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Gill Haves

Gill Haves

Gill is the official photographer for Shepherds Walks.

If you have been on any of our challenge walks you will more than likely seen her, often lying down in long grass or passing you walking in the wrong direction for the second time that day, which often confuses people.

I know you will agree Gill produces some stunning images and is self-employed so please do get in touch with Shepherds Walks and we can forward your details onto you if you are in need of a quality photographer.

So who is Gill, who is the lady behind that camera lens?

Which is your favourite walk in Northumberland?

Thats a hard call between Craster to Low Newton (The Ship Inn) and back, or the Simonside Hills  (followed by cake in Rothbury with Mrs SW afterwards.) Some days I need height and views, some days I need sea air!

What inspires you to get up in the morning?

My walk along the North Tyne with my German short haired pointer,  Welly!

Where would be your special place to eat your packed lunch on a walk?

Anywhere high with a great view!

What makes you smile?

My teenage kids when they are in funny mode. They can be a real hoot when they are not just grunting at me.

What is your favourite Shepherds Walks event and why?

St Cuthberts Challenge. The heather smells so divine and the views are spectacular

What’s your greatest achievement?

This will sound a little odd to those who don't know me, but a little like the Lion from the Wizard of Oz - finding courage to make a change!

What can’t you do without when out walking?

My camera!

Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?

Billy Bragg, Mo Molam, Gandhi, Ellen Macarthur. If I am allowed five, David Attenborough

If you could walk any walk/ climb in the world what would it be?

I have a distant dream to go up Kilimanjaro. I would love to go to Africa.... just need to win the lottery!

Which of your achievements makes you most proud?

My gites in the Loire Valley in France being accepted by Alistair Sawday's Special Places Guide. When we bought La Roultiere in 2002 I told myself I wanted to turn it around to be good enough to be approved by this highly rated accommodation guide. It took 9 years and was a complete labour of love to transform the buildings and the business to win this accolade!

A trip to Northumberland wouldn’t be complete without a visit to .....?

The beach at Bamburgh!

What would you wish your epitaph to be?

Pootling Pixel Pixie!