Walking on the wild side

Jon Tait has penned a book 'Northumberland: 40 Coast and Country Walks'

Jon Tait has penned a book 'Northumberland: 40 Coast and Country Walks'

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THE descendant of a Border Reiver has been carrying out Northumberland exploits of his own for a new walking guide.

Jon Tait has covered around 150 miles of the county for his book Northumberland: 40 Coast and Country Walks.

His travels took him to some of the paths crossed by his famous ancestor Will Tait, of Cherrytrees, who spent four years locked up in York and Berwick from 1598 for his part in gang raids.

He was held with other men from Teviotdale and, when 12 prisoners attempted a daring escape from York Castle, it was Will who first leapt from the walls, along with notorious Liddesdale Reiver Sim Armstrong, from Whitehaugh, who was part of a gang that broke Kinmont Willie Armstrong from Carlisle Castle.

Mr Tait’s book offers a somewhat gentler journey through the county, providing a mix of family-friendly strolls along the beautiful coast and countryside of Northumberland.

There are walks along unspoilt beaches, rugged hill walks and adventures along Hadrian’s Wall, as well as trails in around the county’s picturesque market towns, including Morpeth.

Walks vary from easy to moderate and the information about routes and history is accompanied by photography and maps.

Mr Tait, 40, said: “Everyone can enjoy the walks in the book and it’s a perfect way to spend a holiday at home this summer with money still being tight for the majority of people.”

The book is published by Pocket Mountains and is available from Waterstones or Cotswold Outdoor Stores, or online from amazon.com

It can also be bought from www.pocketmountains.com for £6.99, including free postage and packing.