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Just got home from our walking week which you led, and want to say how much we enjoyed all the walks for their variety, content, and of course the “snippets”.  You made the Peaks come more alive for us.  I feel the whole party was so satisfied.
Just right!!
Best wishes,

(Nov 2013)


Thank you for the great walk.  Your trek had something for everyone; interesting information about the Peaks and its history, a little shopping, yummy food, suggestions for children’s outings and, of course, the walk.  You combined it all into a great day out for us ladies.  How lucky we were to have such nice weather!.  Absolutely everyone is looking forward to getting your Bakewell Pudding recipe. Once again, thank you.  All of us had a wonderful time. 

E  (Oct 2013)

Hi Sally, thank you so much for taking us on such a lovely walk last week. You obviously kept the lovely weather up for us!I’ve had lovely comments from the others who really enjoyed themselves.

Lindsay Allen
Rural Business Adviser
(July 2013)

Hi Sally,

Just wanted to thank you for doing the talk to our Rural Social Group yesterday, they thoroughly enjoyed it and the feedback was that they could listen to you for hours !! The only disappointment was the lack of your 4 legged companion !! I have put a thank you on our Facebook page and a link to your website.

Thanks again,

Andrea Palfreyman
Marketing Assistant

The Farming Life Centre
(July 2013)

Hi Sally
Thank you for your email.  Everyone has been commenting on how great the weekend and walk were!!  They were particularly complementary about your lemon drizzle cake!!
Warm regards


Hi Sally,
Thank you once again for another ‘wonderful’ walking holiday. I welcomed the group back in on Friday and you could tell there was a real ‘buzz’ about the place. Andrew was full of praise and even the weather was good to you.
I will put a note in our 2015 ideas and look at doing a Peak District holiday.
June 2013)

Dear Sally
We had a wonderful time in the Peak District and you enhanced our experience enormously so many thanks. I thought that Bakewell and the way you organised the tasting was excellent and the walk on the Monsal trail ending up at The Stables rounded the whole day off perfectly. You can tell that banter and a lot of fun works for our group as witnessed in the pub and thanks for joining in, you made it easy for us.
(June 2013)

Hi Sally

I never got around to saying a huge thank you for the fascinating walk we did round Matlock Bath and Cromford – the girls loved the talk and most of all the chocolates! I now drive by the hair dressers cabin at Cromford and can pass on my little gem of knowledge to everyone in the car! The meal in the Fishpond was excellent even if the initial service was not quite up to scratch – thanks for getting us back in plenty of time to eat.
Many thanks, hope you are having a busy season

(June 2013)


Just returned from The Lakes & Scotland today. Wanted to thank you for a great experience with 'The Trit Trotters'. Super idea that I am sure will prove a fine addition to people's trips to Castleton.
We so enjoyed your company and apologise for our rapid departure due to the onset of inclement weather.
Hope to visit again and meet up

(May 2013)

Thank you Sally, for SUCH a lovely day yesterday. You were such a lovely leader - we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. A great and memorable way to spend my birthday!Thanks too for the photos - they`re great.
Bless you
(April 2013)

Hello Sally,

My husband and I were on your two walks for Saga this week and thoroughly enjoyed them - thank you very much for all the snippets of fascinating information. The frequent mentions of Paxton created an  interest in him and on the way home today we stopped at the big bookshop just outside Buxton and bought a book, entitled Joseph Paxton by John Anthony. They do have at least twenty more copies if you are interested - at the bargain price of £2.99.
I had a quick flick through ( will read properly later)  and found mention of his two  daughters who did marry.
His great grandchildren are also thanked in the acknowledgments, so he must have had at least two other children besides the two in the tomb at Edensor and grandchildren. Your information about his grandson must be correct. Phew!
We hope to visit Derbyshire and the Peak District again and may well turn up on one of your future walks.
Very best wishes

 Gill and Peter Maguire
(Sept 2012)

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Dear sally,

Just a line to say we are all returned home safely and enjoyed the day we spent with you. Many thanks, everyone had a brilliant time, I will certainly be recommending you to any one travelling to the Peak district.

Best Wishes

 Deborah and The Singing Seagulls (October 2011) 


Dear Sally,

 Just to say how much we enjoyed walking with you last Saturday.  Your knowledge of the area made the day so much more interesting & your presence was delightful. It made our family get-together much more special.   

