Personal Information


Neil Coates


37 Lyme Street; Heaton Mersey








0161 442 3348

Email Address

Specialist Activities

outdoor writer

Specialist Areas

Cheshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Wales and Marches, northern England; northern National Parks and AONB’s; Algarve walking. Pubs; canals and inland waterways; heritage and landscape interpretation; industrial archaeology.

Professional Details

Short Biography

Lancashire-born and Welsh-Marches-raised, I’m a geography graduate specialising in guidebooks, magazine and newspaper articles, interpretive booklets and leaflets in the countryside, heritage and travel sectors for a wide range of clients. I’m also widely experienced in desk, field and photo research. In my past life I’ve seen professional employment in sustainable tourism, countryside access, heritage interpretation, local planning, public transport and industrial archaeology. Extensively travelled in the Azores, Europe, USA, SE Asia and Australia, I’ve an undying fascination for pubs, canals and discovering new horizons.

Professional Activities

Consultant with Simon Holt Marketing Services, Wilmslow, Cheshire ( Walking books and leaflets; heritage and interpretation booklets, displays and panels; visitor and tourism guides; regional and local recreational footpath routes development and marketing; motor touring books. Regular contributor to BBC Countryfile magazine, occasional writer for The Times Travel supplement (UK and overseas destinations), Ramblers’ “Walk” magazine, Country Walking, pub guides. Agency researcher and copywriter in the leisure and outdoor sectors.

Recent Publications

Jarrold Short Walks Cheshire & Gritstone Edge (2003); Herefordshire & the Wye Valley (2005). Crimson/OS Pathfinder Guide series contributor, including Shropshire & Staffordshire (2012) and South Pennines (2010). AA Family Walks & Cycle Rides – Peak District (2005). AA Leisure Guides – Peak District (2007-10); Wales (2010). Major contributor to AA Room at The Inn: Which? Pub Guide: Les Routiers Pubs & Inns Guide: Sawday’s Pubs & Inns; AA Pub Guide (2010-12) and The Times Pubs of the Year feature & book. Sigma Press Best Pub Walks series – Lake District (2 vols), Lancashire, Forest of Dean, G. Manchester.

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