The Simonside Hills. (Mountain – 1976). Rock climbing on the crags above Rothbury.  (Read)

Birds of the Farne Islands. (Sherkin Comment – 2005). The bird life of the islands off the coast of Northumberland. (Read)

A Cold, Clear Day on Grey Nag. (The Northumbrian – 2005) Winner of the Outdoor Writers’ Guild Award for Excellence – 2006. Judges’ comments: “A winter walk to a little known Northumbrian viewpoint. Very nicely observed and tempting the reader to follow.” (Read)

Still Crazy After All These Years. (The Northumbrian – 2011). Searching for the remains of 18th century illegal whisky stills in the Upper Coquet Valley. (Read)

Ramble with Rob Roy. Upper Coquetdale, Northumberland. (BBC Countryfile  – 2017) A walk in the wild Cheviot Hills. (Link)


 Bleak Birthplace of the Tees. (Durham Town and Country – 2002). The National Nature Reserve of Moorhouse-Upper Teasdale. One of a series of articles commissioned by English Nature. (Read)

Rookhope – In the Footsteps of W. H. Auden. (North-East Life – 2011). A search for some of the North Pennines industrial sites that inspired the poet. (Read)

Langdon Beck – Dance of the Black Grouse. (BBC Countryfile – 2018). A walk in search of the birds in wild Upper Teesdale. (Link)

Lake District.

 High on an Eskdale Crag. (Cumbria – 1981). The first ascent of a rock climb on a crag on the south-east slopes of Scafell. (Read)

Ruthwaite Lodge in the 1960s. (Now and Then – 1989). Reminiscences of a life-changing week. (Read)

 Sunset on the Fells. (Cumbria – 1998). A challenge which led to a rapid evening ascent of Helvellyn and an almost transcendental experience. (Read)

Cave of Plunders. (BBC Countryfile – 2016) A walk to Fleswick Bay, a smugglers’ hideout on the Cumbrian coast. (Link

East Anglia.

Wildlife of the Suffolk Coast. (Buckettripper.com – 2014; Sherkin Comment – 2015) The nature reserves of Dunwich Heath and Minsmere. (Read)

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