I spent fifteen years at the chalk face as a teacher - then bounded free! I've got around 40 books to my name, and have written about travel for all the major newspapers. Now I'm the rather grandly named 'Walking Correspondent of The Times', and when I'm not writing books I'm zipping from corner to corner of these beautiful and endlessly fascinating British Isles, collecting walks for my weekly column, 'A Good Walk', in the Saturday Times's Weekend section. Obviously I love my job! I also really love nature, landscape, words and language, conversations with dogs, drinking beer (proper stuff, not that fizzy cold muck), chatting, laughing, listening, writing poetry, writing doggerel, singing in a cranky voice, playing the guitar and harmonica, trying to play the melodeon, and sometimes playing the fool. I've got two books about to be published. First, in October, 'The Times Britain's Best Walks' (Harper Collins) - a thumping great illustrated book of 200 of the best walks from my Times 'A Good Walk' column. Second, in January 2017, 'The January Man' (Doubleday), the very personal story of a circle of walks round the UK that I did month-by-month in 2015, during which the presence of my late Dad, a great walker, seemed always at my side.Read more Read less
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