Thank you very much,

Very best wishes,


On Sun, Oct 16, 2011

 Hello Sally,
Thank you very much for a most enjoyable walk yesterday, with a good train ride to start and many interesting snippets en-route. Julie and I would certainly like to join one of your other walks in the future so as you offered we would like to be added to your newsletter list please.  We will gladly pass on the leaflets you gave us to others; it is a pleasure to meet someone who is so keen to provide customer satisfaction. We wish you continued success.  

David Graham

October 2011

Hi Sally,
Glad you liked the photo. Yes, dooooo put it on your gallery. We'll like being famous!
We all really enjoyed the day out with you (I think it shows in the photo). We will definitely be booking to come again.
I will look forward to it, bye for now,

Ann   September 2011


Dear Sally,

Now that I'm over jet lag and have my life back in order, I want to send  special thanks for the wonderful day you gave us in Derbyshire.  I think we all agreed that it was so beautiful, meaningful and the highlight of our trip to the UK.  You were an excellent guide, and the pace you set was perfect.  It was also very nice meeting Pat and soaking up her knowledge of Padley Chapel.  Thanks, too, for the use of your walking stick; it really helped and the next day we got one (collapsible) for me.  It made the rest of the walking easier. 

 We were all impressed with the friendliness and helpfulness of all the English people we met, but I feel that we made a real friend in you.  If you should ever want to make a trip to the U.S./Michigan you will have places to stay and guides!  Meanwhile, know that I will never forget our trip to Grindleford and Hathersage, and, if the fates allow, would love to return someday.

 With love and every good wish,

 Sally Padley (August 2011)


Hi Sally!

I have been meaning to email you ever since we got back, but one thing or another seems to keep me from it.....  In any event, I just wanted to say again what a wonderful day we had with you.  We all decided that our day in Derbyshire was the best day we had in England, and it was due to you and the wonderful people that you introduced us to and the fantastic day that you planned for us.  We just can't thank you enough - it was spectacular!  We feel as if we went home just a bit and will forever carry with us a little bit of the beautiful Peak District.

With warmest regards -

Susan Davis August 2011 


Dear Sally

Thanks for making our Chocolate Walk so special today.  The weather was glorious as were the views.  Your snippets made the walk very interesting. Thanks also for being so kind to our more elderly members.

The chocolate factory was pure heaven.

Hope to see you again soon


Darley Dale WI

Lorraine McGlone (Secretary) August 2011

Good morning Sally 

On behalf of the South East Staffordshire Association of National Trust members I would like to thank you and Louis for the lovely walk along the river and around Bakewell yesterday   I am so glad the weather was fine.

 Many thanks again.

 Diana Reece

Secretary July 2011

Hi Sally

I just wanted to say a big thank you for a superb day yesterday at Ecton Mine, despite the nasty weather. 

Everything about the day was brilliant, Bob made the mine tour really interesting and informative, your little snippets about all the local focal points are always good and your lunch was delicious (the soup just right for the rainy day we had). 

We also got home in time for Stu to watch his F1, which was also rained off for two hours. 

Thanks again and hope to see you again soon.

 Jackie June 2011


Hi Sally just a note thanking you for the walk you arranged for us during our weekend break we all enjoyed it and it was a pleasure to meet you and as we all loved the area so much I don’t think it will be long before were up that way again. 

Regards   DAVE GREEN   June 2011



On our way home from Bretton today we went via the bridge in Lathkill Dale we were so disappointed we looked over the wall and the pudding fairy had not been,So it looks like I will have to stop believing in them.Thats fairies not puddings.

We hope you enjoyed our company as much as we enjoyed yours.What a lucky lady to have all that beauty on your doorstep and of course the privilege of meeting people like us.(reach for the sick bag)

Sally thanks so much for a lovely day.Our B&B at Bretton was very posh but they let us stay the night any way.We had a nice meal at the Barrel.

Called at the butchers at Stoney Middleton for a pork pie without the mud after a walk Great Hucklow-Grindon-Foolow circular.

Take care Duck hope to see you again soon.

PS dont forget the recipe Tinkerbelle  x May 2011 


Hi Sally,  

Just wanted to say a big 'thank you' for a really lovely walk last Sunday, me and Nigel both really enjoyed it and what a change it made for us not to be busy D I Y ing and gardening etc!  You're a born natural for this work, I hope it continues to be a success for you.  Who needs an office job when you can do this??!!   It's a credit to you that some people are coming such distances to join your walks,  your enthusiasm and knowledge shine through and you immediately put everyone at ease.   Well done.   I/we would love to join you again sometime if we can manage it, so I'll be keeping an eye on your newsletters.


