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Author and Journalist

Debbie has co-written two books so far.
Her first was written with her husband Andy.

In the Spirit of Wainwright








Debbie North's love of fell walking blossomed when she met her husband, Andy, a keen hillwalker himself. But in 2008, she was diagnosed with spinal degeneration and was no longer able to walk the hills she loves so much. Andy refused to go exploring without his walking partner because it didn't feel right. After a spell of feeling sorry for themselves, Debbie and Andy teamed up with TerrainHopper, makers of a 4x4 all-terrain wheelchair, so they could get out into the countryside again. With their hiking boots on and TerrainHopper charged and ready to go, they travelled coast to coast across the North of England, in the spirit of Wainwright.

Walks Without Stile
Co-written with Jonathan Smith









A collaboration between Debbie North, access champion in the Yorkshire Dales, and local walking guide Jonathan Smith, brings together 32 of the best ‘Accessible’ walks (those without stiles) in the Yorkshire and Cumbrian Dales.

The walks vary in difficulty between short strolls of a mile or two to more strenuous walks including climbs of a selection of the Dales 30 mountains.

The book includes:

  • Detailed description of all 32 walks

  • Sketch map of each walk

  • Colour photography throughout the book

  • Facts and anecdotes on the walks and area

In addition, other local experts give their views on Accessible Accommodation, the Policies of the National Park on access and a case study from the Clapdale estate.

The Foreward is written by Amanda Owen, the Yorkshire Shepherdess & Patron of the ‘Access the Dales’ Charity.

Debbie is a regular contributor to BBC Countryfile Magazine and Trail
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