Another cracking little book from Trailguides. This one however, is a little different. It is essentially an update of a book of the same title, written by W. Ford Robertson, and published in 1926.
This version is written by Geoff Holland, author of numerous walking guides to the North of England, and contributor to various magazines.
The book has the same clean layout of the other Trailguides publications that I have seen, inside and out. The introduction explains how Geoff came to write the book, and also contains sections devoted to: how to use the book, information and history of the area, access, weather, and accommodation to name a few.
Wooler is a town in Northumberland, situated on the edge of the Cheviot Hills, and gives easy access to large chunks of the National Park. It is a popular destination for walkers and cyclists.
There are eight walks contained within the guide. Distance, terrain, and time are included as you would expect, grid references to key points on the route are also given. Each walk is then broken down and described in great detail, accompanied by numerous photographs taken by the author.
Don’t expect up to date OS mapping, with the route marked: that is not Trailguides’ style. What you do get, are clear diagrams based on old OS one inch maps. All the information required is there, however a little work is expected of the reader. Which can be no bad thing!
Contained within the text are numerous quotes from W. Ford Robertson, which add to the entertainment value provided by this book. It really is a good read, a great introduction to a beautiful part of the country, and a useful addition to the bookshelf.