'Bye for now. Have a lovely Easter/Royal Wedding/Bank Hols


Gill x April 2011



A Magical Day in the Peak District

Sally, our wonderful Peak District guide, yet again pulled out all the stops to make sure the Christmas Walk in the Longnor area was a magical success on Saturday.

As well as enjoying a six mile walk around the surrounding area, over lunch at the village pub, the Cheshire Cheese, everyone was treated to a magic show by landlord Chris. The entertainment didn’t stop there as there was also a live folk band playing in the pub and there was a Christmas Market in the village.

Sally even put her best baking foot forward on Friday evening and produced some homemade mince-pies for everyone to enjoy, complete with a little MM dusting.

One guest commented on the day, “Yet again Sally provided us with a very enjoyable and informative walk in the Peak District on Saturday.  She really is an excellent guide and I am really looking forward to her ‘chocolate walk’ in March.  I am so pleased it didn’t get cancelled due to the weather as it was a great day out”.

We love Sally, as she always looks after our members brilliantly and she’s establishing a real following now. So, if you’re ever tempted by one of her walks, then I’d suggest booking quickly to make sure you get a place.

Take care

Just wanted to drop you a note to say a massive thanks for all your hard work and efforts on Saturday. We had a super time and the lunch was incredible.

Many thanks again and if we are ever in the peak district again we will be sure to look you up


Just wanted to thank you for a perfect day yesterday, it surpassed my expectations completely with the beautiful scenery, your snippets of information & interesting stories and of course a wonderful picnic - the only regret was not having room to eat more!

People were still talking about what a great experience it was this morning - I will certainly be recommending you to others & have left your contact details at the house for other parties - hope that's ok.

Hi Sally,
just a quick note to say 'thanks very much' for a really enjoyable walk on Saturday (28th April) over the High Peak trail. Thanks too to your sister Jackie for a really divine picnic full of home made goodies! Good luck x


" Hi, I'd just like to say I have taken advantage of Sally's undisputable knowledge of the Peak District - an area she clearly loves - several times now. Each time I have nothing but praise for her. If you want to see the Peak District, I believe being guided by Sally is the only way to do it! Thank you! "  Katie

Harpur Hill Women's Institute
(Sept 2010)

Dear Sally,
On behalf of the members of the above WI. Thank you again for giving up your time to be our speaker last Tuesday.
What passion you have for all things rural - and that point comes over in your wonderful presentation of your journeys through our wonderful area.
Mary C Morten (Programme Secretary)

Dear Sally
Everybody told me how much they had enjoyed being with you, not just for the wonderful scenery of the Peak National Park, but also for your local titbits of gossip and information!    
We had an excellent snack lunch at the Lathkil Hotel looking out over the lovely countryside, and the staff at the hotel were really kind and helpful.   What a spread they had on the table when we went in!     No wonder they're popular if this is what they put on every day for visitors in the walking season.    I was quite sorry not to be able to tuck in but we were getting a three-course dinner that evening at Shrigley Hall so I had to rein myself back!
Anyway, my sincere thanks once again, Sally, for helping to make our week so enjoyable, and I wish you luck for the coming season with lots of clients and long days of sunshine!
Best regards
SGU3A Travel Group Leader - Holidays


The result of the vote for the whole day was a maximum score for you -  well done and many thanks.

The hotel was very good value - service and the food could not have been any better.

Really good to meet up with you again and happy that you both made and enjoyed sharing in what turned out to be a special day for the lads. Think that we also left the southerners with a grand Chatsworth memory. They left Bakewell with puddings and the odd ache but that's what it's all about.

Dennis – HSBC Insurance Brokers

Hi, I'd just like to say I have taken advantage of Sally's undisputable knowledge of the Peak District - an area she clearly loves - several times now. Each time I have nothing but praise for her.

If you want to see the Peak District, I believe being guided by Sally is the only way to do it!

Thank you.
Katie p.s.The picnic's are pretty amazing too!

Terrific walk Sally, it was a lovely varied route you had chosen for us. Just right for such a warm day. I thoroughly enjoyed the event so much so I have already booked up for the next one. Big thumbs up and thank you.

Anne Marie

I loved our group walk 21 July so much! I'm hoping to take another walk soon! You were so nice, funny and knowlegdable about the area. A big thanks to 'sis' for the divine picnic. Good luck with your walks Sally

Dear Sally and Alfie,
Absolutelly ''LOVED'' the walk, you're such a wanderful lady, we couln't have had better guides (you and Alfie). It will be a birthday well remembered. Thank you again.
With love & joy,

PS the horse bit is still making me laugh


Dear Alfie,

I'm usually quite scared of dogs would you believe, you are such a friendly dog I forgot about it straight away. Thank you for helping me up the steps when I felt tired. You were such a great addition to the walk, we all enjoyed playing with you.
Alfie and Sally make a great team Sally the enthusiast and Alfie the motivator.

