David Haffey

Ecologist, author and passionate walker


Back in the 1870’s the eminent historian and author GM Trevelyan, a member of the family that owned the Wallington Estate, wrote of one of his ambles through Northumberland . . . “We walk all day on long ridges enough to give far views of moor and valley, and the sense of solitude below. It is the land of the far horizons”. This evocative description is one that resonates with my own sense of the essential quality of the landscape of Northumberland and it has stayed with me over the 40 years that I have lived here.

In the 70s and 80s my passion for Northumberland found an outlet through my work for the Northumberland National Park Authority, first as their Ecologist and latterly as Head of Park Management. In the mid 1990s, wishing to stay in Northumberland but take a new direction in my career, I established Countrywise Consultants, specialising in the establishment and management of National Parks and other protected areas, both in the UK and overseas.

Over the years I have got to know Northumberland extremely well, spending many happy days with my wife and kids exploring its stunning landscapes. I have come to realise that it is a county with an amazingly rich natural, cultural and historic heritage and it is this that makes walking in Northumberland such an enjoyable and, at times, educational experience.

It was the lack of good walking guides that encouraged me to write this series of books, a unique feature of which is the attention given to explaining and interpreting this heritage, which I hope will help you to enjoy and appreciate this amazing county.