Labour of love is still going after ten years

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A website highlighting some of the best walks in Northumberland has marked its tenth anniversary.

The site – www.cheviotwalks.co.uk – was created by Monkseaton-based writer Geoff Holland, offering a selection of unique free to download walking routes, ranging from 5.7-miles to 23-miles, in the Cheviot Hills.

When the website first went live on January 1, 2006, it featured nine walking routes, and has now expanded to 39 routes plus articles, poems, photographs and information on the area.

Geoff said: “When I first started creating the website I had no particular plan in mind just a vague idea of how I might develop something which would be pleasing to the eye as well as a catalyst for fellow walkers to get out and about into the wide open spaces.

“I wanted to share with a wider audience some of the routes I had devised whilst out fell running and walking in the Cheviot Hills and at the same time taking full advantage of the recently won right to roam legislation.

“Looking back over the last ten years I continue to be amazed at the huge response the website has received from users both throughout the county and further afield. It has been a real labour of love.”