I started Northern Walker as a kind of test bed for a project I was working on. It felt good to have the opportunity to write about those things that make life worth living so I kept it going.
This site is largely about three things:
Hillwalking and Backpacking I love venturing into the hills, usually alone, and sleeping out somewhere. I try to be a lightweight traveller although it’s a challenge finding lightweight tents to fit when you’re 6’6.”
Cycling is a central part of my life. It’s my daily exercise, a mode of transport when I commute into Manchester and London, and allows me to get off the beaten track when touring. I love working on bikes, too, having built my touring bike pretty much from scratch. I’m more of a road trundler than road racer and my tastes in bikes tend to be traditional… steel frames and Brooks saddles all round. I currently have four bikes (a much-loved Woodrup Sportivo, Surly Troll, Surly ECR and a Brompton H6 for multi-modal trips) and am always interested in growing the fleet.
Whisky: I love Scotland and I love Scotch, particularly Islay malts. From time to time, I’ll put something on the blog about what I’m drinking. I don’t have a particularly refined palette, but am always keen to try something new.
If you fancy dropping me a line or have questions about anything on these pages, you can email me here.