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Tops of the North
Vol I Three Shire Head to Carlisle
- ISBN: 9781902173269184 pages
- Graham Wilson
- Publication date
- 24th Apr '14
Don't mothball those walking boots yet. In Tops of the North Graham Wilson takes you on his 1,100-kilometre circular walk based on the county tops (old and new) of northern England. In this, the first of two volumes, he tackles the western reaches, starting at Three Shire Head (where Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire meet) and finishing at Carlisle. His high-level route takes in (among others) Kinder Scout, Black Hill, Pendle Hill, Arnside Knot and the Old Man of Coniston, culminating in a continuous traverse of the Lakes Threethousanders. In between, he travels across the South Lancs moors, the Forest of Bowland, Leighton Moss nature reserve, Morecambe Bay, Arthur Ransome country and a variety of national parks. Encounters (brief or otherwise) include Pendle witches, Rossendale bonesetters, Lakeland smugglers, a Victorian pepperpot, and much more – plus, of course, the odd inn or two.
This is a book of the North, its people and places, but most of all the moors and fells and the sound of the curlew calling. Enjoy the experience – even if you never get out of your armchair and on to Wilson’s Way.
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
- Subtitle: Vol I Three Shire Head to Carlisle
- Author: Graham Wilson
- Imprint: Millrace Outdoor
- ISBN: 9781902173269
- Publication date: 2008
- Format: Hardback
- Size: 170mm x 120mm
- Extent: 184pp, B&W text and illustrations
- Weight: 320g
- Retail price: £10
'Here is a corker for all of you who like your walking and mountain books a little on the eccentric side! … It is an interesting route. But, this is no guide book. With a pile of OS maps you can easily recreate the route, and there is a fair amount of route finding information here. But this is more a book of experience, a new telling of the history of the hills and a lot more besides. It is a very funny book as well as being incredibly informative. Many of your favourite north England routes will never quite seem the same again.'
Andy Howell, the Outdoors Station