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Tops of the North, vol I

Graham Wilson, illustrated by Gerry Dale

Don't mothball those walking boots yet. In Tops of the North Graham Wilson takes you on his 1100km circular walk based on the county tops (old and new) of northern England. In this, the first of two volumes, he tackles the western reaches, starting at Three Shire Head (where Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire meet) and finishing at Carlisle. His high-level route takes in (among others) Kinder Scout, Black Hill, Pendle Hill, Arnside Knot and the Old Man of Coniston, culminating in a continuous traverse of the Lakes Threethousanders. In between, he travels across the South Lancs moors, the Forest of Bowland, Leighton Moss nature reserve, Morecambe Bay, Arthur Ransome country and a variety of national parks. Encounters (brief or otherwise) include Pendle witches, Rossendale bonesetters, Lakeland smugglers, a Victorian pepperpot, and much more—plus, of course, the odd inn or two.

Here is a corker for all of you who like your walking and mountain books a little on the eccentric side! … It is an interesting route. But, this is no guide book. With a pile of OS maps you can easily recreate the route, and there is a fair amount of route finding information here. But this is more a book of experience, a new telling of the history of the hills and a lot more besides. It is a very funny book as well as being incredibly informative. Many of your favourite north England routes will never quite seem the same again.

Andy Howell, the Outdoors Station

This is a book of the North, its people and places, but most of all the moors and fells and the sound of the curlew calling. Enjoy the experience—even if you never get out of your armchair and on to Wilson’s Way.

Click here for Volume II of Tops of the North.

170x120mm, xviii + 184 pp
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978 1 902173 306