Our Authors

Written by experts

All the Top 10 Walks series’ authors are experienced, full-time professional outdoors writers and members of the invitation-only Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild. The OWPG is made up of many of the UK’s top writers, photographers and other creative professionals specialising in sustainable activities in the outdoors.

The directors and creators of the Top 10 Walks series are members of the OWPG too.

Sioned Bannister

Sioned has always loved the mountains and the sea and previously worked on the buying team at camping equipment manufacturer Gelert. She regularly contributes travel and outdoor features to Camping Magazine,  MMMCountry & Border Life and Welsh Coast magazine, and has previously written for Walking WalesReal Travel and Ethical Living Magazine.

Sioned manages blogs for several corporate clients, and is an OWPG member and editor of the OWPG website.

Tony Bowerman

Tony started out in museums and worked as a publicity executive in the pharmaceuticals industry before becoming a freelance advertising copywriter. He later became a heritage and countryside interpretive consultant for national clients such as the National Trust, English Heritage, Forestry Commission, Cadw, RSPB, various Wildlife Trusts, county councils and many others. Over the years his site and city guides have been read by an estimated million and more people. He has written articles for The Countryman, Cheshire Life, Cheshire Times, North West Times and other magazines. He is also the author of several books including Walks in Mysterious Cheshire and Walking Cheshire’s Sandstone Trail.

Tony is now a director and company secretary of Northern Eye Books Ltd, and a member of the OWPG.

Neil Coates

Neil is a geography graduate specialising in guidebooks, magazine and newspaper articles, interpretive booklets and leaflets in the countryside, heritage and travel sectors for a wide range of clients. He is widely experienced in desk, field and photo research and has travelled extensively in the Azores, Europe, USA, SE Asia and Australia.

He is a regular contributor to BBC Countryfile magazine, and an occasional writer for The Times Travel supplement (UK and overseas destinations), the Ramblers’ Walk magazine, and Country Walking.

Recent publications include Short Walks Cheshire & Gritstone EdgeHerefordshire & the Wye Valley. Crimson/OS Pathfinder Guide series contributor, including Shropshire & Staffordshire and South PenninesAA Family Walks & Cycle Rides – Peak DistrictAA Leisure Guides – Peak District, and Wales. He is also a major contributor to AA Room at The Inn,  Which? Pub GuideLes Routiers Pubs & Inns Guide, Sawday’s Pubs & Inns, the AA Pub Guide, and The Times Pubs of the Year feature & book.

Neil is a member of the OWPG.

Vivienne Crow

Vivienne is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer, specialising in all things to do with the outdoors. A journalist since 1990, she gave up her desk job as a newspaper sub-editor in 2001 to go travelling in Asia. On her return to the UK, she decided to focus on the activities she loves the most – hill-walking, writing, travelling and photography. Now, as well as writing guidebooks, she is a regular contributor to several magazines and newspapers, and she does copywriting/interpretation work for tourism and conservation bodies.

She is a regular contributor to Lakeland WalkerTGOCumbria and Motorcaravan Motorhome Monthly magazines. She writes weekly outdoors columns in The Cumberland News, the Times & Star and The Whitehaven News; and monthly walks for the News & Star newspaper. She has also contributed travel and outdoor features to The Sydney Morning HeraldScanorama (SAS’s inflight magazine), The Scotsman and several other titles.

Recent publications include Settle to Carlisle WayPub Walks (Top 10 Walks); Walks to Waterfalls (Top 10 Walks); Walks to Tarns (Top 10 Walks); Frommer’s Scotland, 12th edition, co-author with Lesley-Anne Rose and Michael Macaroon; Walking in Cumbria’s Eden Valley  – shortlisted for the Lakeland Book of the Year Awards 2012; Short Walks in the Lake DistrictEasy Rambles in the Langdale ValleysCadogan Britain: The Lake District – winner in the Best Guidebook category, OWPG Awards for Excellence, 2010; Easy Rambles Around Coniston and HawksheadEasy Rambles Around Patterdale and UllswaterEasy Rambles Around Keswick and BorrowdaleEasy Rambles Around Grasmere and Borrowdale; and a major contributor to Crimson Publishing’s The Best of Britain: The Lake District and Walk! The Lake District North.

