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ISBN: 9780857100344
AUTHOR: Anthony Toole
A Boot up The Northumberland National Park
A Boot up The Northumberland National Park
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The Northumberland National Park begins near the Scottish Border and snakes southward to the earlier border marked by Hadrian’sWall. It passes through several geological zones, each with its own landforms, vegetation and scenery.There are the volcanic rocks of the Cheviot Hills in the north, the fell sandstones of the heather-clad central hills, the limestone of the carboniferous era and the dolerite of the GreatWhin Sill, the crags of which line the southern boundary.

Rocks are carved with secret graffiti of the Stone Age, the Bronze and Iron Ages left burial mounds and hill forts, Roman roads and forts extend far to the north of Hadrian’s Wall and castles recall five centuries of border conflict that followed the Norman Conquest.

Yet the legacy of this remarkable history is one of the most stunningly beautiful regions of Britain. Most of the walks, of between 2 and 8½ miles, are suitable for families and groups of friends, and follow public rights-of-way, across high, wild and lonely moorland, where the sky is wide and the loudest sounds are the hiss of wind, the babble of water and the distant calls of skylark, lapwing and curlew.

The ten walks are:

Great Hetha; The Cheviot; Dunmoor Hill and Linhope Spout; Chew Green and Brownhart Law; Copper Snout and Usway Burn; Harbottle and the Drakestone; Darden Lough; Troughend Common; Bellcrag Flow; Broomlee Lough and the Hidden Loughs.

Halsgrove’s small-format guidebook, containing maps, photographs and useful information will ensure a great walking experience. Packed with colour, the book is an ideal reminder of a visit to the area.

Anthony Toole lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, and spends much of his time walking in and writing about the hills of the north-east. He contributes walk descriptions regularly to BBC Countryfile Magazine and also contributed to the AA publication, 50 Walks in Durham and Northumberland. He writes outdoor features for The Northumbrian, The Countryman and North-East Life magazines. He is a prizewinning member of Outdoor Writers’ and Photographers’ Guild and Writers and Photographers Unlimited. He has also written A Boot Up the Durham Dales and A Boot Up the Northumberland Coast, also for Halsgrove.

Imprint: PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 0 85710 034 4, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published March 2011.

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