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Tops of the North II

Vol II Carlisle and the Cheviot to the Cat & Fiddle

Hardback (184pp)
  • Hardback £14.95
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This is the second and final part of Tops of the North, Graham Wilson’s account of his 1,100-kilometre walk linking County Tops (old and new) of northern England. In Volume I he explored the western reaches, from Three Shire Head to Carlisle; now, in Volume II, he finishes his circuit. From Carlisle to The Cheviot and the Northumberland coast, the Durham moors to the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District, this entertainingly roundabout route finally returns to the moorland near Buxton where it began.

The diverse tour takes in Hadrian’s Wall and Northumbrian castles, saintly Ways and long distance footpaths. In passing, Wilson discusses knitting miners and the Geordie language, Ted Hughes and the Venerable Bede, bogs, plagues and George I – and much more.

Graham Wilson's climbing career began on the crags of the North East in the 1950s but it was not until he retired as Head of English at the King's School in Macclesfield that he started to write about his long acquaintance with the British hills. Since then, he has had seven 'outdoor' books published, as well as a collection of short stories, a study of Shakespeare and an appraisal of English rugby. His book A Rope of Writers was short-listed for the Boardman Tasker Prize.

He is an ardent Sunderland supporter and was also for many years an English Schools rugby selector. He has live in Macclesfield with his wife Trisha for over 40 years.

  • Title: Tops of the North
  • Sub-title: Vol II Carlisle and the Cheviot to the Cat & Fiddle
  • Author: Graham Wilson
  • Imprint: Millrace Outdoor
  • ISBN: 9781902173306
  • Rights:
  • Publication date: 2009
  • Edition: First
    • Title: Chris Bonington Mountaineer
    • Sub-title: Thirty Years of Climbing on the World's Great Peaks
    • Author: Chris Bonington
    • Imprint: Bâton Wicks
    • ISBN: 978-1-898573-87-6
    • Rights: Worldwide (exc. North America)
    • Publication date: June 1995. This edition, Oct 1996.
    • Edition: Second
    • Format: Paperback
    • Size: 350mm x 235mm
    • Extent: 192 pages; B&W and colour images
    • Weight: 1,070g
    • Retail price: £20
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  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 170mm x 120mm
  • Extent: 184pp, B&W text
  • Weight: 320g
  • Retail price: £14.95

'If you like sifting through a landscape’s history and enjoy an individual sense of humour, this book should be on your hit list. This volume can be appreciated alone, but for completeness I’d couple it with volume 1, which follows a similarly insightful and entertaining style.'
Ian Battersby, TGO, May 2010


'This book from the splendid Millrace stable sees Graham Wilson complete his 1,100-kilometre quest to conquer the county summits of northern England. … He fills his journey with fascinating facts and figures.'
Country Walking
, Feb 2010

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