Viv is also a keen member of the OWPG.

Steve Goodier

Steve Goodier is a freelance outdoor writer who specialises in The Lake District, Wales, Yorkshire and Scotland. He has been involved with the outdoor world for over twenty five years and is a keen fell walker and adventurist who has walked and climbed all over the world. He regularly writes for numerous outdoor magazines ranging from walking publications to camping and caravanning magazines.

Steve is a regular contributor to: Country Walking, Walking Wales, Dalesman, Cumbria, Lakeland Walker, Lakes and Cumbria Today, Camping magazines.
Recent books include: The Lure of The Lakes, Walks Around The Sandstone Ridge, Walks in The Shropshire Hills, Top Ten Walks: High Fells, and Top Ten Walks: Low Fells.

Steve is a member of the OWPG.

Dennis Kelsall

Dennis is a professional writer and photographer specialising in hill and countryside walking and tourist trails, themed to interests in natural and local history and architecture; author of guide, travel and general interest books, audio commentaries and regional newspaper and occasional magazine contributor; photographic coverage includes western European countries, India, Sri Lanka and Central America.

Recent publications include The Pembrokeshire Coastal PathWalking in PembrokeshireThe Ribble WayYorkshire Dales – North and WestDiscovery Walks in Warwickshire; with Jan Kelsall: Walks with Children in the Lake District: Ambleside and Grasmere, Kendal, Windermere; South Lakes; Pathfinder Guide Revisions – Peak District, Cambridgshire, Cardiff, Swansea and Gower, Short Walks in the Yorkshire DalesTake the Kids EnglandWalks through Britain’s History50 Walks in Northumberland50 Walks in the Lake DistrictPub Walks and Cycle Rides in the Cotswolds, Photographic Memories: North Somerset, South and West Somerset, Lancashire, Lancashire: a Second Selection.

Dennis is also the secretary of OWPG.

Harri Roberts

Dr Harri Roberts has an academic background in literary studies and Welsh culture, including both an MA and a PhD in Welsh writing in English. He has contributed to The Babel Guide to Welsh Fiction and worked as a reviewer for the Welsh Internationalist magazine, Planet, and the Welsh literary journal, New Welsh Review. He has contributed articles to Walking Wales magazine and writes regularly for several online walking sites. He is a fluent Welsh speaker and works as a Welsh translator; he also has a part-time post in a tourist information centre in Caerleon.

Harri is also an OWPG member and the editor of their magazine, Outdoor Focus.

 Carl Rogers

Carl began rock climbing at the age of 12. Since then he has walked, scrambled and climbed extensively throughout North Wales, Cumbria and the Scottish Highlands, with occasional trips to the Alps. He worked in marketing as a graphic designer and photographer for 20 years before moving into publishing in 2003. He is the author of more than twenty walking books and a director of Northern Eye Books, the creators and designers of the Top 10 Walks books.

Recent publications include Mountain & Hill Walking in Snowdonia Vols 1 & 2; Snowdonia’s Best Mountain Walks; the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path — Official Guide; and Wales Coast Path: Top 10 Walks: Llyn Peninsula.

Carl is also a committee member of the OWPG.

Kevin Walker

Kevin is a long-term mountain-addict living in the Brecon Beacons, with over 30 years experience of professional mountain activities training, guiding, writing, and photography. He is the proprietor of Kevin Walker Mountain Activities, offering outdoor training courses, walking breaks, private guiding, personal tuition and coaching.

He is a writer and illustrator of technical articles, hill-skills books, and guidebooks, and a mountain photographer with an extensive photo-library covering most of Wales.

Recent publications include the Essential Hillwalkers Guide; Navigation; Undiscovered Wales; and Guides to Pen y Fan, Sugar Loaf, Waterfalls Country and Allt yr Esgair. Kevin also writes a monthly ‘hill-skills’ column in TGO magazine.

Kevin is a member of the OWPG.