Author Archive: Patrick Norris
Patrick Norris is a writer and walking guide based in Northumberland. He and his wife Louise own and operate Footsteps in Northumberland, www.footsteps-in-northumberland.co.uk. He writes a regular walking column on www.thisisnorthumberland.com.
Autumn is a special time in Northumberland. The change of colours makes for a stunning sight, and there is plenty of wildlife to see, including geese, Arctic terns and ducks. On the Farne Islans, grey seals are giving birth to their pups and more than 2,000 will be born there in the coming months. Footsteps in Northumberland walking guide Patrick Norris shares the delights of this season.
Walking guide and writer Patrick Norris has been keen to explore the east coast path along the English-Scottish border for some time. He took some time out recently to enjoy this walk. In this article he describes the dramatic beaches, high cliffs and fantastic views he enjoyed as he trekked from Berwick to Eyemouth a few days ago.
Qualified walking guide Patrick Norris’s tackles the complex problem of choosing a rucksack and figuring out what to put in it in his latest column. Packing your back pack is not as straightforward as it may seem if you are walking in the uplands in Britain, where you can sometimes experience weather from all four seasons in one day!
Northumberland walking guide Patrick Norris continues his ‘Getting into walking’ series and talks about what to wear when you’re walking or hiking. He covers footwear, layering, trousers, socks, and waterproofs and gives sound advice for both the experienced and novice walker.
Peace Camp 2012 took place this weekend at coastal locations around the UK. The camp at Dunstanburgh, Northumberland, sat beneath the ancient castle ruins, and was a great success. We share with you some stunning and beautiful images taken by Louise Almond-Norris.
Northumberland walking guide Patrick Norris further explores walking for beginners in his latest column. By developing map reading and compass skills – skills that are much easier to develop than most people realise – you can start to do much more interesting walks and explore the beautiful wide open countryside.
Northumberland Walking guide Patrick Norris explores how to get into walking in his latest column for this is Northumberland. He gives an overview of the benefits of walking and some simple, easy-to-follow advice on the first steps to take – both literally and figuratively – as you begin a walking programme.
In his latest column, walking guide and writer Patrick Norris describes a recent walk into the remote, isolated and beautiful Ingram Valley, Northumberland. He touches on the ancient history of the place and looks at some of the old trading routes. Patrick also describes life today in the valley and a recent about a writes about the delights of spring in the Northumbrian Uplands.
Writer and walking guide Patrick Norris explores the origins of walking in the UK and looks at how it has become such an enormously successful pastime. He recounts the mass trespass on Kinder Scout, Derbyshire, in 1932. This is the first article in Patrick’s new column called A Walkers’s Guide.
A task force is set to examine why tourism days spent in the Scottish Borders fell by 4.5% in 2010 compared to the previous year. Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership says more than 5,000 people work in tourism in the borders, which has been experiencing a downward trend more recently.