Andrea's enthusiasm for the great outdoors started at the green age of 5 after she climbed her first mountain in a pair of wellies and a plastic mac! (Gore-tex wasn't invented then!).
Over recent years she has walked extensively in the UK and overseas. As they say however "home is where the heart is" and Andrea rates the wild, wind-swept moorlands and high, rolling hills of Northumberland among one of the best places to walk.
So who is Andrea, what makes her tick?
- Which is your favourite walk in Northumberland? Oh dear, it is too hard to choose as there are so many! I would probably have to say the Border Ridge. There are so many breath-taking views, and the route is steeped in so much history too. I like a walk with a good story!
- What inspires you to get up in the morning? The thought of a cup of coffee made from freshly ground beans picked from a coffee plantation in Costa Rica that I visited in the summer!!!
- Where would be your special place to eat your packed lunch on a walk? Looking out towards Bamburgh Castle from Lindisfarne on the St Cuthbert’s Way!
- What makes you smile? The unexpected moments in life. Big skies and wide horizons. Spending time with friends and family.
- What is your favourite Shepherds Walks event and why? Most definitely the Northumberland Coastal Challenge! 26(ish) miles of truly stunning Northumberland coastline makes for a superb walk and it is a great kick-start to the season. The atmosphere and sense of achievement amongst the participants on the day is always amazing, and having completed the event in 2011 myseIf, I can identify with every step walked along the way!
- What’s your greatest achievement? Completing a trek around the Annapurna Himal in 2008 / Summiting Mount Toubkal in the High Atlas mountains in 2009.
- What can’t you do without when out walking? My Paramo Velez Adventure smock! It has become a trusty part of me over the years come rain, hail, sleet and snow! Also, a packet of Percy Pigs or suitable Haribo equivalent!
- Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party? Larry Louie (Travel and documentary photographer) Beatrix Potter (Accomplished children’s author), Colin Prior (Landscape photographer) Bear Grylls (Adventurer), Joe Simpson (Climber/author) Janet Street-Porter (Just for laughs!) and maybe the Dalai Lama, if he wasn’t too busy as well!
- If you could walk any walk/ climb in the world what would it be? I think Mount Kilimanjaro will be next on the “to do” list!
- Which of your achievements makes you most proud? Being awarded Photographer of the Year in my local Camera Club.
- A trip to Northumberland wouldn’t be complete without a visit to .....? Cragside House in Rothbury, home of Victorian inventor, innovator, engineer and pure genius, Lord Armstrong!
- What would you wish your epitaph to be? Love, be passionate, celebrate, be spontaneous, dream big and dare to change the world ... Or you might as well go home!