A new edition of a popular Northumberland walks book has been published. And for the first time the book contains all photographs in full colour.
The popular book of walks by Northumberland writer Geoff Holland is called Walks from Wooler.
It was first published in 2008 by Darlington-based Trailguides Publications. The book contains eight detailed walking routes ranging between 6¼ miles and 9¾ miles long, together with 81 colour photographs, many of which appear in the book for the first time.
Geoff takes his inspiration from the 1926 book of the same title by W. Ford Robertson, and aims to set out to find out what impact the last 80 years or so have had on the walking routes described in the original book.
Along the way, he explores a bygone age where tackety boots and a stout stick were at the cutting edge of walking technology. Geoff recalls a time when the 9.25am north- bound train still steamed out of Wooler and when the `right to roam` the stunning and mystical hills of Northumberland was only a tiny pin prick of light at the end of a very long tunnel.
As the author makes his own tracks across the beautiful Cheviot Hills he light-heartedly makes comparisons between what now can be viewed as quite basic equipment carried by the 1920’s rambler with the high-tech and high-specification equipment available today. It could almost be said that today’s walker is more pampered and gadget conscious compared to hill walkers of that almost-forgotten time. It is a fascinating journey of discovery which has already been enjoyed by a host of readers.
Kev Shevels of Trailguides Publications said: “Over the past six years or more, Geoff has a acquired a reputation for devising new and interesting walks in the Cheviot Hills and his work has regularly appeared in various publications including national walking magazines including Country Walking magazine and The Great Outdoors magazine.
“As the book has been extremely popular since it was first published in 2008 we decided that we would take the opportunity to include a number of additional photographs and, at the same time, issue the revised edition in a full colour format. The book takes an unusual look at the world of hill walking and as such it will continue to appeal to a wide range of readers.”
The book is available online direct from the publishers at www.trailguides.co.uk and from all good bookshops.