I was born and grew up within the older county boundaries of Northumberland, now annexed as Tyne and Wear. I spent some time in London before returning to the county in 1996.
I began walking in North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders with family and friends just before the foot and mouth epidemic in 2000. This period gave me an affecting insight into the fragility of the farming economy and the importance of respecting the countryside. These walks led to my joining a walking group on the Scottish / English border, which gave me the opportunity to explore the Cheviot Hills and the borders further. My Northumberland and Tyneside day hike routes are available to download on Outdooractive.
My first Northumberland distance walk was Hadrian’s wall followed by the St Cuthbert’s Way which crosses into Northumberland near Kirk Yetholm, the Pennine Way which passes through Northumberland, the Berwickshire Coastal Path which starts at Berwick, and the first part of the Northumberland Coast Path.
I started recording my walks on video in 2012 to share with others. Below is a link to my Northumberland playlist. I have included a few walks which cross over onto both sides of the border which I have put into both Scottish and Northumberland playlists.
Northumberland walks Playlist
I have also created a Tyneside walks playlist which can all be done using public transport.
Tyneside walks Playlist