Writer and photographer since 1984, specialising in the outdoors, the countryside, walking and travel mainly in the UK and France, but with more than a passing interest in Madeira and the Azores; author or revision author of 100+ books including award-winning guides to the Coast to Coast Walk and the Shropshire Way, and guides to the Pennine Way, the Dales Way, the Severn Way and the West Highland Way.
Specialist interest in France (all regions), Portugal (Madeira and the Azores), the UK (Cumbria and the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, Lancashire, the Peak District, the Scottish Islands (especially the Isle of Skye and the Isle of Mull) and the Isle of Man.
Former Director/Organiser of the Isle of Man Walking Festival, and the Madeira Islands Walking Festival.
Principal writer and revision author for Michelin Green Guides to France: the Auvergne, the French Alps, the Chateaux of the Loire, Paris and Northern France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Normandy, Brittany, the Dordogne, and the Green Guides to Britain, and Scotland.
MA in Lake District Studies (with Distinction) (Sand Pilots: The History of the Guides to Morecambe Bay Sands, 1501-2008); PhD in Historical Geography (Rooms with a View: The Development of Tourist Accommodation in the Lake District, 1770-1914).
Proprietor and author of Love French Food (www.lovefrenchfood.com).
100 Outstanding British Walks (Crimson/OS, 2018); Great Mountain Days in the Pennines (Cicerone, 2013); Snowdonia Pathfinder Guide (Crimson, 2013); Geocaching in the UK (Cicerone, 2011); Great Mountain Days in Snowdonia (Cicerone, 2010); The Lake District Pathfinder Guides – 4 volumes (Crimson Publishing, 2010); Walking on the West Pennine Moors (Cicerone, 2009); The Azores Globetrotter Guide (New Holland, 2008); The Forest of Bowland: A Walker’s Guide (Cicerone, 2008); The Great Britain Guide (AA Publishing, 2007); Madeira: Globetrotter Island Guide (New Holland, 2007); The Colors of Australia (AA Publishing, 2006); The AA Book of Walks and Rides: Northwest England (2005); Discover the Lakeland Dales (Halsgrove, 2004); A Walker’s Guide to the Isle of Man (Cicerone, 2004); The Magic of the Scottish Islands (David and Charles, 2002 and 2008), plus nine ‘Short Walks’ guides for Jarrold Publishing; The Official Guide to the Lake District National Park (David and Charles, 2002).
2013: PhD in Historical Geography (University of Lancaster)
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walking; travel; food and wine; geocaching.
England (Chilterns AONB; Cumbria; Lake District; Peak District; Lancashire; Oxfordshire; Yorkshire Dales); Scotland (especially the islands); Wales; France (all regions); Madeira; the Azores; countryside