About walk​peak​district​.com

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Tell me more…

walkpeakdistrict.com focuses on short walks in the Peak District (from one to five miles), presented with detailed photos overlaid with route arrows, clear written directions, and easy-to-read maps.

Particular attention is paid to letting you know about other facilities that are available (for example, cafes and public toilets), public transport to the start of walks, and whether a route (or part of a route) is suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.

Combine this with a clean, uncluttered design that works well with mobile devices (such as smart phones and tablets), and you've got a practical resource for the thousands of visitors that flock to the Peak District annually.

Coming up…

There's no fixed timetable for updates and improvements to the site, but you can expect to see the following items completed over the next few months:

  • More walks! Next up are “Corbar Hill”, and “Burbage Edge”
  • Improved printing from the walks pages
  • Better usability on smart phones and tablets
  • Live weather information
  • Site search
  • “Follow” links for popular social media sites

Built with…

A web site like this would be much harder to create and maintain without a whole slew of useful tools, frameworks, and services. These are all used by walkpeakdistrict.com:

  • Jekyll — generates static pages for lightning-fast loading, without server-side database queries
  • Bootstrap — front-end framework that makes it easy to create responsive content, suitable for mobile, tablet, and desktop
  • Liquid — templating engine built into Jekyll; used to define page layouts with simple logic that can parse YAML
  • YAML — human-readable language for defining structured data
  • Isotope — jQuery plugin for animated sorting and layout
  • Swipebox — jQuery plugin for touchable lightbox; suitable for desktop, mobile and tablet.
  • Grunt — task runner; used to automatically build the web site while taking care of important but repetitive tasks such as CSS auto-prefixing
  • Git — distributed version control system (DVCS); used to source control all assets
  • Bitbucket — used with Git for source control in the cloud
  • Amazon S3 — cloud storage service that can serve static web sites
  • Amazon Route 53 — cloud DNS routing