England's backbone

Posted: 12.12.19

A stunning new book reflecting the beauty of the South Pennines has been published by local author and photographer, Helen Shaw. Armed with notebook and camera, she spent 18 months researching and travelling, taking magnificent photographs along the 268 mile Pennine chain to reflect on the glories of England’s backbone.

Born near Burnley, Helen traces the story from Ashbourne in Derbyshire to the Cheviots, but she reserves a special place for her own backyard.

“I am passionate about the South Pennines and find it hard to believe that this area is not designated. This terrain merging into the Dark Peak has some of the most outstanding landscapes and wild places in the country and I wanted to tell people all about it!”

Helen discovers overlooked viewpoints, walks or longer hikes, beautiful villages, bleak and dramatic hill-tops, caves, breathtaking waterfalls and countless rivers running to the west and east of the Pennine watershed.

This is her third book and is available priced £14.99 from Merlin Unwin Books Find out more