Personal Information


Anthony Toole


65 Cheswick Drive




Newcastle upon Tyne




0191 2843410

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Specialist Activities

outdoor writer

Specialist Areas

Lake District; Ireland; Northumberland; Durham; Scottish Highlands; Norway; Australia; travel; climbing; scrambling; hillwalking.

Professional Details

Short Biography

Regular contributor to Irish Mountain Log, The Northumbrian, Durham Town and Country, Sherkin Comment, BBC Countryfile. Also published in Climber, TGO, Cumbria, The Countryman, North-East Life, High, Global Adventure, Ireland of the Welcomes, New Scientist, Morning Calm, Times Educational Supplement and Financial Times. Essay published in Classic Rock (Baton Wicks).

Professional Activities

Born and brought up in the Lake District, where he has walked and climbed throughout his life, Anthony was educated as a scientist and taught chemistry for 34 years. His magazine and newspaper articles are mostly about science or travel, though he also writes about wider issues of nature and conservation. Many of his travel articles deal with mountaineering themes, including walking and rock climbing. He writes book reviews and has also published several short stories and one novella with mountaineering backgrounds.

Recent Publications

Contributor: 50 Walks in Durham and Northumberland (AA Publishing, 2003); Contributor: Call of the Wild (Rucksack Readers, 2005); Contributor: Walking the World’s Natural Wonders (New Holland, 2008); A Boot up The Northumberland Coast (Halsgrove, 2010); A Boot up the Durham Dales (Halsgrove, 2011); A Boot up the Northumberland National Park (Halsgrove, 2011); A Boot up Newcastle and Gateshead (Halsgrove, 2013)


OWG Award for Excellence (Feature) – Storm and Silence in the Twelve Bens – 2005; OWG Award for Excellence (Feature) – A Cold Clear Day on the Grey Nag – 2006; OWPG/Headwater Award for Excellence (Best Travel Feature) – Moonrise with Crocodiles – 2007

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