Walks in Wooler now in full colour

The revised third edition of a popular book of walks by local writer Geoff Holland has now been published with full-colour photographs for the first time.

First published in 2008 by Trailguides Publications, Walks from Wooler contains eight detailed walking routes ranging between six-and-a-quarter miles and nine-and-three-quarter miles in length along with 81 colour photographs, many of which appear in the book for the first time.

Taking as his inspiration the 1926 book of the same title by W Ford Robertson, the author sets out to find out what impact the last 80 years or so have had on the walking routes described in the original book and, along the way, he peeps into a world when tackety boots and a stout stick were at the cutting edge of walking technology.

He recalls a time when the 9.25am northbound train still steamed out of Wooler and when the ‘right to roam’ the hills of Northumberland was just a pin-prick of light at the end of a long, dark tunnel.

As the author makes his own tracks across the beautiful Cheviot Hills he light-heartedly compares the equipment carried by the 1920s rambler with the high-specification equipment now available to the more pampered, gadget-conscious 21st-century walker.

The book is available online direct from the publishers at www.trailguides.co.uk and from all good bookshops.