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Freelance outdoor writer and photographer
All things to do with Cumbria and the Lake District; walking, particularly in northern England, Wales and Scotland; long-distance walking routes in the UK; motorhome travel in the UK and Europe; interpretation leaflets, panels and booklets.
Vivienne is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer, specialising in the outdoors. A journalist since 1990, she gave up her desk job as a newspaper sub-editor in 2001 to go travelling in Asia. On her return to the UK, she decided to focus on the activities she loves the most – hill-walking, writing, travelling and photography. Needless to say, she has never looked back! Now, as well as writing guidebooks, she is a regular contributor to several magazines and newspapers, and she does copywriting/interpretation work for tourism and conservation bodies.
Regular contributor to TGO (The Great Outdoors), Cumbria Life, Lakeland Walker, Cumbria, MMM and the magazine of the Camping and Caravanning Club. Writer of weekly outdoors columns in The Cumberland News, the Times & Star and The Whitehaven News. Travel and outdoor features also published in Countryfile, Walk (the Ramblers’ magazine), The Sydney Morning Herald, Scanorama (SAS’s inflight magazine), Country Walking, The Scotsman and several other titles. Interpretative leaflets, booklets, information panels and walking routes for tourism/conservation organisations, including Scottish Natural Heritage, Royal Geographical Society, Nurture Eden, North Pennines AONB, Eden Rivers Trust, East Cumbria Countryside Project and various local councils. Other clients in recent years have included the National Trust, the AA, Dorling Kindersley, Lake District Hotels and TripAdvisor.
Walking in Cumbria’s Eden Valley, second edition (Cicerone, 2018); Tea Shop Walks (Northern Eye Books, 2018); Walking in Northumberland (Cicerone, 2018) – winner in the Best Guidebook category, OWPG Awards for Excellence, 2018; Wales Coast Path Official Guide: Snowdonia & Ceredigion Coast (Northern Eye Books, 2017); Wales Coast Path Official Guide: Pembrokeshire (Northern Eye Books, 2015); Lake District High Level and Fell Walks (Cicerone, 2015); Lake District Low Level and Lake Walks (Cicerone, 2014); Lake District Woodland Walks (Northern Eye Books, 2013); Walks with History (Northern Eye Books, 2013); Settle to Carlisle Way (Rucksack Readers, 2012); Pub Walks (Northern Eye Books, 2012); Walks to Waterfalls (Northern Eye Books, 2012); Walks to Tarns (Northern Eye Books, 2011); Frommer’s Scotland, 12th edition (John Wiley & Sons, 2011), co-author with Lesley-Anne Rose and Michael Macaroon; Walking in Cumbria’s Eden Valley (Cicerone, 2011) – shortlisted for the Lakeland Book of the Year Awards 2012; Short Walks in the Lake District (Questa Publishing, 2011); Easy Rambles in the Langdale Valleys (Questa Publishing, 2011); Cadogan Britain: The Lake District (Cadogan – New Holland, 2010) – winner in the Best Guidebook category, OWPG Awards for Excellence, 2010; Easy Rambles Around Coniston and Hawkshead (Questa Publishing, 2010); Easy Rambles Around Patterdale and Ullswater (Questa Publishing, 2010); Easy Rambles Around Keswick and Borrowdale (Questa Publishing, 2008); Easy Rambles Around Grasmere and Borrowdale (Questa Publishing, 2008); major contributor to Crimson Publishing’s The Best of Britain: The Lake District (2008); Walk! The Lake District North (Discovery Walking Guides, 2006)
2018 – OWPG Awards for Excellence (Best Guidebook): Walking in Northumberland, published by Cicerone