Professional Details

Short Biography

Paddy Dillon is a keen and dedicated walker with a great knowledge of walking opportunities throughout the British Isles, as well as around Europe and further afield.

Paddy is author and illustrator of nearly 100 guidebooks, mostly published by Cicerone Press, covering all parts of the British Isles and selected parts of Europe. He has contributed words and pictures to more than 40 other titles, and has written and illustrated more than a dozen tourism brochures and booklets.

Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker, keen hill-walker, dedicated island-hopper and travels world-wide. He has delivered lectures and has appeared on radio and TV.

Paddy is currently updating many of his earlier guidebooks at a rate of one per month. Some of these become reprints with small changes, but many become whole new editions if the number of changes are significant.

Britain – has walked in every single county
Lake District – has climbed every summit and much more besides
Northern England – especially Pennines and North York Moors
Southern Scotland – especially Galloway and Arran
South West England – Cornwall Dartmoor Exmoor and SWCP
Wales Coast Path – all of it, including many off-islands
The National Trails – walked all of them – two, three or four times!
Ireland – walked in every county and climbed every mountain
Corsica and the GR20 – two full traverses and all variant routes and links
Italy – especially Tuscany and Sardinia
French Alps and the GR5 – walked both ways in a single trip
Malta Gozo and Comino – everywhere around the islands
Madeira and Porto Santo – everywhere around the islands
Mallorca – all parts of the island and the long-distance GR221
Menorca – all parts of the island and the GR223 Cami de Cavalls
Spain – especially Andalucia and the Camino de Santiago
Canary Islands – all seven islands, plus the island-hopping GR131
Mountains of Colorado – has climbed several of the 14ers
Selected European Trails – TMB etc
Greenland – The Arctic Circle Trail
Iceland – all areas and the major trekking routes
Azores – has explored all nine islands and walking trails

Professional Activities

Paddy is a full-time outdoor writer and photographer specialising in walking guidebooks and magazine articles. He has also led walks, and he occasionally delivers talks and illustrated lectures throughout Britain.

Paddy has guided walking groups in areas as diverse as: Nepal, Tibet, Canadian Rockies, Holland, Tuscany, Sierra Nevada, Hungary, Madeira, Loire Valley, Black Forest, Cumbria Way and the English Lake District.

Paddy not only keeps his own guidebooks up to date, but also helps to update guidebooks produced by other writers. He has contributed to outdoor magazines, as well as compiling booklets and brochures.

Paddy always has a couple of guidebooks moving through the publication process, and is always preparing a couple more guidebooks for delivery.

Recent Publications

Trekking in the Canary Islands
Walking on the Azores
GR20 Corsica
Wales Coast Path
Walking in Menorca
South West Coast Path
Trekking in Greenland
Walking and Trekking in Iceland
Walking in Malta
Walking on Tenerife
Walking on La Gomera & El Hierro
Walking on La Palma
Walking on Gran Canaria
Walking on Lanzarote & Fuerteventura
Walking on Jersey
Walking on Guernsey
The Pennine Way
Trekking in Mallorca – GR 221
Walking in Madeira
Walking in the Isles of Scilly
The GR5 Trail – French Alps


Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award
John Muir Award

Personal Information


Paddy Dillon


64 Soutergate






LA12 7ES


01229 586902

Email Address


Specialist Activities

Outdoor writer and photographer

Specialist Areas

England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Many parts of Europe, from the Canary Islands and the Azores, through the Mediterranean and Alps, to Iceland and Greenland. Long-distance walking, National Trails, island-hopping – in fact as much variety as his readers expect!

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