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Where is Paddy Dillon in 2021?

Paddy Dillon walks hard for a living and is always juggling a variety of projects. His work can take him anywhere, and at any time of the year. Next destination - Everywhere!

Treks and Trails - Paddy enjoyed some splendid trips during 2020, despite the upsets caused by Covid-19. He managed to visit Tenerife and spend time in the mountains before the spring lockdown. With the easing of restrictions in the summer, he made extensive explorations of Jersey, the South West Coast Path and the Isles of Scilly. Apart from exploring his local area of Cumbria during the autumn lockdown, he finished the year with a winter trip to Yorkshire. With the easing of restrictions once again in the spring, Paddy spent the spring and summer of 2021 exploring the entire Wales Coast Path in order to update his popular guidebook to the route. He rounded off an entire circuit of Wales by completing the Offa's Dyke Path. He recently checked parts of the developing England Coast Path, took part in the Ulverston Walking Festival and backpacked through the Yorkshire Dales, following the Dales Way.

Guidebook projects - Paddy updated several of his guidebooks towards the end of 2020, including the North Pennines, Isles of Scilly and Jersey. All of these moved through the publication process in 2021 and are now available to walkers. A new edition of Paddy's popular guidebook covering the South West Coast Path has already been published in time for the 2021 season. A new guidebook covering the Wicklow Way in Ireland was also recently published. One thing that lockdown was good for was providing the time to be able to shuffle the paperwork for updated reprints of the GR221 through Mallorca, Pennine Way, Cumbria Way, Great Glen Way and Isle of Arran guidebooks. These will all become available later in 2021.

Out and About - Paddy finds the time to visit all sorts of odd places for short periods throughout the year. In the past he has delivered 'talks about walks' at various venues. With indoor gatherings restricted due to Covid-19, Paddy has started giving talks online in 2021, already covering subjects such as lightweight backpacking, South West Coast Path, National Trails and the GR20 through Corsica.

The English Lake District - The Lake District is on Paddy's doorstep and is visited regularly throughout the year to keep abreast of route changes and other developments, and because it is one of the finest places anyone could ever wish to walk! Paddy's guidebook to the long-distance Cumbria Way starts in his home town of Ulverston.