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Walkers are Welcome

december 18, 2017 09:40pm

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Amongst several guidebook ideas I am currently developing one is to harmonise with the Walkers are Welcome network. I am firmly of the belief that the best form of promotion for walking in any area is to harness the energy and enthusiasm of local people. Britain-wide Walkers are Welcome is right at the forefront of this, encouraging locals and visitors to value the special qualities of their own treasured rural realms. During the coming year I will be researching, writing up and illustrating eighteen walks close to Alston Moor, Barnard Castle and Kirkby Stephen. Six walks at each place chosen by local people as representative of their setting, a combination of one mile strolls for pushchairs and where possible wheelchairs and circular walks of from 4 to 10 miles. If it works with this first trio of places then we will look to prepare further titles and grow the triple-town series as a dedicated WaW product - to be published by Inspired by Lakeland.


WALKING THE LAKELAND FELLS All the Fells - All the Routes

december 16, 2017 04:41pm


More than four years after my eight volume LAKELAND FELLRANGER series was completed - following many years devotional walking research and detailed graphic and writing record - change is about to come to my great CICERONE work. Plans are now in place to re-structure the series to make it far more intuiative and meet the needs of the inquisitive fell adventurer. Far more than a cosmetic name-change, the eight volumes will cover subtly different fell groups and be re-designed to fit the smaller standard Cicerone size. Orientated to the valley approaches, importantly the new guides will be more practical to use on the fell. Walkers come in all shapes and sizes of ability and ambition and the series needs to offer a bedrock of sound advice, notably for those new to the thrill of these wonderful high places.


The Ullswater Way

december 03, 2017 11:39pm

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Currently I am working on a guide for Inspire by Lakeland to the gorgeous 22-mile waymarked walk around this fabulous curvaceous lake. The guide will include a 6-mile round ramble from Pooley Bridge, via Dalemain and Dacre. It will be brimming with my linescape drawings and colourful mapping all aimed at clarity to give path pilgrims every excuse to come again and again to wander and cruise in this heavenly corner of Lakeland.

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