Born and brought up in the Lake District, where he has walked and climbed throughout his life, Anthony was educated as a scientist and taught chemistry for 34 years. He has walked and climbed extensively throughout Britain and Ireland. He is particularly knowledgeable about the hills of the Lake District, and has done first ascents of rock climbs on many of the crags. He has lived for many years in the north-east of England and spends a good deal of time exploring, and writing about the hills and wild places of Northumberland and Durham.
He has made two trips to the Jotunheimen mountains of Norway, and since 2000, has visited Australia four times, taking in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and Bangkok en route. He has also been to the Italian Dolomites, Spain, Gibraltar, the Canary Islands, the Faroe Islands, and Portugal including Madeira. He has published articles about all of these destinations.
Anthony has been invited onto several Press Trips, all of which have resulted in articles published in both online and print magazines.
His more than 600 magazine, newspaper and online articles are mostly about science or travel, though he also writes about wider issues of nature and conservation. He writes book reviews and has also published several short stories and one novella with mountaineering backgrounds.
He is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.
Regular contributor to Irish Mountain Log, The Northumbrian, Durham Town and Country, Sherkin Comment, BBC Countryfile. Also published in Climber, TGO, Cumbria, The Countryman, North-East Life, High, Global Adventure, Ireland of the Welcomes, New Scientist, Morning Calm, Times Educational Supplement and Financial Times. Essay published in Classic Rock (Baton Wicks).
Contributor: 50 Walks in Durham and Northumberland (AA Publishing, 2003); Contributor: Call of the Wild (Rucksack Readers, 2005); Contributor: Walking the World’s Natural Wonders (New Holland, 2008); A Boot up The Northumberland Coast (Halsgrove, 2010); A Boot up the Durham Dales (Halsgrove, 2011); A Boot up the Northumberland National Park (Halsgrove, 2011); A Boot up Newcastle and Gateshead (Halsgrove, 2013)
OWG Award for Excellence (Feature) – Storm and Silence in the Twelve Bens – 2005; OWG Award for Excellence (Feature) – A Cold Clear Day on the Grey Nag – 2006; OWPG/Headwater Award for Excellence (Best Travel Feature) – Moonrise with Crocodiles – 2007