For 14 years I have written a Walk of the Month for the Independent on Sunday, during which I have taken my boots to every corner of the UK, from west Cornwall to north-east Scotland, via the strange post-nuclear testing landscape of Orford Ness in Essex, the geographical centre of the UK in the Forest of Bowland, and most of our outer islands, from the Isles of Scilly, to Orkney, the Isle of Wight, the Isle of Man and the Outer Hebrides. Here’s a few of my favourites from these wanderings:
A hike up a superb hill in Northumbria.
A hike that reveals there’s more to the Isle of Wight than buckets and spades.
A lovely South Devon hike along one of the UK’s many River Avons.
And a hike along my favourite dale, Swaledale.
I have also been a long-standing contributor to Walk, the magazine of the Ramblers, writing in-depth features on HS2 or the forest sell-off bunfight. More recently I wrote this piece about walking in Flanders fields, and have described walks around much-loved parts of the UK for Walk, such as this feature on Ullswater.
I’ve also written walks for the National Trust’s Great British Walk. My favourite stint was a series of ‘secret walks’ taken in undiscovered or unheralded places to visit within the NT’s estates, such as Stowe’s secret garden.
And here’s a thrilling walk to a Northumbrian coastal castle.