Woodhead Mountain Rescue and the Search and Rescue Dog Association of England. I live on the outskirts of Sheffield with my wife, metalsmith Alison Counsell of Wapentac, and three dogs Olly, Monty and Search Dog Scout.

Email: paulbesley@gmail.com

Facebook: @paulbesleywriter

Twitter: @paulbesleywrite

Author: Paul Besley

Writer I have spent most of my life escaping in to Britains National Parks and wilderness areas. I have grown to love the solitude it can bring and I like to share this with others either through guiding people or through my writing. I now spend half my life either as a ranger, guide or writer, involved with the natural landscape we are all a part of. It is these experiences that I wish to write and share about.

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