Truly fab Thank you
love Paola

Dear Sally,
Thank you thank you thank you.
Not only was our walk fascinating and fun, we all noticed how much heart and soul went into creating such a personal touch.

Your loving nature and sense of humour made everything so special.
You are such a bundle of energy that walking with you made it really easy and kept us focused.

I would heartily recommend you and look forward to joining you again soon. love Paola

Hi Sally,
On behalf of myself and my two friends Ian and Frank, a short note to thank you for a great Peak Advertiser walk on Sunday. Please pass on our thanks to Jackie, Richard and Sophie for the fantastic food.
See you soon, Mel Clarke (Peak Advertiser)

Very well done! The rest of the world can now share what Peak Advertiser readers (and writers!) have been enjoying all these years.

Wishing you and Alfie every success. Julie Bunting

A fantastic day out, all 6 of us could not stop talking about the day. More to the point Sally is such a wonderful lady even though it was raining and muddy Sally made everything seem easy and pleasurable. We will all remember our time and and im sure we will visit the peak district more often. Thanks again sally. Kal

Had a great day on Sunday Sal, you made the walk very informative and enjoyable, the company was great, and the piece de resistance - the food 'what a treat', pass our thanks on to Jackie, Richard and Sophie.
Wishing you lots of success. xx Ricky, Bob and Tom

Hi Sally,

Thank you again for a wonderful, fun, informative and good-spirited day out. Nathalie and I thoroughly enjoyed the walk and your fine company and leadership. We will certainly be singing your praises and do hope to see you again someday.

You'll also be pleased to know that we caught the bus and made all of our connections (in Stockport with seconds to spare!) and are already approaching London Euston, having just departed from Stoke-on-Trent. We are grateful for your having extended the kind offer of a ride just in case, which put us at ease. It is but one reason among many that you are special. (I'm sure the chick you saved on the way back to Bakewell would agree!)

All the best to you and yours.

From two very happy hikers,
Daniel and Nathalie  May 2011

Thanks Sally for a wonderful day on Saturday, both myself and Sheila enjoyed it immensely.  My husband was talked to death about it on my return.


Hope to do more soon.

 Best wishes


May 2011


Dear Sally
Home again, with many happy memories of Bakewell, Chatsworth and of course Over Haddon and Lathkill!  Thank you so much for giving us such an interesting time on Friday morning, and providing us with a walk that was so well-suited to our pace.  You were an excellent guide and we enjoyed your company very much.
As so often happens, having never heard of the White and Dark Peak, or well-dressing, there is an article in the paper today mentioning both of these features that you told us about!
I'm sure our next visit to the Peak District will not be too far away, and we will contact you again please!
Best wishes
John and Sue Bruce-Ball


Hi Sally. Thanks again for two very enjoyable & informative walks including the fab picnic (highly recommended). I did manage to find my way to the Goyt Valley and had a lovely walk. I was the only car in the Pym Chair car park to start off with and only met 6 or 7 people during 3 hours of walking even though it was a sunny day. Thanks for the recommendation. Take care Graham


Dear Sally and Alfie,
Many thanks for the introduction to the other side of the Peak. The walk was fantastic and Sally's local knowledge amazingly detailed. We really enjoyed the experience, especially the well deserved scones and bakewell pudding!
Thanks again Tom and Fiona



thank you so much for the guided walk last week, we really enjoyed the fresh air of derbyshire and to hear all of the interesting points you raised along the way. See you soon for another ramble and maybe picnic next month. Love to alfie! xx SUE AND BOB


We would say don't hesitate to go on a walk with Sally, she took us to lathkill dale and along the manifold. We have seen so much more than if we went by ourselves, Sallys local knowledge and snipits of info meant we could go places we wouldn't have tried by ourselves. We had a great time and we're coming back again next year.
All the best Sally look forward to walking with you again!
Steve & Briony & Fudge

Dear Sally,
i've only just remembered about your website and have just had a look at it, it's brilliant. i'll certainly be joining one of your walks late April (i can't before as i'll be in France).
i also wanted to say thanks again for that great day on Saturday. i enjoyed everything, the great views, your invaluable knowledge of the area, the delicious buffet (i can't believe how welcome we felt thanks to you and your family especially your granddaughter!)...
i'd recommend going with you to anyone, it's an experience to cherish a lifetime!
bassma, a fan;)

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