Personal Information


Vivienne Crow


8 Northwood Crescent







Mobile Telephone Number

07779 772153

Email Address


Specialist Activities

Freelance writer and photographer

Specialist Areas

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; general worldwide travel; interpretation leaflets, panels and booklets.

Professional Details

Short Biography

Vivienne is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer, specialising in all things to do with 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.

Professional Activities

Regular contributor to Lakeland Walker, TGO (The Great Outdoors), Cumbria Life, Bay Living, Cumbria and Motorcaravan Motorhome Monthly magazines. 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 AA, Dorling Kindersley, the National Trust and TripAdvisor.

Recent Publications

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)


2013 – Winner of the ‘Outdoor Book of the Year’ award as voted for by readers of TGO magazine: Walks with History, published by Northern Eye Books
2013 – OWPG Awards for Excellence (Best Guidebook): Walks to Waterfalls, published by Northern Eye Books
2012 – OWPG Awards for Excellence (Best Outdoor Feature): First on the Scene
2012 – Shortlisted for the Lakeland Book of the Year Awards: Walking in Cumbria’s Eden Valley, published by Cicerone
2010 – OWPG Awards for Excellence (Best Guidebook): The Lake District, published by Cadogan
2010 – OWPG Awards for Excellence (Best Outdoor Feature): Special Report – Skiddaw House

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