This is the most comprehensive guide to the far north of England in print. It encourages visitors to slow down and explore the green lanes, footpaths, rivers and cycle trails that link Northumberland's ‘Castle Coast' with the heather-topped hills, Roman fortresses and villages of the interior. A guide to Newcastle is found in the chapter on Tyne & Wear. Local knowledge of historic towns, heritage sites, wildlife-watching spots and countryside walks, and words and tips from local heritage experts make this an authoritative guide – and as much an entertaining armchair read as a practical guide.
Gemma Hall (www.gemmahall.co.uk) is a freelance travel, nature and outdoors writer from northeast England who began her career in journalism writing for BBC Wildlife magazine for which she's still a regular contributor. She also works for many other outdoor and heritage titles and, alongside writing and her professional photography work, she co-ordinates conservation projects in the UK and abroad. Her family live in Newcastle and Northumberland and she has extensively explored the coasts and hills of Northumberland and Durham on many sailing, cycling, birdwatching and camping trips. A keen walker, she's hiked many long-distance trails including Hadrian's Wall Way, St Cuthbert's Way and the Northumberland and Durham coast paths. Gemma has worked for the RSPB, National Trust and British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.